The Ice Palace Maze in Stillwater is back this year, and there are carved ice dragons! It’s right outside the Zephyr Theatre downtown, and we went!
Imagine walking through a real puzzle made 100% of ice blocks, with surprises at many turns. That’s what it’s like at the Ice Palace Maze in Stillwater which is happening through February 20th, 2022.
We also went last year and I reviewed it here.
It’s very similar this year, but with different ice carvings. Plus, the pathway is different with the slide on the street side of the maze.
The slide is fun for both kids and adults, but know that it’s cold! I recommend wearing snow pants.
There are carved ice dragons on either side of the entrance, and when we went (on a Sunday evening), we got to meet the Ice Sisters and Olaf, from Frozen!
The maze is 1/2 mile long and 10 feet tall so the paths are well hidden! At night it’s illuminated throughout as well.
There are 2900 blocks of ice that together, weigh over 775,000 pounds!
Throughout the maze there are sculptures as well, like this Minnesota sculpture, plus others like a throne you can sit on.
One sculpture was a “sword in the stone.”
To stay warm, there are fire pits outside, or you can warm up in the theatre.
To get into the maze, you have to go through the theatre anyway and sign a waiver form.
Food and drink
Like last year, you can go into the theatre to get some snacks and drinks (including alcoholic). We had hot chocolate, cake pops and popcorn. They also have smores.
For adults, there’s also an ice bar, which is exactly that – a bar made out of ice!
Is it worth it?
The maze is definitely something unique to do this winter! It’s pretty (especially if you go at night) and there are plenty of photo opportunities.
It was fun for us, and I like that there are different features for everyone. The ice slide is especially fun for kids, and of course, there’s an ice bar and drinks for adults. The maze itself is fun for all ages to walk through. We spent about 45 minutes here but you can spend more time here easily, especially since there are places to warm up.
The cost can add up though, and with snacks and drinks you can easily spend $75 or more for a family of 4.
If you go, be sure to get your tickets in advance online to save money.
Where is the maze?
601 Main Street North, Stillwater.
It is 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.
(Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine.)