Explore Ice Castles Across America with Kids this Winter
If you’re looking for some great winter fun for your family, consider visiting Ice Castles. These amazing structures, made up of over 20 million pounds of ice, are an incredible experience for both grown-ups and kids. And with Ice Castles in New Hampshire, Minnesota, New York, Utah, and of course the Lake Geneva Ice Castles in Wisconsin, there just may be one near your home or within a drive for a quick getaway. From what to wear to what to expect, we have all the details about visiting these magical Ice Castles with kids.
For more ideas on what do this winter, check out our favorite 40 Outdoor Activities for Kids this Winter.
LED lights give Ice Castles a truly magical glow.
What to Know About Ice Castles
Ice Castles are built by professional ice artists using hundreds of thousands of icicles. They are truly magical places to walk through, climb, slide on, and wonder over. Ice Castles feature LED-lit sculptures, arches, rooms, bridges, slides for both kids and adults, tunnels, and more. There are also colored light shows, cozy fires, visits from characters, and a lot of whimsy. And, most of the castles have ice mazes for families to wind their way through.
Kids will love exploring Ice Castles.
What to Bring to Ice Castles
When visiting Ice Castles, it’s important to bundle up. Hats, gloves, and boots with good grip are key, as you will be walking on snow and ice. Most of the castles feature smooth, snowy paths that can accommodate strollers and wagons, but you'll likely want to park them in certain places while little ones walk through tunnels or climb.
Food and snacks are permitted at Ice Castles. There are also food and drinks available for purchase, though menus and options will vary by location. Restrooms are available at all of the locations.
You never know what you'll find around the next corner when visiting Ice Castles.
Tickets and Parking
Tickets to all Ice Castles locations are sold by time slots to make sure every group has enough space to explore. Tickets may be purchased on-site if they're available, but it's better to buy them online in advance so they don't sell out. Online tickets go on sale in December. You can also book private experiences in an Arctic alcove for special occasions.
Parking is free at some of the locations, while others offer paid or metered parking. Depending on the location, there are also shuttle busses to take you to and from alternate parking lots.
Illuminated icicles resemble sparkling chandeliers.
More Information About Ice Castles
Utah Ice Castles — Midway
Opening Date: January 1, 2021
Extras: Families can walk through caverns and archways beneath icicles that resemble shimmering chandeliers.They can also take an illuminated sleigh ride through a wooded winter trail.
Minnesota Ice Castles — New Brighton
Opening Date: January 7, 2021
Extras: Families can explore archways and caverns with sparkling icicles overhead.
Slide down colorful ice slides at the New Hampshire Ice Castles location. Photo by Ally Noel
New Hampshire Ice Castles — North Woodstock
Opening Date: January 8, 2021
Extras: Once they've explored Ice Castles, families can go snow tubing or enjoy a sleigh ride along an illuminated trail. They can also walk the gorgeous quarter-mile trail through the trees. Note: Ice Castles in NH is the only location that does not offer an ice maze.
New York Ice Castles — Lake George
Opening Date: January 22, 2021
Extras: Ice Castles in Lake George is located in Charles R. Wood Park. It includes gorgeous caverns dripping with icicles that families can walk through.
Wisconsin Ice Castles — Lake Geneva
Opening Date: January 28, 2021
Extras: After visiting the Lake Geneva Ice Castles, families can take a winter sleigh ride along a scenic, illuminated trail.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of Ice Castles