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A view of one section of the Ice Castles at the Mall of America, an ever-growing project in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Shot with my Canon SX50 HS
Processed in CS6 and PSE10, also Topaz Adjust 5’s HDR filter.

This winter, Mall of America® will bring a one-of-a-kind experience to visitors from around the world. Ice Castles, will build its largest structure ever, a castle that will stand more than 40 feet tall at its peak and span two acres.
It all starts with an icicle. Unlike typical ice structures that are built with ice blocks, the Ice Castle is made of icicles organically grown from 4 million gallons of water and then fused together. The castle will join 50 large ice towers together to create a series of shimmering archways, tunnels, walls and caverns. In the center courtyard looms the largest frozen tower, reaching more than 40 feet high. Latticed icicles connect the icy columns to the tower, creating roomy caverns. Inside the Ice Castle, there will be several “Throne Rooms” with a chair large enough sit several people. At night, the castle will take on a magical look as thousands of LED multi-colored lights illuminate the ice from within.Beyond the castle itself, there will also be a children’s snow park area with a snow pile for kids to play and even make snowmen and outdoor fire pits to warm up around. Warm drinks and mini donuts will be available for purchase.
Growing an Ice Castle is completely weather dependent. As you are aware, this winter, Minnesota has had unpredictable weather! This means that as it stays cold, the Ice Castle will continue to grow, even while it’s open for you to visit. Because it is always changing and growing, we recommend that you plan to visit multiple times for the ultimate experience.

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  • PutterHug
    PutterHugalmost 2 years ago

    The towers start to grow. This is an incredible shot Shutterbug. I love the ice against the dramatic sky. This one is a show stealer. I will be back with happy dances in hand. Instant fave! ;0)

  • Thank you Peach, I’m looking forward to seeing how far these structures grow towards the end, of course it will probably be the coldest February in Minnesota history, but we do have a box full of handwarmers!! Thanks for the fave Peach!! ;~)

    – shutterbug2010

  • Brenda Dahl
    Brenda Dahlalmost 2 years ago

    WOW’ee that is so awesome…… Yet another great reason to visit……

  • Thanks Brenda, even though it’s only about half way completed it is pretty cool, I’m sure you’d love it, though the Minnesota Winter breezes can start to sting a bit! But, if you got too cold, there’s one of the largest malls in the country right across the street to take the chill off!!!

    – shutterbug2010

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellalmost 2 years ago

    What an incredible article….thank you so much for including the background……wish I liked to fly! It will definitely be a tourist attraction.

  • Thank you Pat, it really is drawing in the crowds, we went just before sunset and stayed as long as we could stand the cold, when we left there were hundreds of people lined up tp get in! We plan to go back when it nears the final heights, even though our temps tomorrow could hit 40 F , I think it’s a safe bet Minnesota will turn down the thermostat long enough for them to complete the castle. ;~)

    – shutterbug2010

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