Snow Tubing Hills and Toboggan Runs Near Chicagoland for Winter Thrills

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Do your kids love sledding, but wish the hills were bigger… or that the sled went faster? These little thrill-seekers are sure to love snow tubing and tobogganing, so we’ve rounded up all the local places to try these snowy activities. We’ve also found a few destination hills and winter adventure parks.

If you haven’t tried tobogganing before, it differs from sledding in that it has no, or only low, runners or skis on the underside. The bottom of a toboggan rides directly on the snow and typically allows for multiple people to ride at once, which makes it one of the best winter activities with friends.

Most of the local hills on our list require a natural snowfall, while many of the destination hills at winter resorts make their own snow. Pricing varies widely, so we’ve included some below to give you an idea of what you’ll spend at various locations; prices are subject to change but current as of January 3, 2024. See you on the hills!

Local Tubing Hills

Villa Olivia
1401 W Lake Street
Bartlett, IL 60103
(630) 540-4199

Villa Olivia takes online reservations for snow tubing. Guests can book a 2-hour visit. Admission starts at $32 per guest ages 6 and over. They also have night tubing available for $28. Children 4 and 5 years old are allowed to ride share. There is a slight discount for night tickets, as well as for Bartlett residents. Multi-visit passes can also be reserved.

Their 2024 opening date has been delayed. Please check their website for more updates.

Mount Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve
Enter off Butterfield Road between Batavia Road and Winfield Road
Warrenville, IL 60555

The tubing hill at Mount Hoy is open for rentals on weekends and school holidays until February 25, 2024. Guests can pay $10 for a daily rental and enjoy the slopes from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Check out Annie’s insider’s guide before visiting.

Before you go, be sure to text TUBING to (866) 743-7332 to be sure the hill will be open.

Plum Creek Nature Center/Goodenow Grove
27064 S. Dutton Road
Crete Township near Beecher, IL 60401

Guests can rent snow tubes at Plum Creek Nature Center for $2 per tube. Rentals begin when weather conditions allow after December 1. The nature center usually opens at 10am Tuesday through Saturdays, 1pm on Sundays, and is closed on Mondays; tube rentals end at 3pm and tubes must be returned by 4pm. Check the website for updates to the hours and call (708) 946-2216 for current tubing conditions.

Local Sledding Hills
If you own your own snow tubes, try taking them to one of the sledding hills on our list! It’s a fun and different experience than using a sled.

Destination Tubing Hills

Snow Park at Alpine Hills
4402 Larson Avenue
Rockford, IL 61108
(815) 966-8737

Their opening date has been delayed, so be sure to check their website before you go. Tube rental is generally $11, but reduced to $8 on Thursdays after 5pm and raised to $12 on Fridays at 4pm and 6pm for Glow Night. Guests who are 36-42 inches tall must use a red mini tube; other guests will use blue tubes. Open Thursday – Sunday. Please check the website for hours. Reservations are available online and are encouraged, as spots fill up quickly.

Wilmot Mountain
11931 Fox River Road
Wilmot, WI 53192
(262) 862-2301

Tubing is not open at this time. They encourage you to check their website or download the My Epic app for more updates. Featuring 22 lanes of tubing over 1,000 feet long, plus conveyor lifts to head back to the top. Tickets are usually $55 for a two-hour slot and should be purchased online in advance; the “window rate” is $5 more than the online rate.

Cascade Mountain
W10441 Cascade Mountain Road
Portage, WI 53901
(608) 742-5588

“Tube Town” at Cascade Mountain opened last year and is currently open. It has a ski and snowboard resort which features a 900-foot chute and a lift back to the top. Admission must be purchased online in advance and ranges from $15 to $40 per time slot, depending on age and time.

Sunburst Winter Sports Park
8355 Prospect Drive
Kewaskum, WI 53040
(262) 626-8404

Experience the world’s largest tubing hill at Sunburst! Tickets are generally $25 in advance and $30 for a day-of visit, but vary based on day; check the website for full pricing, as well as restrictions and guidelines before driving up, such as the minimum height recommendation of 42โ€ณ. Tubing is currently closed, reopening dates will be released soon on their website.

Snowstar Winter Park
9500 126th Street West
Andalusia, IL 61232
(309) 798-2673

Due to the recent warm weather, they have been unable to open for the season at this time. Please check their website for updates. Snowstar is a winter adventure park with snow tubing, skiing and snowboarding. Visitors can reserve their 2-hour or 4-hour tubing session online or over the phone; tubing starts at $26/person. All riders must be able to ride independently on their own tube, with no one under the age of 3 allowed.

The Rock Snow Park
7011 S Ballpark Drive
Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 235-8818

Tubing will resume January 5, 2024 after snowmaking. Weeknight tickets start at $22 per person from 4:00 – 8:00pm. Two-hour weekend tickets (Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays) are available for guests starting at $27. Special glow night tickets start at $35 for the online rate on select Saturdays in January from 9:15pm – 11:00pm.

Toboggan Runs in the Midwest

Pokagon State Park
450 Lane 100 Lake James
Angola, IN 46703
(260) 833-2012

Open until February 25, 2024. With a 30-foot tower and over 90-feet total vertical drop, this refrigerated toboggan run is a must-see for winter thrill seekers. Toboggans may be rented on weekends for a fee of $20 per hour. There is also a parking fee of $7 in-state vehicles ($9 out-of-state vehicles).

Echo Valley
8495 E. H Ave
Kalamazoo, MI
(269) 349-3017

If you have a need for speed, this is for you! These toboggan runs are equipped with an all-season sledding surface called Everslide, which works in all weather conditions. Daily passes include unlimited access to tubing, tobogganing, and the warming lodge. The Daily Combo (tobogganing and tubing) is $20 and an Individual Season Pass (unlimited tobogganing and tubing) is $50. Heads up: they no longer accept credit cards. Find current hours on their homepage.

N7891 US Hwy 12
Elkhorn, WI 53121
(262) 742-2352

The campus of this religious camp and conference center includes 1.5 miles of trails, two toboggan runs, indoor and outdoor campfire locations, and wooded areas to make snow sculptures and explore. The sledding and toboggan hills can be rented for a group, or they typically host a family fun day at the end of January you can sign up for. Check their Facebook for more updates or call them to reserve your rental.

Looking for other new ideas? Check out our full guide of more outdoor activities, or all of our winter activity ideas.

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