Fire and ice brought together at Eden Prairie castle

Pillars of glittering man-made ice, fire dancers, and Disney characters are a few things one may experience at the must-see Ice Castle in Eden Prairie.

People of all ages lined up to enter Eden Prairie’s Ice Castle in Miller Park—a Minnesota winter favorite.

The castle was astonishing, especially for a first time Ice Castle goer like myself. The cave-like areas of the castle brought me back to my younger snow fort building days, as well as it provided great photo opportunity.

The intricate detail of the icicles, combined with the lights inside the ice made for an amazing nighttime experience. Because Miller Park is quite dark during the night, one can see the stars glimmering through skylights in the castle.

For the child-at-heart, on Saturdays and Sundays people can meet Disney’s Frozen princesses. After a walk through the castle, you can take part in some ice-skating, or on select days, watch the fire dancers perform. If you work up an appetite, there are snacks and refreshments offered in a secluded area of the castle.

Though it may be a bit of a drive from St. Cloud, it is definitely worth it. The Ice Castle staff was very knowledgeable about details of the castle, how it was made, and they shared their favorite spots within. The castle was bustling with people, but was empty enough where one could truly enjoy the experience.

Overall, the castle is a definite must-see this season. Ice Castle Eden Prairie can be visited daily and will be open until March 7, if the weather permits.

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