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Award-Winning, Nationally Known Ice Castles in Lake George

Ice Castles has been a hit sensation for kids and adults alike in several other states, and now the interactive winter attraction has come to Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George! Read up on what to expect with the attraction, how it came to Lake George, what to know about tickets, and everything else before you visit.

This page was updated on November 21, 2022.

Winter 2022/2023 Dates & Ticket Info

ice castles at night

Plans are currently in the works to bring Ice Castles back to Lake George for its second winter! The attraction is expected to open in mid-to-late January, depending on the weather. 

Ice Castles tickets will be available on November 28, 2022 at 9am. General admission for Monday through Thursday is $22 for adults and $15 for kids 4 to 11; Friday through Sunday is $29 for adults and $22 for kids. Holiday pricing (January 16, February 20 - 24) will be the same as weekend pricing.

If tickets are not sold out, Ice Castles organizers will sell tickets on-site. This is not guaranteed, and on-site pricing may be subjected to higher rates.

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What to Expect With This Magical Winter Wonderland Attraction

split image with toddler girl on the left at ice castles and older girl on the right on an ice castle slide

Get ready to enter a fun, frozen world of ice slides, ice mazes, frozen thrones, crawl tunnels, fountains, and more!

Ice Castles is added to expanded upon as the season goes on and weather allows, so this is not necessarily a one-and-done activity. If you choose to return, you may see sculptures, slides, or other features that weren't there before! Most guests spend 30 minutes to 1 hour exploring the attraction. 

According to the Glens Falls Chronicle, Ice Castles will have new features this season, including an ice bar and concession area, characters for meet-and-greets, new light features, a sculptural ice walkway, and more.

Please note, Ice Castles is weather dependent, and may be temporarily closed or unavailable due to weather. Or, certain features or areas of Ice Castles may be temporarily closed.

How Ice Castles in Lake George Came to Be

Ice Cast les crowd
Ice Castles on opening day in 2022.

"It's a game changer," Mayor Robert Blais said about Ice Castles coming to Lake George, at an October 2021 press conference. "Today, we make the Lake George region year-round." The attraction opened on January 23, 2022.

A massive community collaboration, Ice Castles had been in the making for three years before its arrival. The stunning winter attraction has proven to be not only a benefit for tourists but year-round residents as well. Over 77,000 tickets were sold for the first season of Ice Castles in Lake George.

A Little Ice Castles History & Behind the Mystery

The concept for Ice Castles was born from founder Brent Christensen, who aimed to build an ice cave for his daughter, that turned into an internationally renowned tourist attraction. There are now Ice Castles in five states - Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah, and Wisconsin in addition to New York State; the attraction was in Colorado, but is not returning to that state for the 2022/2023 season. Lake George location is the only one in New York. 

Ice Castles takes a team of 20 to 40 ice artisans approximately eight weeks to construct, with the team harvesting and placing between 5,000 and 12,000 icicles. The various features are then drenched with water and repeated, until the ice reaches heights of about 15 to 30 feet. LED lights embedded inside the ice illuminate the attraction at night.

Parking Info, Etiquette & Other Tips

trio of Ice Castles photos, including a parking sign
Parking is free! But paid closer parking is also available.

Note, this info is from last season. We're continuing to update this page as information is released.

  • Free parking is available along Elizabeth Little Boulevard (formerly West Brook Road). There is also $10 parking close to the Ice Castles.
  • If you are bringing infants or toddlers, be aware that no strollers are allowed inside. But, you can bring a small sled you can pull them around in.
  • The ice slides may have lines (they move quickly!), or height restrictions. Some slides require use of their super flat sleds, at no additional charge.
  • When taking photos or selfies, please do what you need to do and then move along, so others can enjoy the attraction.
  • When exiting, there is small gift shop where you can purchase merchandise, there may be a food truck, and there are porta-potties.
  • Many ask: Is it better to go to Ice Castles during the day or at night? There are advantages and a slightly different experience to both. The daytime allows you to admire the light reflecting off the ice. The nighttime brings out their colored lights, and offers a distinctly unique winter wonderland vibe.
sign for slide

Plan Ahead & Book Lodging

The second season of Ice Castles coincides with the 61st year of the Lake George Winter Carnival in addition to a slew of other winter activities and events, so there's plenty to enjoy in the region this season!

If last season is any indication, the North Country, Capital Region, and beyond will be flocking to the Lake George region. Guests will definitely want to plan ahead with tickets, lodging, and related plans. Book today!

Learn more about the Lake George Winter Carnival >>

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