I’ve been wanting to visit the Ice Castles in Lincoln NH for forever now (aka two years). My boyfriend’s family owns a house in Vermont so we used to drive by the ice castles at Hobo Railroad every couple weeks when we drove up. Last year, I finally convinced him last year to visit the new location in North Woodstock, and we had a blast!
Are the Ice Castles worth visiting? For me, yes.
Now that may have to do with the fact that I’m basic and did it for the gram, but hey, at least I got some cool pictures. It’s also a really unique experience. Below I’m rounding up what to know before visiting!
This may seem like a no-brainer but it is EXTREMELY cold in there. A lot colder than I expected! I wore boots, mittens, a turtleneck sweater and leggings. I have my favorite cozy layers essentials from amazon in a post here.
Buy tickets in advance & get there EARLY
Tickets sell out weeks in advance and they go quick. We got there early on Saturday and were shocked to see there was a line of people already waiting. Make sure to get there early to get ahead of the line!
I don’t really remember it being super slippery, but I wouldn’t recommend wearing sneakers or flats because it’s all ice. I wore these Sorels (which if you live in New England and don’t have a par I totally recommend!) because they are warm, have grips on the bottom and cute.
Bring hand warmers
We visited in January and it was COLD. This goes along with tip #1 but I wish I had brought hand warmers. I just bought an electric pair off Amazon prime that would have been clutch to have.
Make sure to charge your phone
Also probably another obvious one, but make sure you come with a charged phone because the view is amazing! They also have slides at the end which is fun to take your kids down (or even yourself – I did it lol) and take videos of.