Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Visiting the Ice Castles

One of the things on my winter bucket list was to take a trip up to see the ice castles.  My husband and I had toyed with the idea of making it a quick weekend getaway for two but ultimately I decided that as long as the boys were interested I'd really like to take them too.

I thought it would be such a new, fun, family experience.



I am so glad we took them too because they really enjoyed it a lot.  I think the younger two boys slid down the ice slid at least three times.  We ended up going on a Wednesday and even though I kind of wanted to see it all lit up at night with the colored lights we decided 3:00 tickets would allow us to drive home and not stay overnight.

I'm so glad we went when we did.  The sun was shining, there weren't that many people around and it often felt like we had the place to ourselves.





I just loved the fountain! 



My boys loved the serpent carved out of ice 
















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40 comments :

  1. What an amazing place!! Great pictures! I am visiting from Coffee and Conversation. So glad to have stopped by! :)

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  2. Amazing beauty! And quite unexpected!

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    1. It is so pretty! At night they have colored lights to light up each sculpture too... it's quite surreal!

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    1. They make it special and sculpt it as they go. It's really neat!

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  4. It looks like the sun was hitting the caves just right for a lot of your shots. It looks so pretty there!

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    1. It really was; I loved the play of light and shadow!

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  5. I want to visit ice caves so bad. I first saw these on a HGTV show a decade ago and have wanted to go ever since. So serene and beautiful!

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    1. I saw then creeping up on Facebook posts last year and I really wanted to go but they are like a good 3 hours away and we just never found the time to go so this year I vowed we'd make the time. We loved them and are so glad we got to see them once.

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  6. looks very cool. This was on my list for this winter also, but its not looking promising. Great pics! #familyfun

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    1. Aw, bummer. It's so tough when they have such a short season!

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  7. What a beautiful place. Love the photos. #FamilyFun

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  8. Oh my goodness they really are amazing! I would absolutely love to see them up close. Thank you for sharing this at #familyfun x

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    1. It was so neat to see them up close! There were so many little details.

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  9. WOW that's really cool! Looks like fun!

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    1. It was a lot of fun; they have a hot cocoa and snack shack inside too!

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  10. Wow they're impressive! Where are they? Great day out had by all! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

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    1. They have locations throughout the United States; we went to the ones in New Hampshire. Here is there website with all their other locations http://icecastles.com/

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  11. Oh wow, I have never seen anything like this in real life before. They are stunning. I would love to see them!! Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday blog hop. Hope you can join us tomorrow :)

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  12. Wow - I didn't even know this existed! What fun and how pretty! Thanks for linking up to Take Me Away again! Enjoy your weekend.
    Shelley

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    1. Yeah we only heard of them last year; from what I could tell this company sets them up in several parts of the northern US and even Canada-- Montana, Colorado, Utah, New Hampshire, Alberta and Manitoba. It really was very pretty and their images all lit up at night are stunning. It was a very long haul up there and something we'll probably never do again but I did love it.

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  13. Wow, I didn't know such a thing existed! Fabulous photos of what looks like a fantastic experience! I would gladly check out those ice castles myself with my crew, were they not so far away (we live in Ireland).
    #ExplorerKids

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    1. Thanks! It was pretty amazing; apparently this company has been doing it for quite some time... I never knew, but what a wonderful concept to bring to life.

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  14. This is on my bucket list too. What a great thing to do in the winter. #ExplorerKids

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    1. It really was a lot of fun; they were just amazing to see.

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  15. This looks totally amazing! what a fab place to visit with the kids love all you’re photos

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  16. Sorry forgot to say Mandy ��xxx #explorerkids

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  17. So beautiful! Definitely on my bucket list to do some day! Pinned it here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/259097784796732465/

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  18. Stunning photos! I’d love to take my kids to a place like this! #explorerkids

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    1. Thank you! I was having so much fun snapping away. Between the lighting and the castles themselves there was so much to photograph.

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  19. The photos are just stunning - oh my if only we were in the US I'd be there like a shot. Sarah #ExplorerKids

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    1. Thanks! I often feel that way about the places you post as well; if only I were on the other side of the pond...

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  20. How lovely! The photos are incredible. But where is it? Thank you very much for linking up with us on #ExplorerKids xx

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    1. Sorry I forgot to say where! The ones we went to were in Lincoln, New Hampshire but this company sets them up through many states in the Northern US and even Canada.

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