The largest Ice Maze in the U.S. is set to open in Stillwater, MN next week!

Ice Palace Maze, the largest ice maze in the country, is set to open January 22 at the Zephyr Theatre Parking Lot in Stillwater. Ice Palace Maze is a half-mile of passageways built up of 1500 blocks of ice and surrounded by an 8-foot high perimeter wall to keep the maze a secret. For those who conquer the maze, a 36-foot ice slide awaits. There's also hot chocolate and s'mores for the kids and an ice bar with drinks for the adults. You might even catch an ice queen or two!

The Ice Palace Maze runs January 22-February 28 weather permitting. Times are:

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 5-10pm
Wednesday - 5-10pm
Thursday - 5-10pm
Friday - 5-10pm
Saturday - Noon-10pm
Sunday - Noon-10pm

Ticket prices are:

Kids 4 and under: FREE!
Ages 5 yrs through 12 yrs: $10
Ages 13 yrs through 100 yrs: $15
Kids over 100: FREE!

The maze will be limited to 100 people at a time for safety purposes. Tickets may be purchased online in advance or at the gate pending availability. Free parking is available. Masks must be worn when inside.

According to a write-up by the Pioneer Press, the maze was the idea of Zephyr Theatre's artistic director Calyssa Hall and her father Franz Hall. While brainstorming ways to make money and keep employees on the payroll through the winter, the idea of a massive lighted ice display came to mind. Made up of 450,000 pounds of clear ice, it's thought to be the largest ice maze in the country. Each block weighs 300 pounds and was shipped from a manufacturing plant in Michigan.

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