Four Incredible Ice Castles to Visit in the United States This Winter
Looking for something spectacular to do this winter? Fulfill your Frozen fantasies at a crystal fortress constructed entirely of ice. We found four—located around the United States—worth putting on your cold-weather travel bucket list.
LaBelle Lake Ice Palace in East Rigby, Idaho
Live reindeer, horse-drawn sleighs, and the slickest slides you've ever sped down are just a few of the draws at the LaBelle Lake Ice Palace in East Rigby, Idaho, pictured above, run by the eight-member Youngstrom family. Here are three more places where you're sure to enjoy a chilly reception.
Winter Carnival in Saranac Lake, New York
For 125 years, the centerpiece of this Winter Carnival (February 4 to 13) has been its Ice Palace, built by over 100 hardy volunteers using 1,000 to 4,000 two-by-four-foot blocks. The nearly 10-day carnival celebration also includes sports, performances, two parades, and three sets of fireworks displays. The first Friday evening includes the coronation of the carnival's King and Queen, which are two local residents from the Saranac Lake community who are recognized for their volunteer work.
Ice Castles in North Woodstock, New Hampshire
Along with its titular attraction, Ice Castles has a tubing hill, an ice-sculpture garden, and a winter fairy village of wee, glowing houses from mid-January to late February. The mission for the team behind Ice Castles is to bring smiles to people's faces and "create happiness, laughter, and unforgettable winter memories." It's taken place since 2011 and continues to showcase ice-centric displays that event attendees can remember long after the celebration is over.
Ice Palace Maze in Stillwater, Minnesota
From January 15 to February 20, visitors can wander the half-mile Ice Palace Maze at the Zephyr Theatre, then warm up with s'mores and hot chocolate around bonfires. The structure is made from over 800,000 pounds of ice to make this outdoor winter event that the whole family can love. Another exciting part of this event? There is an optional reward for those who make their way through the maze.