Are you always looking for a family adventure that is unique? Well, this winter, I would love to encourage you to check out one of the amazing ice castles in the US! There are only five in the country. Each ice castle is created using thousands of icicles. Each icicle is placed by hand, ensuring even the most intricate detail is accurate. And every castle offers experiences your family will remember for a lifetime.
When you take the time to visit one of these ice castles, your family will have the chance to check out LED-lit sculptures. Of course, your kids will love sitting in the frozen thrones, zooming down ice slides, and exploring ice-carved tunnels too.
The ice castle in Lake George, New York opens in January of 2022. Your time at this ice castle will include time in an icy cavern, as you walk beneath icicles hanging from above. Kids of all ages will love racing down the ice slides and crawling through the tunnels. The ice maze will keep everyone in your family busy, as you try to find your way out.
And if you know you want to spend even more time at this ice castle in New York, I recommend doing the VIP experience in the Arctic Alcove. This private space will keep you in the icy spirit, as you relax and recharge for the next adventure.
The ice castle in Lincoln, New Hampshire also opens in January every year. But this one offers a little bit more than the one in New York. Yes, you can wander through the ice castle, scurry down the slides, and crawl through ice tunnels. But imagine snow tubing with your kids before taking a mystic forest light walk and going for a sleigh ride.
Minnesota’s ice castle takes you back to the basics when it opens in January. The caverns and archways made of ice will keep you intrigued, as you wonder how it was made so perfectly. Sliding down slides, crawling through tunnels, and conquering the ice maze are all in a day’s fun in Minnesota.
Utah is where all the ice castle fun began so many years ago, when founder Brent Christensen created the first ice cave in his yard. His goal was to ensure his kids got outside to play and the ice cave seemed like the perfect solution! Kids from all over the neighborhood joined in on the fun and ice castles have been popping up in cities now since 2011.
At the ice castle in Utah, you can walk through ice caverns, go down ice slides, and crawl through ice tunnels. The ice maze will keep your family guessing until you reach the end. Of course, the best way to end this special family day is by taking a sleigh ride along a wooded trail.
It is all about the ice caves, tunnels, slides, and mazes at the ice castle in Wisconsin! Add in a sleigh ride and a little VIP time in the Arctic Alcove and you will have a memorable day with your family.
As you can see, all five ice castles in the US are slightly similar. But each one will look different if you take the time to see them all. Each ice castle opens in January and stays open until the end of February or beginning of March. It is all dependent on the weather though, as warmer temperatures will result in the ice castles melting a little faster.
It is best to book your tickets in advance, as they sell out quickly. And unless you have an ice castle within driving time of your home, you will need to book a mini family vacation for this experience. The good news is that each area has so many other family friendly activities, so you can really enjoy your stay and plan other activities too.
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