Winter is over and spring is “here”… But you would never have guessed it based on the few inches of snow that got dumped on us over the past few days. Before the weather warms up and spring actually arrives in the northeast, I wanted to share one of my favorite memories from this winter: my first visit to the Ice Castles, NH.
This year we somehow got lucky enough that Valentine’s Day fell on President’s Day Weekend. My honey decided to treat me to a weekend away in New Hampshire to visit his hometown and along the way we stopped at the Ice Castles.
The Ice Castles concept was created by Brent in his back yard in Utah one winter. It started out as a small, fun winter playground that would keep his kids entertained, but he soon realized he could create it on an even larger scale for more folks to enjoy. And VOILA! The Ice Castles were born.
I’m not a huge fan of winter sports or activities. It’s too cold for my liking… Arthur and I just so happened to pick the coldest day of the year to head out for a visit. We braved the negative degree weather and set out for a full “Frozen” experience.
Next stop, set out for some proper exploring.
^ My favorite one. A heart for Valentine’s Day.
The Ice Castles have four locations:
Eden Prairie, MN
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
They are currently closed for the season, but check them out on Facebook for information on when they open next season.
Some tips for your trip to the Ice Castles: Check the weather before you go, dress warm (hats and gloves are a must, if it’s really cold, I would even pack some hand warmers so that your fingers don’t freeze up), wear waterproof shoes/snow boots, purchase your tickets online – it saves you so much hassle, and make sure to bring a camera to capture your favorite memories.
Go later in the afternoon. At night they do a light show and it looks so cool up against the ice. It would be really great to see the Ice Castles in day light and under the night lights.
Bring cash or a charge card if you want to buy souvenirs… they do sell printout photos for around $15, but I’d much rather take my own pictures and print them myself.
Stay warm during this spring snowstorm!