Last year I made a goal to go to Midway this year, either on a romantic overnight getaway or with our kids on a mini weekend vacation. When we started planning our little family trip, we found out that the kids wouldn’t be able to participate in a few of the activities that we’d be hoping to do, and decided to make it a day adventure instead. As soon as The Ice Castles opened, we started to plan our little trip and last Friday turned out to be the perfect day for us to escape the inversion and have some fun as a family.
Where: The Ice Castles (700 Homestead Dr, Midway)
Cost: $8-10 for kids (ages 4-11) and $11-16 for adults. Kids 3 and under are free
We took our oldest to The Ice Castles a few years ago when he was about 9 months old and wanted to take both of our toddlers this year while they were both still free, since we knew that they wouldn’t want to stay as long. Both kids had a lot of fun and although we only stayed for about an hour, we all had a lot of fun! The castles are gorgeous and it’s amazing to think about the work and talent that goes into designing the castles and growing the ice!
Midway is about an hour drive from Davis County on a good weather day, and a great escape from the inversion. You’ll hit a point in the canyon where the inversion just ends and the sun is shining and the skies are blue and you feel just a bit happier even though you haven’t stepped outside your car. It’s definitely worth the extra miles past Park City and the perfect little winter getaway.
The Midway Ice Castles are located on the Homestead Resort property and are a beautiful sight from up close and far away. There are three different slides within the Ice Castles that are fun to slide down, just wear the proper clothing so you don’t get too wet and cold. There is a shorter slide that’s perfect for little kids to race on and have fun, a mid-sized slide and then one that’s for 42” or taller and is fun to ride down on a little toboggan.
Throughout the castles you’ll find tunnels to climb through, thrones of ice to sit on, and intricate designs from the ice. As you walk along, take the time to look up, down and all around so that you don’t miss out on a single sight. There are also benches and fire bowls situated throughout the castles for people to sit and talk and in the center of the castles is a concessions stand where you can purchase hot chocolate and treats to help you stay warm. Our kids loved to see the moon in the sky as we explored the castles and as the sky got darker, we were thrilled by the lights that glowed from deep within the ice itself.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit The Ice Castles yet this year, it’s definitely something to do and turn into a tradition that your family enjoys year after year! I know that we’ll continue going back year after year.