The popular Ice Castles attraction has moved around the Twin Cities from year to year; but it’s always a good time. In the past it has been at the MOA, Eden Prairie, Stillwater, Excelsior and New Brighton. Quite LITERALLY in my backyard! Where will 2022 be? WooHoo! After taking a year off, the Ice Castles magic is back in New Brighton on Long Lake. Make sure you bundle up in all your layers so that you can safely spend lots of time at the icy palace to get the best value for the ticket price. This event will particularly delight your favorite Frozen fans. However, not just the kids, people of all ages will enjoy an Ice Castles visit.
What is Ice Castles?
Well, we are not talking about the 1978 Movie, but you are welcome to play its theme song, Eyes of Love, in your ear buds while you explore. Ice Castles is a spectacular creation by professional ice artists featuring sculptures, fountains, thrones, ice caverns, a winter chandelier and passageways — all in castles made of hand-placed icicles. The Twin Cities is one of only 5 North American locations for this ice adventure. Other locations include New Hampshire, New York, Utah and Wisconsin.
In 2013, the Mall of America was the first Twin Cities host to one of Brent Christensen’s Ice Castles. At the time I didn’t realize what I was missing out on by not visiting it. However, in 2015, I made sure to not miss out. I packed up the kids and drove out to Eden Prairie’s Miller Park just off Hwy 212.
Ice Castle Fun:
Brent Christensen created this beautiful annual kingdom of ice after moving from warm, sunny California to snowy Utah. He likes to experiment and play around and the snow and ice of Utah were the perfect vehicle for his creativity.
Since 2011, he has been creating this masterpieces for the public all over the country. Many different locations around the country have hosted and are hosting an Ice Castle. Each location creates a unique experience–even though they use many of the same elements, tunnels, waterfalls, ice, etc.
What to expect from Ice Castles Visit
- Perfect Setting for pictures and special occasions. Bring your cameras. If you don’t, you will kick yourself. Guests are walking into the Land of the Ice Princess. Weather permitting there will be fire dancers on the weekends and maybe some of your favorite princesses.
- Hot chocolate, coffee, cider, cookies, and sandwiches for sale.
- Think, What would Elsa build? Exhilarating ice slides, an ice cave, crawl spaces, archways.
- A Maze of Ice. Didn’t get enough corn maze during the fall? How about a maze made of ice?
- Ample opportunities to crawl into tunnels and play hide and seek (although I don’t recommend that since lots of people are visiting and you may actually lose your children).
Minnesota Ice Castles 2022 Information & Coupon Codes
- Location: Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Highway 8
New Brighton, MN 55112
- Dates: Dates & Hours Dependent on Weather, but usually early January through February or March. Ice Castles will rarely close due to inclement weather; it’s the nice weather that is the problem.
- Tickets: Ticket sales begin approximately a week before opening.
- Weekday Pricing: $11/child; $15/adult;
- Weekend Pricings: $16/child; $22/adult.
- Holiday Pricing: Expect to pay higher rates equal to the weekend pricing on the Martin Luther King & Presidents Day school holidays.
This article was originally written by Gianna in 2014
and is updated with current information annually