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Exploring the New Hampshire Ice Castles

Did you know there’s an extra special annual winter attraction in North Woodstock, New Hampshire? Ice castles (yes, real ice castles) have become a sought-after destination for families and photographers in recent years, and New Hampshire is home to one of just six special-made ice castles nationwide.

Entering through icy layers and tunnels, you arrive in a real-life version of the popular Disney movie Frozen. Gleaming towers are made from 30-foot-tall shards of ice, secret staircases tucked within. Children whizz through slides and crawl through crevices and tunnels. Parents snap pictures of icicle stalagmites and stalactites glinting in the sun. A frothy fountain draws visitors to the castle’s main courtyard. Strapping ice-wranglers hail from area colleges and towns, outfitted with ice-climbing boots and snow-making equipment, they are a cadre of merry north country elves cutting blocks for igloos, posing for photos, shepherding children through the beautiful maze, and jovially answering questions. At night, the entire acre becomes an aurora borealis, lit from within in a rainbow of fiery colors. As winter and weather cooperate, the castle will continue to grow, at least doubling in size, before spring temperatures melt the artistic and fun-filled winter wonderland.

Exploring the New Hampshire Ice Castles

Note: These images are from our visit to the Lincoln, New Hampshire, ice castles in 2015. In 2019 the ice castle attraction was moved to a new location in North Woodstock, New Hampshire. For more information, visit icecastle.com.

The acre-sized ice castle in Lincoln, New Hampshire.

The acre-sized ice castle.

Heather Marcus

The icy tunnel entrance leads the way into the main courtyard.

The icy tunnel entrance leads the way into the main courtyard.

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Three young friends stand in awe in the middle of the main courtyard.

Three young friends stand in awe in the middle of the main courtyard.

Heather Marcus

A trio of ice wranglers manage the ice slide.

A trio of ice wranglers manage the ice slide.

Heather Marcus

The mountains have a bluish cast beyond the icy walls of the castle in Lincoln, New Hampshire.

The mountains have a bluish cast beyond the icy walls of the castle.

Heather Marcus

A happy slider proudly wears her ice princess pin.

A happy slider proudly wears her ice princess pin.

Heather Marcus

A young child stomps through the ice covered floors of the castle.

A young child stomps through the ice covered floors of the castle.

Heather Marcus

All in blue, a young girl emerges from a slot canyon.

All in blue, a young girl emerges from a slot canyon.

Heather Marcus

Ice designs in layers of blue are scattered along the walls of the castle.

Ice designs in layers of blue are scattered along the walls of the castle.

Heather Marcus

Pathways lead to different courtyards and icy designs by New Hampshire's lead artisan Dan Beck.

Pathways lead to different courtyards and icy designs.

Heather Marcus

Towering walls of ice dwarf a young couple.

Towering walls of ice dwarf a young couple.

Heather Marcus

Glacial blue icicles.

Glacial blue icicles.

Heather Marcus

Have you ever visited the ice castles?

This post was first published in 2015 and has been updated. 

The post Exploring the New Hampshire Ice Castles appeared first on New England Today.



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