7 Surreal, Towering Ice Castles That You Can Actually Visit

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Are you sick and tired of skiing and ice skating? Why not take a trip to see one of America's mind-bendingly amazing ice castles. It's like a walking through a frosty landscape dreamt up by Richard Serra but built by nature. Tickets are now available!

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Ice Castle founder Brent Christensen built his first ice castle simply because he's an awesome dad. After moving from California to Utah, he tried to get his kids into winter by building an ice-skating rink in the backyard, complete with a slide, a castle turret, and a cave big enough to walk through. It was such a hit he decided to build a whole complex and invite the public to visit.

The idea took off and now Brent's ice castle empire that has outposts in Colorado, Utah, and New Hampshire. Each caste starts off as a few icicles that get sprayed with water several times a day and grow into a castle-shaped maze. Each castle continues to grow throughout the winter with an estimated 5,000 new icicles forming each day. The millions of pounds of ice open up into caverns and form towers as high as 60 feet. They're also absolutely gorgeous.

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You might've already seen Brent's Ice Castles in Lindsey Stirling's music video "Crystalize." But you should really see them in real life. Tickets at the locations in Midway, Utah, Breckenridge, Colorado, and Loon Mountain, New Hampshire range from $5 to $10. I'm' guessing you can lick the icicles for free. [My Modern Met]

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CeramicRabbit
CeramicRabbit

A pretty interesting shot I got on an iPhone 4S of the ice castle in Breckrenridge, CO around Christmas time two years ago. For even avid photographers these things are just incredible and produce some beautiful imagery.