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? – No
No, the New Hampshire Ice Castles are not open yet. They are set to open on January 19, 2023. This date could change. Everything is weather dependent.
In the past, the New Hampshire Ice Castles opened in mid-January. Last year it was January 14, 2022.
New Hampshire Ice Castle 2023 Dates
The ice castles are scheduled to open on January 19, 2023, and will be open Tuesday through Saturday. They are scheduled to close on February 25, 2023.
Weather conditions can sometimes affect hours, so be sure to check ahead if you are coming from out of town.
Don’t forget to bring a sled (strollers aren’t allowed)! 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
The New Hampshire Ice castles are a popular winter attraction, and tickets sell out fast, and they sell out EVERY DAY. The price varies based on the day of the week and age. Children under 4 do not require tickets.
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.
Tickets will be available for purchase here. Get 15% off with promo code stamped2023, good for the 2022 Ice Castle season.
- Tuesday – Thursday
- Ages 12 and up $20
- Ages 4-11 $15
- Children under 4 are free
- Friday & Saturday
- Ages 12 and up $27
- Ages 4-11 $22
- Children under 4 are free
- Holiday Pricing (January 16 & February 20) is the same as weekend pricing
Make your visit even more magical with a horse-drawn sleigh ride. When purchasing your tickets online, you will be asked if you would like to add on a sleigh ride. Here are some quick facts about the sleigh rides at the Ice Castles:
- Sleigh rides cost $20 per person
- Tickets are required for all guests aged 4 and above
- Sleigh rides are 10-15 minutes long
- You must have an Ice Castle ticket to purchase a sleigh ride
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.
Rent a VIP Artic Alcove
For a more private experience, consider renting a VIP Artic Alcove at the Lake Geneva Ice Castles. It’s great for a couple or group of friends/family. You’ll have your own private space roped off from other guests.
Included in reserving Artic Alcove, you get the following:
- A personalized experience for up to 6 guests
- Sleigh ride for up to 6 guests
Renting the Arctic Alcove costs $450. Consider adding on some warm beverages and tasty treats to sweeten the experience for an additional charge.
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 castle’s location if you want something close and inexpensive. You can find a few chain hotels like Holiday Inn and Quality Inn Suites just a few minutes away. 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 or 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
Wear boots in the ice castle, no matter if it’s below zero or 30+ degrees outside. 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 much easier than attempting to push a stroller, and they don’t allow strollers, but they do allow sleds. We think this is the cutest sled ever.
7. Don’t Rush
Remember that the 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!