Lake Geneva Ice Castles – Everything You NEED To Know 2020

Wanting to visit the Lake Geneva Ice Castle this winter? It’s one of the best things to do in Wisconsin this winter!

The ice castles are a really popular event so you’ll need to plan your trip in advance. We’ve put together everything you need to know before visiting the ice castles in this guide.


Are the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva Open?

YES, the Lake Geneva Ice Castles are open. The Lake Geneva Ice Castles opened on January 31, 2020.

Ice Thrown at Lake Geneva Ice Castle

Lake Geneva Ice Castles Dates & Times

The 2020 Lake Geneva Ice Castle opened on January 31, 2020. The exact dates vary based on the weather. Typical hours are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4 pm – 9 pm
  • Friday: 4 pm – 11 pm
  • Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm
  • Sunday: 12 pm – 9 pm

Aerial of Lake Geneva Ice Castles

Where are the Lake Geneva Ice Castles?

If you visited the ice castles in Lake Geneva previous please note the new location this year. The ice castles’ new home is at the Geneva National Resort & Club.

How To Purchase Lake Geneva Ice Castle Tickets?

Ice Castle tickets are in high demand and sell out every day well in advance. The only guaranteed way to visit the Lake Geneva Ice Castles is by purchasing tickets online for a set date and time.

Once tickets sell out you can purchase standby tickets, but this does not guarantee admission. There is a chance you won’t be able to enter.

Tickets for the 2020 Lake Geneva Ice Castles aren’t available for purchase yet, but when they are you can purchase them online here.

*Ticket sales are final. HOWEVER, ticket dates and times may be changed with at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled ticket. We suggest watching the weather and changing your ticket if needed.

Ice Castle in Lake Geneva at night

How Much Are Ice Castle Tickets?

Prices vary based on age and day of the week.

  • Monday – Thursday
    • Ages 12 and up $16.99
    • Ages 4-11 $11.99
    • Standby Tickets $20
  • Friday – Sunday
    • Ages 12 and up $20.99
    • Ages 4-11 $15.99
    • Standby tickets $25
  • Holiday Pricing (January 20 & February 17) is the same as weekend pricing

Parking at the Lake Geneva Ice Castles?

There is parking available at the Geneva National Resort & Club.

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Ice castle tunnel in Lake Geneva

Tips for Visiting the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva?

1. Buy Your Tickets In Advance

Ice Castle tickets are valid for a specific date and time entry. You’ll need to purchase them in advance to guarantee admission. We cannot urge you enough to buy them online as soon as they go on sale.

2. Check the weather

The days that we visited were below zero, it was super super cold and uncomfortable. Make sure to check the weather 24+ hours before so if needed you can change your ticket for free if needed OR make sure to dress for the weather.

3. Dress in layers

Dress warm, you can always take off your jacket for a picture if needed. You don’t want to rush through the ice castles because you are cold.

4. Wear boots

No matter if it’s below zero of 30+ degrees outside wear boots in the ice castle. It’s the easiest way to walk around and your feet will stay much warmer. Remember you’ll be walking on snow & ice the entire time it gets really cold!

5. Bring Hand Warmers

We wish we had hand warmers last year. They are nice to have in your gloves & boots or take them out and warm up your face.

6. Bring A Sled

Pulling children in a sled is so much easier than attempting to push a stroller.

7. Don’t Rush

Remember that your time on your ticket is just your entry time period but once you are inside the ice castles you can stay as long as you want. If you do get cold go warm up by the outdoor fire!


Man making the Lake Geneva Ice Castle

Are the Ice Castles a Real Place?

No, the ice castles are not a real place. The ice castles in Lake Geneva are manmade every year and are constantly being maintained throughout the season.

What are the Ice Castles Made of?

The fine mist of water that freezes quickly and grows large icicles. The icicles are then taken from the growing rack and placed onto the main ice castles. The workers are constantly “growing” more icicles and if you come early in the morning you may see them putting a few up. They are constantly adding to the ice castles.


Firethrower in the Lake Geneva Ice Castle

Hotels near the Lake Geneva Ice Castles

On our visit last year we made it a weekend in Lake Geneva trip. We visited the ice castles at night on Friday and then again Saturday morning. That way we were able to visit it during both times of the day.

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Lake Geneva Ice Castles Package

For the ultimate Ice Castle weekend and to ensure tickets purchase the Ice Castles package from the Geneva National Resort. The package includes:

  • Overnight accommodation at The inns of Geneva National
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Up to four tickets to the ice castles per guest room. If you already have tickets there is a package without tickets as well.

NOTE the package is not available for sale yet, the package will be available 10 days prior to the ice castles opening.

Lake Geneva Ice Castle Girl in Red Coat pin image

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