If you are looking for the ultimate thing to do this winter, you will need to head to Lake Geneva. This year Ice Castles have made an appearance there, and it’s nothing short of amazing! Read on to learn more about our experience as well as tips to prepare you and your family. Trust me, you’ll love it!
Our experience at Ice Castles Wisconsin:
The kids were our guide and we followed them wherever they wanted to go. They explored the castle and couldn’t believe it was made entirely of ice.
We went under tunnels and saw “caves” with fountains.
Don’t forget to look up! It truly is an amazing sight! And yes, everywhere you turn is a photo op. Just be sure to take in the beauty of everything too!
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The Ice Castles in Wisconsin couldn’t have picked a more picturesque setting — right on Riviera Beach overlooking the frozen Geneva Lake.
Not only was it beautiful, but kids (and adults) could enjoy the entire castle by crawling through ice tunnels, going down slides, and even exploring the igloo.
- 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 at.
- 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 and sliding, so you’ll want to keep every part of you warm.
- Slides. There are two slides, one of which you’ll need to be at least 42.” No worries if you’re a little shorty — there’s another slide waiting for you. You’ll just need to crawl through a tunnel and go down the slide. My husband actually fit through the opening, and said it was a little fast. The kids loved it, though!
- 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.
- Check for special events. You never know who’s going to stop by!
- Leave the strollers at home. As an alternative bring a sled to get your kids around.
- Enjoy Lake Geneva to the fullest! The area has so many food options. We were a short walk from our favorite, Sprecher’s. Here are more recommendations.
We all had an amazing time visiting the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva. There are so many hidden nooks and crannies and pictures galore!
Location: At Riviera Beach (812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva). 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: Metered parking is available along the beachfront. Metered parking and parking lots are free from November 15 – February. Additional free parking is located several blocks in on smaller side streets.
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.