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Ice Castles in North Woodstock NH
The Ice Castles are just off of Lost River Road, stands a castle like no other. Sculpted by professional ice artists lays a castle made out of purely ice. Shining bright, the ice castles include LED-light sculptures, as well as thrones comfortable enough for sitting. This castle is a breathtaking attraction that is a must visit with family and friends. The ice castles are wheelchair accessible, but they do advise that the surface may cause pain and the wheels are hard to navigate through the ice and snow. If you have younger children, it is best to note that there are no strollers allowed within the ice castles, but they advise to bring a wrap to carry them in or to even bring a sled to pull the children in. Pets are not welcome, with the exception of certified service animals, although they would prefer in helping them prevent yellow ice as much as possible.
The ice castles are open Tuesday through Saturday; they are open 4 pm to 9 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 4 pm to 10:30 pm on Friday and 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm on Saturday. In 2019, the general admission tickets cost $15.95 on the weekdays and $18.95 on the weekends for ages 12 and up. Child admission tickets cost $10.95 on the weekdays and $14.95 on the weekends for children between 4 and 11 years of age. Children and babies 3 years of age or younger get in for free. Tickets are available online or can be bought on site, but there is a risk of not being able to get into the ice castles if tickets were not bought in advance. There are no ticket cancellations, but they are able to alter the dates and the times if needed, but need to be made 24 hours in advance. Online there is half-hour increments that need to be selected to purchase tickets, but those half-hour increments are the times they expect people to show up.
Once in the Ice Castles, people are allowed to stay for as long as they want between opening and closing hours. However, there is no re-entry once you leave. The Ice Castles offer a 15% discount in New Hampshire when people spend $150 or more.
The Ice Castles usually open around late December or early January and continue to be open until late February or early March, but all of this depends on if the weather is permitting. When going it is recommended that everyone bundles up, this includes wearing coats, hats, gloves, and winter boots. It is recommended to not wear any flat soled shoes as those shoes can make for one slippery experience. Snow pants are also recommended if playing in the snow or going down the ice slides. Ice cleats, also known as crampons, can be worn to the Ice Castles, but are not needed to enjoy them.
When visiting the Ice Castles with an aide for medical assistance, they will be able to join along with no added charge as long as a proper ID is shown indicating they are the aide. Just this season, the Ice Castles have added another memorable activity that is amazing for everyone, sleigh rides. Starting at the entrance of the Ice Castles, the sleigh rides will venture through the woods and along the river lasting around 15-20 minutes and can take up to 12 people at a time.
The Ice Castles offer Ice Canyons which are amazing to walk through, Ice Tunnels for all ages to enjoy and crawl through, Grand Archways where people can walk under some of the most breathtaking icicles, and Ice Slides that is a fun way to travel down to the bottom after climbing up.
The Ice Castles also offer Snow Princesses where people can meet and take pictures with them along with being able to enter their frozen homes. The Snow Princesses are only available on Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
The Ice Castles in NH also have amazing fire performances where people watch as performers breathe fire, spin flaming hulas, and more. These performances are only offered at night on Fridays and Saturdays between the times of 7:15 pm to 10:15 pm. Many workers and people who have already gone recommend arriving before sunset, that way people can enjoy the castles both during the day and at night.
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