The wildly popular Lake Geneva Ice Castles attract tens of thousands to Geneva National Resort each year to enjoy the astounding array of ice-carved activities and attractions.
Featuring caverns, ice slides, frozen thrones, and fountains that illuminate with twinkling color-changing lights, the winter wonderland is a life-size frozen playground created by a team of skilled ice artisans from over 10,000 icicles.
By night the creations are then illuminated by LED lights embedded throughout offering an even more spellbinding experience.
It’s one of the Midwest’s most magical experiences and it is set to open this weekend!
Tickets are now available on the Ice Castles website for dates Saturday, February 4th, through Monday, February 20th.
This year general admission tickets are $25 on weekdays Monday through Thursday and $29 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Child tickets can be bought for children aged 4-11 for $17 on weekdays and $22 Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. In all cases children aged 0-3 can enter without a ticket.
According to Wally Bullard, the Ice Castles event manager, the castles take about three million gallons of water to create and about 4,000 man-hours to get the castles up which can mean anywhere from two to four months from start to finish.
Once it opens guests of all ages come from all over the Midwest to race down exhilarating ice slides, explore the many ice caverns, and walk beneath archways “adorned with hand-placed icicles that dangle overhead like a beautiful, winter chandelier.”
For now, visitors can enter until February 20th but these dates are based on historical weather data that Ice Castles organizers use as an estimate of how long weather conditions will allow the ice castles to exist.
They could remain open longer should the weather allows it.
Wisconsin’s Lake Geneva Ice Castles are one of five locations in the United States alongside others in Utah, Minnesota, New York, and New Hampshire.
More information and tickets can be found at icecastles.com/wisconsin.
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