I’ll be totally honest: winter is definitely not my favorite time of the year in terms of the weather. I get super jealous of those of you who live in places where it’s warmer in the winter and always wish I could just hop on a plane and visit for a weekend and soak up some vitamin D. I didn’t include ‘sunshine’ as part of my blog’s name for nothing! *wink* That being said, there are some things about winter that I do enjoy because there isn’t any other time of year to experience it (at least not where I live). One of these things are the Ice Castles in Midway, UT.
Ice castles. Doesn’t that sound like something directly out of Frozen? Even if you’re not a fan of the movie, I promise that these ice castles are breathtakingly beautiful and almost seem otherworldly. The castles are formed using icicles that have been grown by a crew and are slowly added to the structure and replaced throughout the event. By the time the structure is complete, the walls are 10 feet thick and about 20 feet high in some places!
The guy who created the Ice Castles concept is actually from my home town so most years they have an event here in Utah. However, they’ve slowly expanded over the years and are currently in Midway, UT; Lincoln, NH; Stillwater, MN; Wisconsin Dells, WI and Edmonton, AB (Canada). So if you live near any of these places, be sure to visit because this is truly an amazing and fun family experience you will not want to miss!
My family and I visited the Ice Castles last year in Midway and our kids loved it! We knew we wanted to go again this year so I signed up for their email list so I could get notices about when it would be open. When it did, we got tickets right away because they tend to sell out quick! We decided to go this last weekend as a family and invited my brother-in-law, his wife and their two kids to come with us. My kids love spending time with their cousins!
When you first walk into the Ice Castles through a somewhat narrow (but tall) tunnel, it literally makes you stop and just take a look around. It is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. The walls are so high and the ice is a beautiful blue color. If you look up through any of the tunnels, you will see hundreds of icicles above you. (Don’t worry, they won’t fall!) We went in the middle of the day. The sun was shining and it was surprisingly warm, which was great because then our kids could enjoy the time there. But they are also open until later on at night and if you go then, they have brightly colored lights that are inside the ice walls!
My kids’ favorite areas were the fountains, kid-sized ice slides and the ice benches. They also have an ice slide for bigger kids and adults, but be aware that they don’t allow lap riders or doubles. My brother-in-law’s family went down the slide but our kids were too little. It looked like so much fun and everyone who rode it had a smile on their face.
As far as what to wear and bring, I definitely recommend dressing your kids in snow pants, boots and gloves at the very least. The ground is uneven due to the ice and snow and came up to my ankles in some places. You won’t want to bring any strollers or wheelchairs because of this. I saw some families with small children bring sleds to pull their kids around on which I thought was a great idea. Also make sure to bring a camera because the opportunities for pictures are plentiful. There are so many little alcoves and tunnels and towers to take pictures of and in front of that you’ll be sorry if you miss it. I’d be cautious about bringing any super nice cameras though (refer to the comment about uneven ground).
If you’ve wanted to visit the Ice Castles, but haven’t been sure it’s worth the drive, take my word for it that you and your family will love it. You can check out ticket prices, hours, directions and more on their official website by clicking HERE.
Also, I’m super excited to be able to do a giveaway for 4 tickets to visit the Midway Ice Castles courtesy of the Ice Castles! These tickets will cover the entire cost of 4 tickets no matter the price, day or time you go. Please note that this giveaway is for the Ice Castles in Midway, Utah so please enter only if you are able to use them at this location.
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The giveaway will be open from today, January 4, 2017 to Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 12am MST. The winner will be announced on Facebook on Wednesday, January 11. Good luck!
Wow! This is incredible. How beautiful!
I've wanted to go to the Ice Castles for a few years now! They look so magical!
So fun! Your littles are getting so big
I would LOVE to see the ice castles!! I started following you on Pinterest and FB (I don't have Instagram). 🙂 Can't wait to see all your fun posts!
I've always wanted to go to see these! Looks really cool.
Looks so fun!
This looks like so much fun!! I just came back from Banff, AB were there was lots of snow. I loved it. I may have to make a trip to UT one year to see the Ice Castles.
This looks like so much fun!
This is awesome. Hope I win some tickets to take my family
That looks like an incredible place to visit! I'd love to go somewhere like that! So fun!
I didn't know this existed until now. So very beautiful and unique!
It would be a hard choice. Either my little family. Or my husband and I would double with a couple from Arizona that really wants to go.
I've read about these for the past few years and always mean to go, but we get busy and I forget. My family would love them!
That's a really awesome place. I'm not a fan of winter either but this is place I'd love to visit.
I love the Ice Castles!! We went last year and it was seriously so fun. They're so beautiful! Definitely entering that giveaway!
I want to go with my best friend Jessica! I have never been to these yet.
I want to take my daughter to see these castles. She would love it so much.
My girlfriend wants me to take her to see these so winning would be a blessing.
It really is Helen! In person is even better. 🙂
They are! And I bet your little girl would love it. They have certain days/times when Anna and Elsa are there.
I know! They need to stop growing…
Thank you Kelli! I hope you get to go to the Ice Castles this year with your family. I appreciate you following me and I hope you love what you see. 🙂
They are really neat! It's a great family activity.
It was! Hopefully you get a chance to visit.
Oh, I've heard that Banff is so pretty! I'd love to visit there one day. And definitely come to Utah to visit. It's beautiful year round. 🙂
It is! And it's definitely a unique experience.
Thanks for entering Amy!
It's pretty neat! If you live close by any of the other locations, definitely try and go. They change up the locations a little bit each year, but obviously it has to be somewhere that's cold enough in the winter to keep the ice from melting. 😉
The Ice Castles haven't been around for too long so unless you know about them or live nearby, they are a fairly new attraction.
Either way, you would have a blast! There are some cute little places in Midway to eat lunch/dinner and make an afternoon/night of the trip. Good luck!
Thankfully, they usually come back to Midway each year, but if you win then you'd definitely want to make time to go! 😉
I have to find things about winter that I enjoy in order to make it through the cold. Visiting the Ice Castles with my family was definitely a great way to make memories.
The location is different this year from last year (it's at The Homestead), but it's equally beautiful. Good luck with the giveaway and thanks for entering!
How fun! I hope you get to go this year.
Oh, what a fun mommy/daughter date! I hope you get to go!
Winning tickets to see the Ice Castle would definitely get you some brownie points with her! Good luck and thanks for entering! 🙂
Oh wow, these Ice Castles are incredible!! I SO wish I'd live closer! 🙂
This is very cool! I wish I lived near one 🙂 We went to an indoor "ice castle" in Nashville one year, but outside would be really neat.
Shani your blog is amazing! I've been following for a year now and I've loved it! Your pics of the Ice Castles are beautiful! I never even knew about them until last year and now I'm dying to take the family! Fingers crossed!
I would go with my family!
Aren't they? Maybe you'll get a chance to see them one day.
An indoor ice castle? I've never heard of that! How did they do that? Was it made of real ice?
Aw, thank you Kristy! I really appreciate that. 🙂
I'm sure you'd all have a blast!