Ice Castles in New Hampshire 2018
Growing up in New England there is one thing you can count on in the winter; cold weather. As a child, I loved snow days and would build snowmen and snow forts. My favorite thing was to use a picnic table we had in the yard and transform it into a snowy winter cave.
This is similar to how Ice Castles came about. Utah resident Brent Christensen attempted to build an ice cave for his daughter in the front yard of his home in Alpine, Utah. The project turned into a winter hit drawing crowds of locals to visit and tour his creation. Ice Castles has since turned into an internationally renowned tourist attraction with six locations across North America and growing.
ICE CASTLES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE OPENED
The popular icy attraction in Lincoln, New Hampshire opened to the public on January 5, 2018. Tickets are on sale on Ice Castles’ website.
The Utah-based company behind the attraction is currently building ice castles in an unprecedented six locations across North America. The acre-sized interactive attraction in Lincoln, New Hampshire will feature ice-carved
tunnels, fountains, slides, frozen thrones, and spiraling towers embedded with color-changing LED lights that twinkle to music at night.
Artisans have spent the last several weeks dripping, shaping, and hand-placing icicles to create the life-size fairytale playground. The breathtaking attraction has become a must-see winter attraction and social media sensation.
Since 2011, travelers from all over the globe have flocked to Ice Castles to walk through the frozen creation made up of 25 million pounds of ice. The ice castle in Lincoln, New Hampshire is one of six locations this year. The company has other locations in Midway, Utah; Dillon, Colorado; Stillwater, Minnesota; Lincoln, Edmonton, Alberta; and
Facts, features and Public Draw:
- Process: Each ice castle is built by hand and takes thousands of man-hours to create. The daily process consists of growing 5,000 to 12,000 icicles that are harvested by hand and individually sculpted into existing ice formations. Newly placed icicles are then drenched with water. The blend of icicle placement, temperatures, water volume and wind result in an astonishing and ever-changing variety of ice formations.
- The towering, walk-through structures are made entirely of ice.
- Each castle is approximately one acre in size and takes approximately two months to construct.
- The construction team consists of 20-40 ice artisans.
- Each castle weighs more than 25 million pounds.
- LED lights frozen inside the ice light up and twinkle to music adding a magical ambiance to the breathtaking interactive sculptures.
- All of our Ice Castles are located next to a natural water source so all of our water returns directly into the environment to be used again by wildlife, people, and plants.
Enchanted Frozen Princess
Meet the enchanted ice princess and take a photo with her as you enter their frozen home. The princess will be greeting guests at the Ice Castles during the following times:
- Saturday: 11am-5pm
- Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Appearances are weather dependent. On very cold days appearance times may be shortened or canceled.
Enjoy a high energy fire show at the Ice Castles! They will amaze you with a versatile and unique show using many different manipulation props including fire breathing, spinning, hula, and more. Performances will take place every Friday and Saturday from 7:15 pm to 10:15 pm
Tips for a Great Experience
- Wear Boots! The walking surface inside of the Ice Castles is made of crushed ice. Walking in boots is definitely best.
- Buy Tickets Before You Arrive! When you buy a ticket, you buy an arrival time. We ask that you arrive within your 30 minute time window. Once you are inside the castle you can stay as long as you’d like!
- Save some trees! When you buy your tickets online we’ll send you an email with a unique QR code, so there’s no need to print your tickets. We can scan the code right from your phone!
- Photos are encouraged (and we want to see them! #icecastles) but we ask that you please leave photography equipment such as tripods and lights at home. For information about commercial or specialized photo sessions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sleds are better. We highly recommend bringing a small sled to pull children instead of a stroller. It is extremely difficult to push the stroller through the castle (think of it like trying to push a stroller through a sandy beach).
Age Range: All ages
Ticket prices: vary by location
Directions to the Ice Castles
If you are traveling North or South on I-93:
- Take Exit 33 on I-93
- Continue on US-3 South.
- Take Connector Rd to Railroad St.
If you are in Lincoln, travel to Connector road and go west. The Ice Castles are a few hundred yards on the left.
Signs are placed between exit 33 and the Ice Castles directing you into the Ice Castles. Keep an eye out for these signs!
Please Note: GPS and other navigational aids do not always perform as they should in this area. In case of difficulties, please refer to the above directions.
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