what to expect at Ice Castles Lake Geneva Wisconsin

If you’re looking for the ultimate way to spend the winter, you’ll want to add Ice Castles to your winter bucket list. Back again in Lake Geneva but in a different location, Ice Castles is bigger and offers plenty of amazing ice fun. We were so happy to have a chance to visit the Ice Castles in their new location at Geneva National Resort during our Lake Geneva winter getaway (more on that soon!)  Read on to find out what to expect as well as tips to enjoy your Ice Castles visit.

Disclosure: Complimentary tickets were provided in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

What you can expect at Ice Castles Lake Geneva:

Although we visited Ice Castles last year, we still continue to be amazed at the the beauty of the Ice Castles. Plus, visiting the Ice Castles was just another excuse to go to one of our favorite places, Lake Geneva.

Amazing beauty

Just because we’ve attended in the past, doesn’t make visiting the Ice Castles any less amazing. Just think: every single icicle is made with time, effort, with the help of Mother Nature. You’ll, of course want to take pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. They even have thrones for picture perfect opps.

As it starts to get darker, they turn on the lights and it becomes even more magical. 

More than icicles

The kids served as our guide through the maze-like Ice Castles. We went through tunnels, saw fountains, and just admired the beauty surrounding us.

The kids had a blast crawling through ice tunnels and going down slides. Note: The bigger slide requires kids to be at least 42″ and no lap riders.

Grab your drinks

Staying warm is essential so you’ll want to grab a drink to keep you warm. New this year are drink stations serving hot chocolate, cider, and coffee as well as other munchies. I highly recommend getting the souvenir cup. For $15 you get unlimited refills! And you can redeem at The Ridge hotel’s Bean + Vine coffeeshop. 

Tips to enjoy Ice Castles:

  • Get your tickets ahead of time! This one is a no-brainer. You don’t want to make the trek and find there’s no room. Tickets are available online.
  • Tickets sold out? The Ridge and their sister resort, Geneva National Resort, have Ice Castles packages that include tickets (doesn’t matter if it’s sold out online.) We stayed at The Ridge and highly recommend it! And the shuttle can you bring you there so you won’t have to worry about parking. (Stay tuned for a post about our stay!)
  • Double check before you go. Even if you have your tickets bought, you’ll want to make sure that the ice castles are open. Remember, in unseasonably warm weather they may close or if it’s another Polar Vortex, you won’t want to be outside anyway.
  • Bundle up! Wear snow pants and snow boots. Believe me, you’ll be walking. sliding, climbing through tunnels so you’ll want to keep every part of you warm.
  • Prep for the crowds. Visiting on a weekend? Plan for crowds. We visited around 4 p.m. on a Sunday and still found it pretty busy especially as the lights turn on at night. Getting those picture perfect photos without anybody else in the frame? Patience, my dear.
  • Getting chilly? Warm up by the fire pits.
  • See it lit up! For an amazing experience, visit during the evening to see the castle lit up. We arrived around 4:30 and they had already turned on the lights.
  • Leave the strollers at home. As an alternative bring a sled to get your kids around.
  • Enjoy Lake Geneva to the fullest! You all know how much we love Lake Geneva. Make sure you explore! Check out this post for ideas with the family and this one for a romantic day out.

Bottom Line:

What an amazing winter ice wonderland experience! If you haven’t been to Ice Castles in Lake Geneva yet, make it your goal to visit before it melts away!

Nitty Gritty:

Website: https://icecastles.com/lake-geneva/
Location: Geneva National Resort, 1221 Geneva National Ave S, Lake Geneva, WI 53147. There are other locations nationwide.
Hours: Check website for hours. Closed Tuesdays.
Ticket prices: Monday – Thursday – General Admission (12+): $15.95, Child (4-11): $10.95. Friday – Sunday General Admission (12+): $18.95, Child (4-11): $15.95.
Parking: Parking lot
Stroller-friendly? Strollers not permitted; bring a sled instead.
Crowded: We visited on a Saturday afternoon and it wasn’t overly crowded.
What to expect:  Beautiful ice wonderland with a small maze, tunnels, caves, slides, a fountain.


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