ICE! Gaylord Texan Resort

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I thought going to Grapevine, TX in the middle of December would be a great opportunity to escape the snow and cold of the northern Michigan winter. Joke was a bit on me since the cold and ice followed me all the way south and dumped a great big ice storm on the area.

Of course, ice makes for some gorgeous images so I slipped and slid my way outside to photograph this:

ICE Grapevine

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Of course, the ice outside wasn’t the only ice that Grapevine had to offer. The ICE! exhibit at the Gaylord Texan Resort has huge colorful displays of ice carvings through January 4, 2014.


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It’s always a treat to walk through a Gaylord resort especially during the holidays. It is so festive and fun. There is great decor all throughout the resort including gorgeous gingerbread houses and nutcrackers.

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Walking around the resort is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Of course, a visit to Gaylord resort during the holidays isn’t complete without a visit to ICE!


ICE! is created fromĀ 2 MILLION POUNDS ice and includes hand-carved sculptures and an ice slide! The colored ice is carved by 40 ice sculptors from China that spend a month carving and creating delightful scenes.

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It is a balmy 9 degrees inside the ICE! exhibit. Calf-length, hooded winter coats are made available to wear during the visit and are available in all sizes including children and infants. The coats were so warm and cozy that I wanted to bring mine back home to northern Michigan.


Yes, I may be from northern Michigan, but I’m not a fan of cold weather. I put the ICE! coat on over my other coat and also had boot, gloves and a scarf. 9 degrees is cold, but the exhibit is so awesome that it’s worth being a bit chilly to enjoy the works of art.


ICE! tickets start at $21.95/adult and $16.95/child. Prices vary based on time of the visit. Stop by Family Travels on a Budget to see how to make ICE! a budget friendly family event.

CAM00044After walking through ICE! exhibit you can spend time snow tubing inside. Definitely a really great experience for families that don’t experience snow and snow tubing on a regular basis.

Learn more about ICE! at the Gaylord Texan Resort here and visiting Grapevine, Tx here.

**Note: I was provided a ticket to ICE! during a press visit to Grapevine, TX. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**



  1. A “balmy 9 degrees!” That’s quite funny! It was frigid in there. Without the coats, we’d have frozen! But, the exhibit is fabulous. It’s hard to believe how rich the colors are or how strikingly detailed the exhibit is. It’s a great exhibit.