The Ice Castles in Lincoln, New Hampshire are impressive and magical! We had the chance to visit this amazing winter wonderland last weekend and see it up close and personal. This frozen fortress of over 25,000,000 pounds of ice is man made. It all started with some strategically hand placed icicles and running water. The end result is unbelievable. The idea for Ice Castles came from a dedicated Dad who wanted to build an ice rink in the backyard for the kids. It grew into something much bigger with towers, archways, mazes, caverns, and canyons and even ice tubes, slides and tunnels! Cold temperatures, some sprinklers, and a mission to create something awe-inspiring has turned this backyard plan in to an awesome winter destination for families. Visitors of all ages will wander with wonder through this frozen world! It really is awe inspiring, especially at night. Lit up with LED lights, the walls of ice change color right in front of you. It is a beautiful effect and makes for some great photo opps! There is music playing in the background and the combination of lights and music lead you through the ice structure with something new to see around each corner. My kiddos have some big plans on what they want to create in our backyard now. Hopefully, on a much smaller scale! A few tips for you to consider before you go: Buy your tickets online and avoid waiting in line or worse, having them be sold out! Be sure to use promo code USFamily17 and save 15% off admission on IceCastles.com! Wear gloves and snowpants, especially for the kids! There are lots of tunnels and slides and hands can get cold quickly. Forget the stroller for the little ones...bring a small sled with a rope to pull them along! Bring your camera or phone! There will be some amazing shots you'll want to capture of your visit. They do offer a professional quality photo shoot and you can purchase the photo right there. We did, and the picture came out really nice. Do something different this winter and head to the amazing Ice Castles in UT,NH,MN,WI and AB! Be sure to use promo code USFamily17 and save 15% off admission on IceCastles.com! One last thing, be sure to visit the gift shop before you leave and check out the souvenirs available! You can follow Ice Castles, NH on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat too!