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Are you looking for some winter time fun for your family? See if there are some local ice castles! We had the pleasure of attending our local Ice castle in Midway, Utah. The ice castles are massive structures made entirely of ice. (We received free passes for our family in exchange for this post.)
The ice castles have walking paths, slides, tunnels, caves a fountain and benches ALL out of ice! The walking paths are all made of snow. The ice castle is continually growing and changing. They grow at least 10,000 icicles every day and place them throughout the ice castles to provide something for the water to freeze to. Over time the icicles just get absorbed into the ice structure. The walls are over 10 feet thick and they say that the castle could weigh up to 25,000,000 pounds!
It is amazing to walk around and see the stunning formations of ice all throughout. I was constantly in awe over how beautiful it all is. The ice is blue, but they have not done anything to color it, it’s just naturally the way it is represented (just like how water looks blue!). Throughout the castle they play music and there are lights inside of it making it glow different colors- especially when dark! If you have little girls, they have Elsa and Anna there that you can take a picture with!
The ice castle started in Alpine, UT in the front yard of the creator’s home! It has since grown and even has 4 locations: Midway, UT; Eden Prairie, MN; Lincoln NH; and Edmonton, AB.
They are open January through March (depending on the weather). We were dying to go last year, but had such a mild winter that I am not sure if it was even cold enough to be open. So my family was really excited to have the chance to go this time!
Check out this video done there a few years ago!
Pricing for the Ice Castles:
Child (4-11): $6.95
General (12+): $9.95
Child (4-11): $8.95
General (12+): $12.95
Tips: Dress SUPER Warm & buy tickets ahead of time;
they are cheaper & they sell out.