The Midway Ice Castles in Utah are a must-see for my family every year. And since this is Cristian’s first winder in Midway, I had to take him to them. And know that we’ve seen them (and with a baby), we have some tips for you to make the most out of your visit to the Midway Ice Castles.
When To Visit The Midway Ice Castles
The Ice Castles in Midway — located at the Homestead Resort — have opened for the 2019 season (it usually opens in January) and will remain open until the weather is too warm.
If you can swing it, tickets are cheaper on weekdays — $10.95 for adults and $7.95 for kids Monday-Thursday compared to $15.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids Friday and Saturday (the Ice Castles are closed on Sundays). Kids 3 and under are free.
You purchase your tickets for a specific time slot, or “arrival window.” The time slots for the Midway Ice Castles are from 4-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 4-10:30 pm on Friday, and noon-10:30 pm on Saturday. Each time slot gives you 30 minutes to arrive. For example, if you buy tickets for the 5-5:30 pm time slot, that means you have until 5:30 pm to arrive. If you’re late, you’ll have to wait and might lose your ticket.
I suggest arriving as early as your time slot allows, so you won’t be stressed about possibly losing your spot. Once you arrive, you can stay as long as you’d like. Just be aware that they don’t allow re-entry once you’ve arrived at the venue.
Earlier time slots (before sunset) mean you’ll get to see more of the details in the ice. Later time slots when it’s dark mean you’ll get to see all of the fun, colorful lighting. If you want to see both, choose a time slot like the 4:30 or 5 pm and wait until it gets dark.
What kind of photos do you want to take? The lighting is much better during the earlier time slots before dark. It’ll be harder to take photos of people when it’s dark since they will likely turn into silhouettes without a flash.
It goes without saying that if you want to take quality photos, bring a DSLR camera (I kind of regret not bringing ours this year). However, my phone took some pretty awesome shots.
What To Wear
Dress warm! Especially if you choose to go at night. It’s best for kids and babies to be dressed in snow suits/snow pants and coats so they can play around in the snow. We forgot Jemma’s snow suit and had to have my brother bring it to us! It’s a good thing we live 5 minutes from the location.
Be sure to wear proper shoes, too. The ground is covered in snow (I call it a “snowy-mulch”) and it can get icy/slippery. Definitely don’t wear shoes you wouldn’t want to get wet/ruined. Some sort of waterproof boots with good traction are best!
No Strollers Allowed
Because of the snow on the ground at the Midway Ice Castles, strollers would get stuck and are not allowed. Instead, you can bring a sled that you can pull. We brought Jemma in a baby carrier. (A baby wrap would work too!)
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Go To The Bathroom Beforehand
If you don’t like porta-potties, be sure to use the bathroom before you go. And, if you need to use a porta-potty, they are located outside the entrance to the Midway Ice Castles, so you’ll have to tell the attendant at the entrance you are coming out to use the bathroom and will be coming back in.
No Outside Drinks
There are no outside drinks allowed, but there is hot chocolate available for purchase (along with warm cookies!) available to purchase inside the Ice Castles.
Where To Eat
Midway has no shortage of fun and yummy places to eat at. If you want somewhere super close, try Simon’s or Fanny’s Grill, both located at the Homestead. Or, go across the street to Zermatt Resort (Midway’s Swiss-themed resort and spa). They’ve got Wildfire Smokehaus (great BBQ!) and a more fine-dinning option, Z’s Steak & Chop Haus.