Stillwater, Minnesota

Weather Update Wednesday Jan 18: Mother Nature has put us in the penalty box this weekend with the unseasonably warm weather!  We will be closed on Thursday and Friday and expect to be closed on Saturday and Sunday as well.

We understand this unexpected, temporary closure comes as an inconvenience to those who have already purchased tickets or were planning to visit the attraction during Hockey Day festivities on January 21. Unfortunately, we have no control over the weather, and sometimes only a short notice of what the weather allows us to do.

The purpose for closing is because the Ice Castles are made entirely of ice, and this includes the walking surface in the floor.  The walking surface is composed of 8” of crushed ice and snow.  In exceptionally warm temperatures this surface becomes wet and slushy which is not enjoyable for the guests.  As temperatures in the immediate future will not go below freezing, this surface will become increasingly wet, which isn’t as fun for anyone.

As colder temperatures return, our team of ice artisans will easily prepare the walking surface for reopening and provide the same high-quality experience that our guests have come to expect from Ice Castles.  Thank you for understanding.

Pricing and Hours

Monday-Thursday, 3pm-9pm

Closed Tuesday

Online Tickets:     General Admission (12+): $9.95      Child (4-11): $6.95

Standby, At-the-Door Tickets:     General Admission (12+): $15      Child (4-11): $10

Friday, 3pm-10pm

Saturday, 12pm-10pm

Sunday, 12pm-8pm

Online Tickets:     General Admission (12+): $12.95      Child (4-11): $8.95

Standby, At-the-Door Tickets:     General Admission (12+): $18      Child (4-11): $12

Tickets on Sale Now!!

Ticket Policies

 

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.

Ticket Arrival Time Changes can only be done by submitting a support ticket through this form.  You’ll need to enter your order confirmation # and the new date and time you would like. Please consider that dates and times for new ticket times are subject to availability and will be processed at our earliest convenience

Exchanges are typically processed within 24 hours of original request.

Once your exchange is processed, you will receive your updated tickets via the delivery method selected at original checkout. For example, if you selected mobile delivery via text message, a new text containing your new tickets will be sent upon confirmation of your exchange.

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 info@icecastles.com.
  • 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).
  • Dress warm: Dress like you are going to experience the elements. We recommend layering clothing as well as hats, mittens, jacket and snow pants.

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.

Directions

 

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.

Parking

 

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’S ONLY at Stillwater High School (5701 Stillwater Blvd N, Oak Park Heights)  Buses will pick up/drop off at the High School every half hour from 4pm-10pm.

Entertainment

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:

Saturdays: 12-5pm
Sundays: 12-5pm

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.

Fire Performances

 

Fridays and Saturdays
Time: 6-9 pm

Enjoy a high-energy fire show before entering the Ice Castle! They will amaze you with a versatile and unique show using many different manipulation props including fire breathing, spinning, hula, and more.

Special Events

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.

http://tinydivaprincessparty.com

Winter Star Watch Parties with Mike Lynch

Thursday, January 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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
them.

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.

Sponsors

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.

Cub Foods

www.cub.com

Discover Stillwater

www.discoverstillwater.com

East End Productions

www.eastendpro.com

Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

www.greaterstillwaterchamber.com

Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium

www2.visitsealife.com/minnesota/