Day 14: Visit ICE! At the National Harbor in Fort Washington

I know what you’re thinking:  “National Harbor isn’t Southern Maryland!”,  and yes, you’re right.  That being said, this is still an awesome seasonal event, I go every year, and it’s a great place to take the kids that’s close by and lots of fun.

ICE! is hosted by the Gaylord Hotel at the National Harbor complex, and this is the second year they’ve done it.  It’s expensive (tickets are nearly $30 each), so be prepared to leave with a lighter wallet.  Once you pay your money, you stand in line to get a parka (provided at no extra charge, and trust me, you want it!) and head inside.  The exhibit itself is astounding.  They have sculpted 2 MILLION pounds of ice into a “Grinch who stole Christmas” theme this year and it’s really a marvel of craftsmanship, It’s going to be a shame when it ends up getting melted down at the end of the season.

The Gaylord also has an exhibit of Dr. Seuss art as well as a Dr. Seuss sculpture garden set up in their atrium, so there’s tons of neat stuff that the kiddo’s should get a real kick out of.  I highly recommend going to see the exhibit, and while you’re at the Harbor, check out some of the great shops there!  (The Peeps store is my favorite!)

Hours: Open daily, November 18, 2010 through January 9, 2011. (hours will vary)

Tickets: Adults $24-29, Kids (ages 4-12) $13-$18, Children ages 3 and under are free. Discounted tickets for military, seniors and group of 20 or more are available.

(photo by elmas156 via Flickr cc)

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