Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH is a great winter attraction for kids and adults. Make it a day trip or plan a vacation to Lincoln this winter so you can enjoy a bit of winter beauty in New Hampshire. When I heard about Ice Castles I was immediately intrigued. This week they are partnering with our family on this travel feature.
We took a Sunday afternoon to drive north to see this limited time attraction. Just check out the website! Not only will you see all their locations but you can also watch a quick video that will leave you awestruck with facts about the Ice Castles – 25,000 pounds of ice, 10′ thick walls… the list goes on. The video is a quick watch and shares so much fascinating information in less than 2 minutes. It’s well worth your time.
Lincoln, NH is easy to access from the highway so winter travel is still fairly smooth unless it’s the middle of a snowstorm as they maintain the highway very well. Keep your camera handy as you will want to snap photo after photo as you drive through the tops of the mountains.
Ice Castles isn’t far off exits 32 or 33 with signs directing you. As they say on their website, GPS doesn’t always work properly in that area. From experience, it can get a bit turned around itself. They have a simple map on their site that shows you the easiest way to avoid traffic when traveling there.
TIP: Layer up and wear mittens and boots!
The view as we drove up to the Ice Castle was astounding. Layer upon layer of ice frozen into a castle-type shape and “dripping” with ginormous icicles. The icicles weren’t thawing this night, that’s for sure, with temps in the single digits before you factor in wind chill.
The parking lot isn’t too far from the entrance and parking is free. We drove into town early so we could eat at Gypsy Cafe. Because we didn’t want to risk dinner running late into our ticketed arrival for Ice Castles, we ate a little early and had time to kill before our scheduled arrival (6-6:30) so we sat in the car and waited while the kids started The Secret Life of Pets.
Once you register at the entrance there’s no reentry so make sure you have everything you need before leaving your vehicle. You can buy tickets onsite if they have any available but the safest bet is to order ahead so you don’t risk them selling out the time you want. I selected the mobile delivery option. It was so easy! I didn’t worry about losing a ticket and could pull my ticket links up via text message.
TIP: Plan to spend around an hour at the Ice Castle.
Once we were inside it was hard to know where to look first! Walls of ice loomed around us, icicles hung over our heads, lights danced from the ice, and music wafted through the air. It was so festive. Everywhere we turned was a perfect photo op! Do you know how hard it was to choose which photos to share?!
There were a few interactive displays like a mini tunnel slide, small tunnels through ice walls, and one longer tunnel slide, which they provide sleds for. I didn’t ride that one but the rest of the family did and they loved it.
At the back side of the ice castle there is a spot you can get hot cocoa to warm up without leaving the attraction. SCORE for them. You can also pick up some snacks and memorabilia at the gift shop you exit through.
Can’t make it to Lincoln, NH this year? Here are the rest of their locations: Midway, Utah, Stillwater, Minnesota, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and Edmonton, Alberta. Add this icy attraction to your winter fun list in New Hampshire (and across the country).
Check back for next week’s travel feature on Franconia Notch for more things to do in the White Mountain area, but meanwhile, book a date on your calendar to visit Ice Castle New Hampshire.
Disclosure: Ice Castles partnered with us by giving us tickets in exchange for sharing our experience. There was no other compensation and all opinions are my own.