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April 4, 2016

Ice Castles, NH

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.Ice Castles New HampshireDSC01378

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.

First stop, meet Elsa the Ice Princess herself! DSC01432

Next stop, set out for some proper exploring.

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When you walk through the Ice Castles, you can’t help but just stare in awe. Each Ice Castle weighs about 25,000,000 pounds. DSC01434

Don’t forget to look up!DSC01395

The artisans grow about 10,000 icicles every day!DSC01406DSC01448DSC01399

They place the icicles all around the castle and eventually they get absorbed into the ice structure and create this scary/wonderful look.DSC01397DSC01415DSC01428DSC01396

^ My favorite one. A heart for Valentine’s Day.

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The walls are blocks of ice that are 10 feet thick!

We walked through all of the caves and peeked into the crevices. DSC01407

The Ice Castles are truly a playground for the young and old. DSC01408

Some of the hidden nooks include slides and even a track for sledding.DSC01409

This kid and his Dad were arguing over who would get to go down the slide first.DSC01410 DSC01421

It was much too cold for me to brave the long line for sliding or sledding. Arthur and I just admired all of the other brave souls as they came down the tracks. DSC01416 DSC01417 DSC01418

Hi there!DSC01422

Despite nearly freezing our butts off, Arthur and I had a really great time! It was so sweet to finally get to see the Ice Castles in person after fawning of the photos online for so long.DSC01426 DSC01442

When they said everything was made of ice, they weren’t joking! I nearly slipped off the ice throne trying to get a cute picture.

But I managed… Watching over my ice kingdom.DSC01430 DSC01413DSC01433

Eventually after about an hour of exploring, it got too cold and we decided to head out for the day. I heard the had a heater in the lobby and peaced out to go warm up my frozen hands.

The Ice Castles have four locations:

Midway, UT

Eden Prairie, MN

Lincoln, NH

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!

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