I am doing all I can to truly embrace the winters here in Minnesota. As I am sure you either know, or have heard, our winters can be rough, cold, snowy and LONG. Now that we have little Gradie I am trying to be positive about the winters and seeing them through Gradie’s eye’s sure does help.
For this family adventure we headed to Stillwater, MN to explore the Ice Castles.
Located on an acre at 201 Water Street N, Stillwater, you’ll find a giant ice castle – really you can’t miss it and you’ll likely be in awe as I was once you see it.
There is a lot to be said of the Ice Castles at night with the lights and music, however, we visited during the day as we have a 3 year old and this was perfect for our family. We entered the giant ice structure, after a ‘mandatory’ #IceCastles family photo. Immediately we were amazed, Gradie couldn’t wrap her head around all the ice and to be honest, neither could I.
I do highly recommend you wear your winter boots as the snow you’re tredging through can get deep at times, with so many people walking through each day this is understandable. They also recommend you bring a sled for your little ones, this would be very helpful and add to the fun. There are, what appears to be endless tunnels, arches, a maze, and glacial waterfalls.
PLUS – imagine our delight when we turned the corner and stumbled upon Princess Anna and Elsa. Gradie was beside herself with excitement telling us all about how she loves them and she has their dolls at home, and they are ‘Frozen’ – however, when we got to her turn to take a picture she got a little stage fright. so Mommy joined her for the picture.
Then we found the slides – ice slides, PERFECT!!! We had so much fun creating memories none of us will likely forget anytime soon. Gradie is still talking about how she went sliding at the ‘giant ice place’ – as she calls it. While the photography skills below aren’t exactly on point, the fun we are having has been captured perfectly.
We ended our visit with a nice cup of hot chocolate, a little more exploring and left with happy hearts and lots of stories to tell. I will share that we didn’t explore the larger slides/tunnels as it was a little too much for Gradie, but I could tell just how much fun all those who did participate were having.
With locations in NH, MN, WI and AB (UT has closed for the season) there is still time to take your family to enjoy the Ice Castles and make lasting memories. Be sure to head over to the Ice Castles website for more information on your local site and be sure to get your tickets before the castles literally melt away.
As tomorrow is Valentine’s Day – be sure to have a date night like never before!!
Be sure to follow their social media outlets, so you will be kept up to date with news, closures, etc and of course, where the locations will be next winter.