The enchanting winter landscape of southeastern Wisconsin has been transformed into a magical experience known as Winter Realms, previously recognized as Lake Geneva Ice Castles.
Located at Geneva National Resort & Club, this extraordinary winter attraction offers a blend of awe-inspiring ice artistry and exhilarating outdoor activities, promising an unique adventure for families.
Although the ice castles are absent this year, the Arctic Village is still mesmerizing. Visitors can revel in a variety of attractions, including:
- Arctic Village: Explore a wonderland of ice with snow caverns, igloos, stunning ice sculptures, and an imposing ice throne.
- Sleigh Rides: Experience enchanting horse-drawn wagon rides through the beautifully lit paths of Geneva National Resort & Club.
- Mystic Light Walk: A captivating stroll along a pathway illuminated with colorful, magical lights, creating an ethereal atmosphere.
- Polar Pub: Embrace the chill with a winter cocktail or beer at this Après-ski-inspired ice bar, perfect for warming up and relaxing.
- Ice Slides: Fun for all ages, these slides are a thrilling way to enjoy the winter landscape.
- Tubing Hill: Glide down a snow-groomed hill, crafted for optimal speed and safety, offering classic winter fun.
- Arctic Alcove: A private, secluded booking area for celebrating life’s special moments, such as proposals or anniversaries (tickets sold separately).
- Volcano: Warm up next to a unique ice volcano, adding an element of mystery and excitement to the experience.
- Concession Treats: Enjoy a variety of sweet and savory treats available on-site, perfect for a quick snack in between activities.
- Interactive Ice Features: Engage with various ice-themed installations that are both visually striking and fun to explore.
Winter Realms is expected to open in January and will continue through late February or early March, weather permitting.
The walking surfaces, composed of crushed ice and snow, are maintained to prevent slipperiness, ensuring a safe experience for all.
Tips for Visiting Winter Realms
- Best Time to Visit: Arriving just before sunset allows you to experience the realms in both daylight and under the enchanting night lights.
- Dress Appropriately: Wear insulated winter clothing – coats, hats, gloves, and especially snow pants for activities like sliding and exploring the ice features.
- Footwear: Opt for winter boots with good traction. High heels or flat-soled shoes are not recommended due to slippery conditions.
- Stroller Alternative: Strollers and wheeled carriages aren’t allowed due to the walking surfaces. For small children, consider a sled or a carrier.
- Safety on Ice: The grounds are a mix of crushed ice and snow, similar to walking on a sandy or gravelly beach. Crews work to keep paths non-slippery, but caution is still advised.
- Re-Entry Policy: Keep in mind that once you leave the venue, re-entry is not permitted.
- Weather Dependence: The opening dates and duration of the event are weather-dependent, so check their website for the most current information.
- Parking and Directions: Located at Geneva National Resort & Club, 1091 Hidden Cottage Cir, Lake Geneva, WI 53147. Ensure you have directions and understand the parking arrangements before your visit.
Located at 1091 Hidden Cottage Cir, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, Winter Realms is a must-visit destination this winter. Tickets and additional information can be found on their website.
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