ICE! at Gaylord National

Okay so I’ve tweeted a few times about this “ICE!” thing, and everybody keeps asking me what exactly it is.  Here’s how I understand it…

Jump for Gaylord ICE!Each year all of the Gaylord Hotels do a thing they call ICE! (all caps with the exclamation point, if you wanna be picky).  Basically they setup a tent, chill it down to nine degrees Fahrenheit, bring in two million pounds of ice, and then sculpt it into a totally awesome winter wonderland.

But, you may be asking, how do you keep the temperature at nine degrees in a tent?!  And why does it have to be nine degrees if water freezes at 32?…  Honestly, I don’t have a clue.  What I do know, however, is that it’s worth checking out!  It would be an understatement to say that it’s impressive.

Aside from the amazingly detailed sculptures and the sheer volume of the work involved there are four slides made entirely of ice.  Just to make sure it was safe for kids I decided to test it out myself.  …five times to be exact.  =)

Ice Slide

I was pleasantly surprised at how non-miserable the temperature was.  Don’t get me wrong, nine degrees is butt cold!  However, it is certainly bearable.  The wonderful thing is that there is virtually no wind.  Your toes will inevitably freeze stiff if you don’t keep walking –I did a little running man dance action to keep the blood circulating to my toes; now I just wish I had video of this…

Anyway, I’m rambling.

Gaylord National ICEMoral of the story, if you’re near one of the four Gaylord Hotels this Christmas season, be sure to check out ICE!  You’ll be glad you did!

P.S.  I heard that one of the hotels is doing a Charlie Brown Christmas theme this year for ICE!  Needless to say, I’m SOOO jealous!  Hmm…  Hey Gaylord, do you need someone to photograph that ICE!?  I know a guy… =)

2 thoughts on “ICE! at Gaylord National

  1. Paul and I were actually at the National Harbor hanging out last Saturday and went into the Gaylord to check it out. I saw this ICE! thing advertised, and I have to say, it looks pretty cool (pun intended) but my question for you is: Is it worth the pricey admission?

  2. Affirmative, Emily. It is a bit pricey, but compared to what? There is really nothing else quite like it.

    One thing to keep in mind is that you will probably only be there for 20-30 minutes. It’s kinda like spending money on fireworks. They’re short-lived, but they’re different, fun, and great for making memories.

    My suggestion: check out ICE! and then head into Gaylord to see their free Christmas stuff (fountain show, indoor snowfall, live music, etc…) You could always follow it up with a relatively cheap dinner at Elevation Burger or some other place outside the hotel.

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