An acre-sized ice castle is now open again Lincoln, New Hampshire.
The castle, one of only four in the country, is returning this year with archways, tunnels, an ice slide and glacial waterfalls that are lit up at night with colored lights set into the ice.
Each completed Ice Castle gives you 20,000,000 pounds of ice to explore. You can walk around, touch the ice, slide down the slides, and crawl your way through.
Visiting the Ice Castle at both daytime and nighttime will give you two completely different and beautiful experiences. It’s incredible to see the sun setting through the ice and all the enchanting colors that is displayed on the ice at night.
Last year’s version was at the base of Loon Mountain, NH, but this year, the Utah-based Ice Castles entertainment company chose to build it next to the Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads.
The construction process involves elaborate sprinkler systems that spray water onto metal racks to produce thousands of icicles. The icicles are then harvested and stuck to the ground around sprinkler heads, where they are drenched in water and grow in various shapes and formations depending on the temperature and wind.
The idea for the Ice Castles began in Brent Christensen’s backyard, where he would spend several winters building elaborate slides and frozen towers for his children. Eventually, he approached ski areas about building larger structures that could serve as temporary art installations and tourist attractions.
Admission prices for adults (12 and up) are $12.95 for any open day and $9.95 if you go Monday through Thursday. Kids (4-11) are $8.95 any open day and $6.95 Monday-Thursday. Kids Ages 3 and under get free admission. You can also buy a season pass for $25 each person.
You can purchase tickets here.
Sunday – Thursday – 2pm to 9pm
Friday – 2pm to 10pm
Saturday – Noon to 10pm
Dates Open (they are subjected to change): January 9 – March, 2015
Other castles are opening this winter in Utah, Minnesota and Vermont.