The entrance to Ice Castles NH,

The entrance to Ice Castles in Lincoln, New Hampshire Photo credit: Nicole Wakelin / Nerdy TravelingMom

The New Hampshire White Mountains are a beautiful place for a retreat, but until now I’d only visited during warmer months. It gets mighty cold up there and it’s cold enough at home in southern New Hampshire, but this year I was tempted into venturing north to see Ice Castles. It was worth the ride.

Ice Castles is a beautiful man-made ice display that you can walk through, slide through, and pretty much just marvel at as you stand in the cold and channel your inner Elsa. It all started when the creator, Brent, wanted to do something neat for his kids the first winter they relocated from California to Utah.

The water fountain in the courtyard is beautiful! Photo credit: Nicole Wakelin / Nerdy TravelingMom

The water fountain in the courtyard is beautiful! Photo credit: Nicole Wakelin / Nerdy TravelingMom

He also happens to be an artist so he created a winter playland in the backyard with an ice rink, 20-foot slide, and even an ice cave. His kids called it the Ice Castle and now it pops up in several locations around the country from January through March, depending on the weather.

A Beautiful World of Ice

The location in New Hampshire is at Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, New Hampshire, which is a wonderful way to spend warmer days with the kids. It closes up for the winter months and this year, a section of the property has been taken over by Ice Castles.

The outside looks like an amazing wall of ice several stories high, but when you walk through the entrance you see that it really is a castle. There’s a courtyard with a fountain in the center and ice caves and pathways along the giant wall.

The random ice decorations you'll find everywhere. Photo credit: Nicole Wakelin / Nerdy TravelingMom

The random ice decorations you’ll find everywhere. Photo credit: Nicole Wakelin / Nerdy TravelingMom

You’ll also find slides for the kids and adults to enjoy and a few tight squeezes that have you getting up close and personal with giant walls of ice. It’s an incredible experience, and if you happen to go at night, the entire thing is illuminated with colored lights.

Enjoy The Winter Weather

This is an outside adventure in the White Mountains, so it’s very cold. You should bundle up and bring snowpants, especially for the kids so they can enjoy the slides. Think of it as your chance to break out that silly hat that makes you look like you’ve just returned from Siberia. No one will laugh, but they will all be jealous.

Tickets to Ice Castles are available in advance with specific time slots, but once you’re there you can wander the ice for as long as you like, or until your toes get too cold.