Ice Castles

Last Wednesday we surprised my daughter with a trip to the Ice Castles! I definitely feel pretty lucky that New Hampshire is one of four locations that has this cool sight (ahhh groan-worthy ice puns) since on the whole, not a lot of major things happen in my little state! Together with my mum and grandparents (plus the hubs of course) we drove the thirty minutes north for a truly incredible site.

Ice Castles outside

Without any people in the shot, it’s hard to get a scale of this but the outer walls were about 40 feet high. We chose to go around five o’clock in the evening, which is when the sun is starting to set. We had plenty of time for the miss to play while it was light, and also experience the ice castles at night which was just lovely.

Ice Castles J

Ice Castles K

The walls and many of the larger free-standing structures are lit from within with LED lights so once the sun is set, everything takes on this ethereal glowing atmosphere which was excellent. They have music playing throughout too, and sometimes the lights change in time to the music which was fun!

Ice Castles happy kiddo

I actually didn’t get too many pictures of my kiddo there – she was constantly moving and exploring of course! And since the flash on my camera is broken, trying to take a picture of a moving five year old in the dark clearly wasn’t happening. But she absolutely loved it. They had a gigantic slide (70 feet long!) plus tons of tunnels to crawl in and out of. She was beyond thrilled!

I did, however, take tons of ice pictures! I wasn’t really sure exactly how they would turn out, but so many of them ended up as these really lovely abstract style images that I quite enjoy! So I’ll leave you with a photo dump.

Ice Castles L

Ice Castles I

Ice Castles H

Ice Castles F

Ice Castles E

Ice Castles B

Ice Castles A

Seriously, all I could think of when looking up at the top of the ice parapets atop the walls was Game of Thrones. I was pretty sure White Walkers were going to come out at any moment and eat my face. What a cool place this would be for a cosplay shoot! If you’re near one of the four locations where these ice castles are, I really recommend checking it out. It’s quite a sight!

  • Wow!!! These are STUNNING! I’m going to add this to the list of places my fiance and I need to take a weekend trip to!

    • Kay

      I highly recommend it! They are very busy (huge tourist attraction!) but it’s worth it. There’s a LOT of space inside and throughout so you never feel super crammed. It was a great experience!

  • gamerwife

    This is soooo cool (pun not intended). Are the structures natural, or man-made? Or is it a combo? I’ve seen the big Ice Castle for Carnival de Quebec, but these seem way more interesting.

    • Kay

      These are entirely man-made. I’m not sure of the whole process (though they may talk about it on the ice castles site) but I know it involves making each individual icicle on a clothes-line like structure and then attaching them all together. It’s quite the process. But it makes for a really awesome sight to take in! I know they struggled this year in NH as we’ve had an abnormally warm winter…they only plan to be open until the end of February and didn’t get to open until January I believe. A short season for them this year!

  • Oh my gosh these are stunning just so beautiful! xoxo

    Cateaclysmic

    • Kay

      It was so incredible to see! And I liked that even though there were a HUGE amount of people there, the inside has a ton of space so you never feel crammed like sardines trying to see it all. It was so spacious!

  • This is pretty spectacular! Elsa has been busy ;D

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    • Kay

      Right?? 😀 They had a woman all dressed up as Elsa right at the entrance for kiddos to take pictures with…my daughter was thrilled!!

      • That is amazing! 😀

  • Danette Perez

    Ah- so pretty! Never been up there but I’ve heard so many great things…

    • Kay

      It was really cool! Definitely glad we checked it out.

  • So. Freaking. Cool. So. Cool.
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    • Kay

      It really was. It’d be such an amazing place for a photoshoot!

  • Such a beautiful place! The light was so magical, I’d love to visit a place like that.

    • Kay

      I’m so glad we got to see it before the close for the season!

  • What a gorgeous place!! I can definitely see the Wall in these photos…and I know you’re not a WoW fan but I pretty much thought of this instantly when I saw your post:P

    • Kay

      Ahhh awesome! WoW always did have such gorgeous visuals!!

    • LOL I thought of this too!!!

  • Danielle Knapp

    This is amazing and gorgeous! I also thought of the GoT Wall when looking at your pics 🙂

    • Kay

      Yay, glad I’m not the only one!

  • This is so awesome! I’ve never seen so much ice o_o

    • Kay

      In NH the ice builds up like this up in the mountains but I’ve never seen it in a free standing structure like this before. It was really neat!

  • Wow, that is amazing and I never hear of that before! Truly incredible!! I saw something kind of close to that in Northern Japan but it doesn’t come close to what you all saw!

    • Kay

      That’s awesome! I’m definitely glad we went to check it out!

  • christine

    THIS IS SO COOL! You do the best stuff with your daughter!

    • Kay

      Heh, thanks! We try and get out and about that’s for sure when the budget allows! Luckily, NH has some really great sights to see and many of them are free if you’re willing to hike a bit. 😀

  • Emma

    What a beautiful place, your photos do it incredible justice. I remember seeing something like this in a Lindsey Stirling video and since then have wanted to visit. You’re incredibly lucky to have one just up the road from you, it looks magical.

    • Kay

      OH my gosh yes! I kept picturing that video too! I do feel so lucky that NH has them. Definitely worth a visit!

  • That looks so beautiful!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    • Kay

      Thanks, it really was!

  • Wow this is the coolest thing! I would visit this place in a heartbeat! How cool that you live close by!
    ~Sara

    • Kay

      I definitely consider myself lucky, especially since NH doesn’t get TOO many exciting events haha! 🙂

  • That is such a beautiful place! What an amazing adventure!

    • Kay

      Thanks, I’m so glad we checked it out!

  • Omg this is the coolest thing!!!

    • Kay

      It was so amazing to see!

  • If it hasn’t been said enough times I’ll say it again: Gorgeous! That place looks like a dream and inspires me to create a DnD setting based off of it.

    • Kay

      Ah, that would be amazing!

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