STILLWATER, Minn. (KMSP) - Ice was put to good use in Minnesota where over 25 million pounds formed an ice castle, complete with its own water show.
On the shores of the St. Croix River, there's a winter wonderland.
The castle is an acre of tunnels, caverns, and slides made from 25 million pounds of ice.
This year operators added a 16-foot wall with led lights inside and a coliseum room with a frozen fountain in the middle with its own water show.
"We grow 10,000 icicles a day, then those icicles are hand placed and water is sprayed over them to make them grow larger and that process is repeated over and over," site manager Amanda Roseth explained.
There was no shortage of people willing to brave the elements to celebrate the season on opening night.
"As Minnesotans, we have to embrace this weather because it's part of us for six months this is just getting everyone outside and having fun. And being together as a family and making memories," Roseth said.