Solution to Cabin Fever This Weekend:
Visit the Ice Castles in New Hampshire
Brought to you by Hingham Realtor Alice Pierce serving the South Shore of Boston.
Winters on the South Shore of Boston are filled with things to do. South Shore Realtor Alice Pierce shares ideas about what to do on winter weekends.
Day or Overnight Trips that are worth the travel will be featured over the next several weeks. Featured ideas are certainly within the realm of a day trip, but if you want to avoid a long day of driving to and from, best to consider them to be overnights.
This year, one of the five locations chosen for the Ice Castle project is a hop, skip and a jump away in Lincoln New Hampshire, just under a 3 hour drive from Hingham, MA.
Please see the resources section at the end of this article for links to images, videos and a reservation page.
The very first Ice Castle was built in Alpine, Utah, in the front yard of of father Brent Christensen. He was building an ice cave for his daughter and that is how the Ice Castle concept got started.
The Ice Castle is open 6 days a week. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm, Fridays 3:00 pm until 10:00 pm, Saturdays 12 noon until 10:00 pm, and on Sundays from noon until 8:00 pm. During Massachusetts and New Hampshire school vacations, the Ice Castle also opens on Tuesdays to accommodate the popularity of this project. You can purchase tickets at the door but that might entail a wait. The cost is $15.95 over the age of 12, and $12.95 under the age of 12.
Reservation times made online are subject to availability and if you purchase tickets online the sale is final. Ticket dates and times may by changed by submitting a support ticket through the reservation form as long as changes are made at least 24 hours in advance. This policy stands even if there is inclement weather or if you have a sudden change of circumstances. Tickets are delivered according to the method you choose when making your reservation. in order to save some trees, please use the email that is sent with the QR code that can be scanned directly from your phone.
The reservation you make is for your arrival time. Make sure you get to Lincoln at least 30 minutes ahead of your reservation time. Once you are inside the Ice Castle, you can stay as long as you want to!
In order to make your visit truly enjoyable it is a good idea to make plans to ensure that cold will not be a distraction, among other things. Here are some tips to help make your trip a total, 5 star success.
Ice Castle Tips
Wear warm boots. The walking surface inside of the Ice Castles is made of crushed ice. Walking in boots is definitely the best options. Shoes and boots with flat soles (like dress shoes or cowboy boots) are slippery and not recommended.
Dress for winter with layers and very warm clothes. It is a good idea to wear snow pants because the crushed ice and snow can get deep in a few places.
On sunny, warm days, the ice and snow will melt and the surface can become slippery. Most people don’t have any difficulty walking through the Ice Castle with or without ski poles. However, if you are concerned about your safety inside the Ice Castles, please make your concern known to one of our staff before entering the Ice Castle. When you enter the Ice Castle, you agree to obey the Ice Castle rules and you accept our Waiver of Liability.
Leave your stroller at home and bring along a small sled in its place. Imagine pushing a stroller through a deep, sandy beach. This is what it feels like using a stroller inside the castle.
Google maps, Waze etc is not likely to work well in the area of Lincoln, New Hampshire sue to the mountainous terrain. Be sure you have the directions written down or printed out before you leave.
Photography of the Ice Castle is absolutely encouraged but please don’t bring in all of your studio gear like tripods and lighting. Share your photographs using the hashtag “#icecastles.” If you want to set up a specialized photo session email the Ice Castle people
Consider asking about the least busy times so that you can avoid long waits to wind about the ice castles.
Remember to leave your pooch at home. There are no pets allowed in the Ice Castle. Service animals are the only exception.
Ice Castle FAQs
Finally, these are some interesting tidbits about the ice castles themselves.
Each Ice Castle can weigh up to 25,000,000 pounds with walls that are 10 feet thick.
Every day, 10,000 icicles are cultivated and then placed throughout the Ice Castle to provide something for the water to freeze to. Over time the icicles just get absorbed into the ice structure.
Unlike the icicles that attach to your roof, the icicles at the Ice Castle are attached to ice. This means there is no weak point limiting the strength of the structure.
When the icicles at the Ice Castle melt, they melt according to the laws of nature where the smallest parts of the icicle melt first, taking a lot longer for the ice in the center of the icicle to melt.
The reason that the ice is blue is because water will absorb every other color of the spectrum except blue. A general rule is the thicker the ice, the deeper the shade of blue.
Ice Castle Resources
Ice Castle Videos
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