If you’re in Colorado this year I highly recommend taking a trip to Dillon to visit the Ice Castles. Playing in the enchanted Dillon Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado was hands down my favorite part of my trip to Colorado. The Dillon Ice Castles are definitely worth the crowds, the price of admission and the magic that you will find within the walls of the castle.
The Ice Castles are an award-winning frozen attraction that is located in six cities across Northern America. You can find the Ice Castles in Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah, Wisconsin and Alberta, Canada. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists to give you a real-life Frozen experience. The castles include frozen thrones to channel your inner Elsa, ice-carved tunnels, slides, and LED-lit sculptures once the sun goes down.
If you’re planning on visiting the Ice Castles this year, and I highly recommend you do – here are a few tips based on my observations to make your experience a little smoother.
1. Buy tickets ahead of time
The Ice Castles do not sell tickets at the door unless you want to pay $5 more for a standby ticket. You will NOT be allowed to use the standby ticket if the Ice Castles are sold out that day, and they probably will be sold out. Don’t disappoint yourself, just get your tickets in advance so you’re guaranteed to get in.
Pro Tip: Decide if you want to see the Ice Castles during the day or if you’d like to see them lit up at night. Get the best of both worlds when you get a ticket right around sunset.
2. Get there early
There will be a long line, and everyone has to wait in it – no matter what your time slot is. Get there early and plan on waiting for at least 15 minutes to get in.
3. Wear proper footwear
The floor of the castles is a snow/sand mix and not only is it slippery it is slushy as well. Leave your cute shoes at home.
4. Don’t worry about your 30-minute time slot
Once you’re in the Ice Castles you are more than welcome to stay as long as you’d like to.
5. Don’t try to bring drinks in
The Ice Castles do not want you bringing in outside beverages, probably because they don’t want people’s trash spilling and ruining the Ice Castle experience.
6. Be patient
It is possible to get photos without people in them. You just have to wait out the crowds and be sure to snap quickly. Most people are doing the same thing, they’re trying to get that perfect picture without others in them, so they’re typically very respectful. Also, people will ask you to take their picture, this is a great opportunity to also get your picture taken as well.
7. Have fun
Take pictures, walk around, go down the slide, and enjoy the gorgeousness of the Ice Castles.
8. Dress warm
It’s ice, so make sure you actually dress appropriately for the environment.
Pro Tip: I went around 1:00 PM, and loved how the sun lit up the ice.