I received complimentary tickets to the Ice Castle, however all opinions are my own.
It’s the brutal part of winter here in Minnesota. February means cold, brittle, icy, and frozen to those of us that live in this area. This is just the reality of our environment. But living in Minnesota has certain advantages, because for the second year in a row my family has braved the cold for a winter adventure– Ice Castles.
I don’t entirely understand how they craft this monstrous creation. Obviously, it’s a lot of water mixed with a lot of cold weather. There is sort of a sweet satisfaction in living in a place where it is so frigid you can build and maintain a castle made from ice.
This is our second year attending this Minnesota must-see. Last year we visited in the evening. The ice was aglow with lights and was truly a site to see. That being said, if you have little kids I recommend visiting in the daylight. There are slides, tunnels, and lots of crevices to explore which is an easier task to do with light.
With all the slides and tunnels to explore make sure to bundle up the kids in their full winter gear. Our first year we made a rookie mistake and didn’t bring snow pants. This year we were well equipped with complete outside gear. We visited this year on a relatively warm day, it was around 35* degrees, but had it been any colder handwarmers would have been ideal. On this visit I saw a man with what could be considered dress shoes. The inside of the castle is full of snow and ice and can be a little slippery. I highly recommend a good pair of winter boots to ensure your best footing and to keep warm.
Based in Eden Prairie, I recommend ordering tickets online before making the trek for a visit as certain hours can be sold out. Entrance is granted at certain hours of the day, but once you’ve entered you are welcome to stay until finished. For other helpful information about your visit be sure to check out the FAQ section.
One lucky Mama Report reader will win a family 4-pack of tickets to visit the Ice Castle in Minnesota!
Unfortunately the Ice Castle had to close early this winter due to the warm weather, therefore no tickets were given away. I apologize for any inconvenience.