Upstate New York weather can be wildly unpredictable. Last weekend it was - 30 degrees in some areas and this week we may hit 50 throughout the Capital Region.
And while few will complain about the warm-up, the milder weather has been wreaking havoc on of the area's most popular attractions; the Lake George Ice Castles.
I bought my tickets for the Ice Castles in late December, hoping they'd be ready for the opening during the first weekend in February, but that wasn't the case.
While it may have been bitter cold in the ADKS toward the end of last week, overall, the winter weather simply hasn't helped the magical Ice Castle creations fully form, and people like me were left scrambling for a refund or an exchange.
After unsuccessfully trying to exchange them over the phone, I dreaded going online for the exchange, but it really wasn't too bad with the exception of some "extra costs" I had no choice but to pay as per the rules and agreement page.
So, if you're looking to exchange your tickets, it's a pretty painless process but there are a few things you should know.
Need to Exchange Tix for the Ice Castles? It Comes with a Price!
In the event that the Ice Castles
are canceled, you'll need to manually change the dates on your tickets online - they won't take calls over the phone and oh, there's a fee involved. But exchanging your tickets is relatively painless - here's how to do it.
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From breakfast, lunch, and dinner to simple, casual, and a little classy, here are 10 places that have solid reviews, are reasonably priced, and have really good food. Oh, and they're also really close to everything in the heart of Lake George Village!
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Drone Captures Images of the Breathtaking Lake George Ice Castles
Many in our area are excited for another season in the Adirondacks and the Lake George Ice Castles. Set to open for the season later this Winter, this year's exhibit
the Ice Castles will be expanded and enhanced in year two, and some of the significant additions include, an ice bar, whimsical winter characters for meet-and-greets, and new light features according to Town officials.
This magical display debuted last winter in the ADKs and is set to open later this year, and weather permitting, it will run through the entire 2023 Winter Season.
Check out these spectacular drone photos taken above the Lake George Ice Castles by the Adirondack Drone Company in Crowne Point. These images were taken last winter and showcase the sheer, sparkling beauty of these icy gems - quickly becoming one of Upstate's most-beloved attractions.
Check Out These Super Cool Ice Bars in the Lake George Region
If you are looking for something cool and different to do this winter, head on up to the Lake Geroge region and check out the many ice bars they have to offer. There are full frozen bars you can sit at, enjoy ice luges, fire pits surrounded by ice, and even photo-ops with ice sculptures you can get in or pose with.