EXCELSIOR — After seven weeks, the Ice Castles in Excelsior will be closing.

The Ice Castles officially opened in Excelsior on Jan. 12, and in a news release on Feb. 28, organizers said the last day to visit the winter attraction is March 9.

Crews will use construction equipment to take down parts of the castle, remove the LED lights from the ice and then knock down the walls of the castle so only large chunks of ice remain, Melissa Smuzynski, who handles media relations for the Ice Castles, told Lakeshore Weekly News. The ice will melt much faster this way than if crews left the walls in tact, but Smuzynski says some of the chunks of ice could take until the end of April to melt.

As for next year, Ice Castles haven’t decided if it’ll return to Excelsior.

“We do not have a plan in place for next season,” Smuzynski said. “Attendance was great this year in Excelsior, similar to attendance we have experienced in previous seasons. We plan to do a full evaluation over the summer and make our decision based on that assessment.”

The Ice Castles are located at The Commons in Excelsior, 135 Lake St. Tickets are $10.95 on weekdays, $15.95 on weekends for people ages 12 and up, $7.95 on weekdays and $9.95 on weekends for kids ages 4-11. Children 3 and younger are free and don’t need a ticket.

You can buy tickets for a specific date and time on the Ice Castles website at icecastles.com/excelsior/. Tickets are sold by time, broken up in 30-minute increments.

Melissa Turtinen is the community editor for Lakeshore Weekly News and Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.

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