The New Hampshire Ice Castles are located in the beautiful White Mountain National Forest, a 750,000-acre national forest popular for hiking, camping, and skiing. Its alpine mountains and blanket of spruce and hemlock trees make it the perfect natural setting for a winter wonderland-style castle. If you’re coming from out of town and enjoy being outside, it’s a great area to visit for a few days and take advantage of the outdoor adventure culture.
The New Hampshire Ice Castles are in Lincoln, New Hampshire, on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest. Take the I-93 highway and look for exit 33 if you’re driving south or exit 32 if you’re driving north. Follow the signage and look for Clark Farm Road.
Are the New Hampshire Ice Castles Open?
Yes, the New Hampshire Ice Castles are open for the 2022 season yet. They opened on January 14, 2022.
New Hampshire Ice Castle 2022 Dates
The ice castles opened on January 14, 2022, and will be open every day through early March. Weather conditions can sometimes affect hours, so be sure to check ahead if you are coming from out of town.
I will update the article as soon as the exact dates are posted. The dates all depend on the weather.
Don’t forget to bring a sled! This is the cutest sled ever and is great for pictures.
Woodstock New Hampshire Ice Castles Address
Where to Purchase New Hampshire Ice Castle Tickets – Tickets On Sale Now
General admission tickets are $20 for visits Monday through Thursday. Weekend tickets (Friday through Sunday) are $27. Child tickets are $15 Monday through Friday and $22 for the weekend. The New Hampshire Ice castles are a popular winter attraction and tickets sell out fast and they sell out EVERY DAY.
For guaranteed tickets, purchase online ahead of time. Some on-site tickets are available if the daily limit isn’t sold out, but they are not guaranteed. If you do want to take your chances and show up for standby tickets, be warned that these are subject to a higher rate than online tickets.
Ice Castles Priority Booking Vouchers – No longer for sale
This is something new they are doing to purchase Wood Stock New Hampshire Ice Castle tickets. You can purchase a priority booking voucher now, the voucher will then be used to redeem for Ice Castle tickets at a later date.
Once you purchase the ice castle priority booking voucher you will get an email with your confirmation number. You will need this confirmation number to redeem your ice castle tickets when they are available. The voucher is non-refundable and only valid for the 2021-2022 Woodstock New Hampshire Ice Castle dates.
The New Hampshire Ice Castles have a long list of things to do. In addition to the specially-designed caverns and pathways, enormous icicles, and ice slides where you can go zipping down an icy chute, this location has some one-of-a-kind experiences visitors will love. The Mystic Forest Light Walk is a walking path lit up with specialty lights that look like gems and lanterns, giving a magical glow.
If the ice slides aren’t enough, try the ice tubing, featuring slides made especially for inner tubes. If you want to experience the magic of the ice castles without leaving your seat, take part in one of the horse-drawn carriage rides through the nearby forest. Inside the main castle, there is a café where you can grab the perfect treat for a snowy day: hot chocolate, cookies, and cinnamon buns.
For out-of-towners, there are a few great hotel options nearby. The Loon Mountain Ski Resort has brought many hotels and motels to the surrounding area, which is good news for ice castles visitors. No matter what your budget, there are multiple options for where to stay.
Inn 32 is right across the road from the ice castles location if you want something close and inexpensive. Just a few minutes away, you can find a few chain hotels like Holiday Inn and Quality Inn Suites. For a really elevated experience, the Indian Head Resort and the Kancamangus Lodge are 3-star hotels offering quality stays.
Tips for Visiting the Ice Castles in New Hampshire
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 or 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, you can get these cheap hand warmers that come with 10, or they have these rechargeable hand warmers for slightly more money. 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, and they don’t allow strollers either but they do allow sleds. We think this is the cutest sled ever.
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!
Other Ice Castles in the United States to Visit
- New Brighton Minnesota Ice Castles
- Midway Utah Ice Castles
- Lake George New York Ice Castles
- Lake Geneva Wisconsin Ice Castles