*CLOSED FOR THE SEASON*
Thank you to everyone for all of your support this year at the Stillwater Ice Castles! We always wish the weather would allow us more time to create magical memories with all of you, but it seems Mother Nature wanted to give us a sneak peek into Spring.
We hope to see you all again next year!
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All ticket sales are final. Ticket dates and times may by changed as long as changes are made at least 24 hours in advance. Please take this policy into consideration if there is inclement weather imminent or if you have a sudden change of circumstances.
Tips for a Great Experience
Wear Boots! The walking surface inside of the Ice Castles is made of crushed ice. Walking in boots is definitely best.
Buy Tickets Before You Arrive! When you buy a ticket, you buy an arrival time. We ask that you arrive within your 30 minute time window. Once you are inside the castle you can stay as long as you’d like!
Save some trees! When you buy your tickets online we’ll send you an email with a unique QR code, so there’s no need to print your tickets. We can scan the code right from your phone!
Photos are encouraged (and we want to see them! #icecastles) but we ask that you please leave photography equipment such as tripods and lights at home. For information about commercial or specialized photo sessions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sleds are better. We highly recommend bringing a small sled to pull children instead of a stroller. It is extremely difficult to push the stroller through the castle (think of it like trying to push a stroller through a sandy beach).
Don’t see the answer to your question here? Check out our FAQ page for more information!
Planning your visit to Stillwater
Stay overnight when you visit the Ice Castles! Experience this historic river town known as one of America’s Most Picturesque Small Towns and the Birthplace of Minnesota. There’s an abundance of things to do so book your lodging to enjoy downtown’s thriving foodie scene, 50+ boutiques, art galleries, wineries, breweries, live music and nightlife, winter romance, creative workshops with friends, family fun, and more!
Visit www.DiscoverStillwater.com to plan your stay.
From Downtown Minneapolis – a straight shot off Interstate 35W onto Hwy 36 right into downtown Stillwater.
From Downtown St. Paul – quick ride north on Interstate 35E, then straight east on Hwy 36.
From Wisconsin – WI Hwy 35 takes you across the state border (St. Croix River) straight into downtown Stillwater. Unbelievable view of our town from Houlton, WI driving in at night! Or if you are coming from Madison or Milwaukee, you’ll find Stillwater via Interstate 94, then head north on MN Hwy 95.
From the North (Duluth or perhaps Canada) – Interstate 35 South to Minnesota Hwy 36.
Enjoy FREE Parking in ALL surface lots. We recommend using the Stillwater RAMP located on 2nd St/Commercial St. next to the Lowell Inn and only one block from Main Street. There is a $3/day fee for parking on the ramp.
Park and Ride Location – SATURDAY ONLY at the Stillwater High School (5701 Stillwater Blvd N. Oak Park Heights.) Shuttles will be running from 4pm-10pm. They will pick up on the hour and half-hour. There is no charge for the shuttle.
Enchanted Frozen Sisters
Meet the enchanted ice princesses and take a photo with them as you enter their frozen home. Princesses will be greeting guests outside the Ice Castles during the following times:
Princess will take breaks throughout the scheduled time, so please be patient and
understanding with this need.
*Appearances are weather dependent. On very cold days appearance times may be shortened or canceled.
Princess Tea Party at
Sunday, January 15 and 29 * 1-3pm
Sunday, February 5 and 12 * 1-3pm
Enjoy a Luncheon tea with your favorite characters inside the Water Street Inn, then get swept away in the magic when you explore Ice Castles. Afternoon tea will be served along with a light luncheon, activities, pictures, and more! This is an experience that all generations will not want to miss. For reservations and more information contact the Water Street Inn (Across from the Ice Castle) at 651-439-6000. Tickets are $39.95 per person.
Winter Star Watch Parties with Mike Lynch
Wednesday, February 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Make the stars your old friends as we watch the great celestial show in the skies over the Stillwater Ice Castle. Get to know the constellations like The Big Bear, Gemini the Twins, Leo the Lion, and some of the great stories behind
We’ll also use two large telescopes that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota for close up views of the planet Jupiter, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and other wonders in our early winter skies.You’ll also get a great handout package with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, websites, a telescope buying guide, and more!
Dress warm and bring lawn chairs to make yourself comfortable!
About the Star Expert: Mike Lynch is a meteorologist at WCCO Radio and has been hosting star watch parties and teaching astronomy classes for over 40 years. He also writes a weekly stargazing column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and is the author of the book; “Mike Lynch’s Minnesota Star Watch,” which will be available for purchase.
Taste of Love Bakery
– Hot + Sweet Treats –
Get your hot and sweet treats at the Taste of Love Bakery inside the Ice Castle. All major credit cards will be accepted.
Beverages will include coffee, hot chocolate, hot cider and white chocolate caramel cappuccino.
Sweet treats will include gingerbread man, decorated sugar cookies, cake pops, fudge and roasted pecans.