If you read this blog, you know that Ice Castles NH is on our winter wish list of places to go. The Lincoln, New Hampshire venue, which is made up 20,000,000 pounds of ice to explore, was originally created by a Utah-based father named Brent Christensen for his children. The castles that Brent built in his backyard eventually grew to a winter venue, featuring Ice Castles locations in New Hampshire, Vermont, Utah and Minnesota. The castles themselves are something to behold during the day, but it’s at night when they really come alive with lights and music. There’s something magical about exploring caves, frozen waterfalls, caverns and tunnels in the cool evening glow.
Ice Castles is just a two-hour drive from our home in Maine, but we decided to make it a stop during a longer road trip. After visiting friends in Massachusetts, we stayed at a hotel in Tilton with a swimming pool for the kids and drove to Ice Castles at dusk. MP heard that it was best to buy tickets ahead of time to beat the lines, and she was so glad she did (visiting on a weekday didn’t hurt either). The temperature was about 20º outside, so we also made sure to bring plenty of warm layers.
Once inside Ice Castles, we had so much fun exploring and marveling at the icy caverns and caves. We certainly weren’t alone in our enthusiasm— there was no shortage of people taking photos. Anyone who visits will agree Ice Castles is one big photo op!
The best treat was seeing the Ice Castles transform before our eyes as night fell. The lighting placed inside the ice sculptures changed from cool red to blue to violet as an instrumental version of “Let It Go” played in the background.
We loved our time at Ice Castles! It’s the ideal activity to tag on to a full day of fun, like skiing at Loon Mountain or taking a family sled ride. After our visit, we enjoyed a hearty dinner at the Tilt’n Diner — a classic, fifties style diner which features comfort food and over the top desserts.
Ice Castles New Hampshire
64 Railroad Street