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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Ice Castles - Lake Geneva

Cue the soundtrack from Frozen... "The cold never bothered me anyway". There is no better way to feel like Elsa than to step into an ice castle. I took a day trip to Lake Geneva to visit the Ice Castles.

Every year, the team at Ice Castles sculpt this icy wonderland using icicles that they grow and harvest on site. The structure of the castle is made of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. It is a unique experience and even more beautiful during the night when they light up the castle in an array of colors. Next year we will plan to experience the nighttime colorful wonderland.

From Chicago it took about an hour and half to drive to the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva, WI and it was a nice day trip. Upon arrival it was difficult to find parking and we had to drive around a few times since everyone was also heading to the Ice Castles. We were one of the first groups to go inside but soon after large amounts of people starting coming in. We entered the castle through a cave of icicles hanging above us and then stepped into a real ice wonderland. Inside there are fountains, slides, tunnels, and archways all made from icicles. It is a very magical experience and amazing to see what can be made of ice. The castle is built right next to the lake so that when it starts to melt in the spring time, it drains right into lake.

Don't be fooled by my dress, I had pants underneath and in between takes I would put my coat back on. I would not recommend wearing a dress but the pictures do look amazing I must say. Plan on wearing lots of layers and winter boots to stay warm.

Ice Castles in Lake Geneva is one of six locations. They have five locations in the US and one in Canada:
  • Dillion, CO 
  • Excelsior, MN
  • Lake Geneva, WI
  • New Hampshire 
  • Midway, UT
  • Edmonton (Canada)


  • Order tickets online Here
  • You will need to preorder tickets and hurry because they sell out fast
  • Check the weather beforehand and check the website to make sure Ice Castles are not closed 
  • Check the website to make sure the
  • Wear winter boots, the ground is snowy 
  • Arrive ahead of time scheduled ticket time 

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