In 2013, the Mall of America was host to one of Brent Christensen’s Ice Castles. At the time I didn’t realize what I was missing out on by not visiting it. However, this year, I made sure to not miss out. I packed up the kids and drove out to Eden Prairie’s Miller Park just off Hwy 212.
Brent Christensen created his Ice Castles after moving from warm, sunny California to snowy Utah. He likes to experiment and play around and the snow and ice of Utah were the perfect vehicle for his creativity.
Since 2011, he has been creating this masterpieces for the public all over the country. This year, four different locations are hosting an Ice Castle and they are all unique–even though they use many of the same elements, tunnels, waterfalls, ice, etc.
What to expect from Ice Castles
Perfect Setting for pictures. Bring your cameras. If you don’t, you will kick yourself. You are walking into the Land of the Ice Princess. You need to look for a frozen Olaf and on select days, you can meet Elsa and Ana.
Hot chocolate, coffee, cider, cookies, and sandwiches for sale.
A frozen tube slide
Ample opportunities to crawl into tunnels and play hide and seek (although I don’t recommend that since lots of people are visiting and you may actually lose your children).
Open Now-March 7 (Depending on weather)
Hours of Operation
Sunday – Thursday – 2pm to 9pm
Friday – 2pm to 10pm
Saturday – Noon to 10pm
Holidays – Noon to 9pm
17970 East Miller Parkway
Eden Prairie, MN 55347 USA
$6.95-$12.95, Season Pass $25
Kids under 4 are free
Lisa from Twin Cities Frugal Mom has some great tips for visiting. Definitely read her post before you go and discount information (Like $2 off at Cub).
Giveaway (open until Friday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m.)
Ice Castles has provided us with a family 5 pack for Ice Castles! Anyone want to go for free?
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