Tucked away in Lincoln, New Hampshire is an acre-sized Ice Castle. The castle is open for a few weeks in the winter and is illuminated at night, turning the ice into a light show. The castle features a small and large slides, a fountain, tunnels, towers and frozen thrones.
There’s still time to see the Ice Castles in North Woodstock.
Typically the season is over by St. Patrick’s Day but for the first time, Ice Castles announced it’d be open on the holiday, complete with serving Guinness and Irish Coffee.
“We’ll be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day with Guinness and Irish Coffee at the Polar Pub, some special treats at concessions, and of course, we’ll be wearing lots of green so no one pinches the ice,” Ice Castles wrote on its Facebook page.
The popular winter destination had trouble opening in January due to warm weather. It eventually opened on Jan. 27.
“Ice Castles New Hampshire has unfortunately had to push back the targeted opening date due to the unprecedented warm start to winter,” wrote Melissa Smuzynski, a spokesperson for Ice Castles, which has locations in Minnesota, New York, Utah and Wisconsin.
Each castle is built by hand and takes thousands of hours to create, according to the company’s website.
Each day, ice sculpture workers grow 5,000-12,000 icicles to form various parts.
The giant ice castle has color-changing LED lights and features ice-carved slides, tunnels, fountains, crawl spaces, caverns and ice thrones. It also has other activities such as snow tubing and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
Guests have also been able to enjoy winter-themed drinks at an ice bar this year.
“Belly up to a frosty ice bar and order a winter-themed alcoholic beverage that you can enjoy while you chill out in the coolest place in town,” the website states.
The final day to visit the Ice Castles this season is March 18.