By Pat Dillon
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
There are many ways to take on a snowy hill in Wisconsin, and tubing is one that’s a fast-paced thrill accessible in almost any region of the state. There are also excellent family-friendly places to stay conveniently located near the hills. So pull on your insulated gear and head out to a hill in one of these tubing-friendly destinations.
Zip Down Peninsula State Park’s Fairway 17
Winter in Door County is a serene season and accommodations are plentiful. Tubing lovers will not only appreciate the dramatic view at Hole 17 at the Peninsula State Park Golf Course, but the high drama while zipping down its steep, snowy incline is a rush!
You’ll find the perfect space for the whole family at roomy Little Sweden, a resort of rooms, villas, homes and penthouses in Fish Creek. The Pine Cone Guest House is another roomy option in the area.
Enjoy the Ride in Appleton's Parks
Appleton’s AmericInn, with its spacious suites and indoor pool, is a perfect spot to anchor the family before heading out to Reid Municipal Golf Course where rolling fairways are primed for tubing once the snow flies. A bonus to this spot, one of three in Appleton, is its roomy warming house with concessions.
Fantastic Tubing Near Green Bay
If you’re traveling to Green Bay and want a spot to tube or sled, check into the Comfort Inn, or get a family suite at Hotel J, then bundle up the kids and head to Meadowbrook Park in nearby Howard. The hill is located behind Meadowbrook Elementary School. It’s lit and has a “bunny” hill for beginners.
Or head to Bellevue, just 11 minutes out of Green Bay, to Josten Park. Here you can tube on a wide hill leading to a woodland area where building forts along a scenic creek is a local winter favorite.
Take on the Hills of Madison
There are more than a few spots for tubing excitement within the City of Madison—Elver Park which has a warming house or Warner Park with no warming house are two—but Olbrich Park has a wide, steep to gentle slope with a fantastic view. Set overlooking Lake Monona and the Capitol, the park is located on the east side of Madison directly across from Olbrich Gardens, just blocks from some of the best local food in the city.
If you’re staying the night, central to the city is the Mendota Lake House, a downtown, Frank Lloyd Wright-style experience on Madison’s other isthmus lake, or try the Best Western East Towne Suites near tons of fast-food and East Towne Mall shopping. There’s also the upscale boutique Edgewater, a hotel also on Lake Mendota near the State Capitol and close to dining and shopping along State Street. It also has on-site dining choices the whole family will enjoy.
Scenic Hills for Tubing at Lake Country Parks
In Waukesha County’s “Lake Country,” when the beaches are covered with snow, the county parks open for tubing. And its cozy cottage rentals are plentiful on many lakes in the area, like this cottage overlooking Silver Lake in the Town of Summit or this lake home Okauchee Lake in Oconomowoc.
Take the tube and sled to Genesee Lake Road Park, a fairly secluded park, with restroom facilities across the street. For a snowy urban experience, Fowler Park is nearby and has tubing right alongside Fowler Lake.