Last year we visited Stillwater’s Ice Palace Maze, and we’re thrilled that it’s back again this year!
The Ice Palace Maze is a palace-themed walkable puzzle formed from walls of ice six to ten feet high.
Like last year, it’s a half-mile of twisty turns with an ice throne, ending in an ice slide (optional!), and dramatically illuminated by color-changing LED lights.
And this year there are CARVED ICE DRAGONS!
“We can’t wait to see the reactions to our two large ice dragons, sculpted by craftspeople from Minnesota Ice, welcoming adventure-seekers to cross the moat and enter the thrilling world we’ve created inside this ice maze,” says Calyssa Hall, executive director of The Zephyr Theatre. “The maze started as an outlet for our creativity and drive to connect in the midst of the pandemic, but the intensely positive response from our 31,000 visitors in 2021 motivated us to head back outside in subzero temperatures to see if we could outdo ourselves–and it’s safe to say we’ve succeeded!”
“This year’s vision is grander in scope and promises more moments of excitement and discovery,” says Hall. “Fun and photo opportunities abound within, and actors from The Zephyr Theatre will be in costume to provide memory-making encounters with Winter Wonderland characters, including Ice Queens and Princesses! After folks master the maze and take a trip down the ice slide, they’ll find hot cocoa, s’mores, and even adult refreshments on offer at our all-ice bar. It’s a total embrace of winter.”
My review of last year’s maze!
Last year we went and had a blast. It truly was “cool” – I liked that it was all made of real ice and the maze is challenging enough you think you can get lost in the maze (though we didn’t).
Where is the maze?
601 Main Street North, Stillwater.
It opens at NOON on Saturday, January 15th.
(There is a Friday sneak preview opening for sustaining members of The Zephyr Theatre)
It will be open daily through Sunday, February 20th (or longer if the weather cooperates).
Weekday hours are 2 pm to 10 pm.
Saturday and Sunday hours are noon to 10 pm.
Adult tickets (age 13 and up) are $20 in advance/ $22 at the gate.
Tickets for children age 5 to 12 are $12 in advance/$14 at the gate.
Children under age 5 are free!
Be sure to purchase tickets in ADVANCE – note they are limited to 100 per time slot.
This is mostly an outdoor event. Masks are required indoors, recommended outdoors.