Cool castles: Ice palaces of the Winter Carnival
Updated: Feb. 1, 2016 | Posted: Jan. 22, 2015
If the cold doesn't bother you anyway, there's a frozen attraction at this year's Winter Carnival that's fit for an ice queen — or king.
It's a mini ice palace at Rice Park in St. Paul, featuring about 400 blocks of manufactured ice from Shakopee. There's a $1 entry fee to go inside. Check the schedule here.
A bona fide ice palace — eight stories tall — is expected to return in 2018, the first since 2004, to coincide with the Super Bowl.
Here's a look at some of the previous ice palaces of the winter carnival. To date, the Winter Carnival has built 36 ice palaces.
Can't get enough? Check out the ice castle in Eden Prairie, open through March 5, weather permitting. Replicas built to scale of all Winter Carnival ice palaces will also be on display inside the Landmark Center.
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