Built by hand and made from more than 20,000,000 pounds of ice, the Midway Ice Castle is an amazing feat of workmanship and beauty. To a child, the Ice Castle is a magical winter world that includes a running waterfall, ice tunnels and snow trails that twist and turn amoungst pillars of arctic blue ice walls. I walked through the Ice Castle with my five year old daughter as she gazed with fascination at the spirals and walls of complete ice. But what captured her attention wasn't the grandeur of it all, but the simplest single icicle hanging from above. It started me thinking about the effect of one single icicle, where this amazing acre sized castle of ice started from and then to see the 30 foot high towers above left with complete awe and respect for the gentleman, Brent Christensen that built this amazing structure of ice. There are a couple things you need to know before you go visit the Midway Ice Castle, you need good boots and a warm coat. It is an Ice Castle and the trails are a mix of snow and ice. Strollers are not allowed inside the Ice Castle, they just don't roll in the snow very well. But if you do have little ones bring a small sled to pull them along, it makes the experience enjoyable and fun, we noticed most children wanted to walk and play through the tunnels. The weekends have been crowded, so come early or late if your planning on a Friday or Saturday. They are closed on Sunday. It takes anywhere from 30 - 45 minutes to tour the castle which leaves plenty of time to go ice skating at the Midway Outdoor Ice Rink or visit one of the restaurants in town.
Of course one trip wasn't enough for my daughter, oh no, we've been back three times now to experience the Ice Castle during the day, in the evening and then again yesterday to see Olaf the Snowman, the newest addition to the Ice Castle. A darling snowman that looks a lot like Olaf the Snowman from the Disney movie, Frozen. I had to chuckle when I saw him and remembered this line, "Hi, I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs!" With each visit we discover a new collection of ice bubbles, an ice cave or another tower that has seemingly grown overnight. As we prepared for the day my daughter asked, can we go to the Ice Castle again today? And you know, we just might.