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Chena Hot Springs, Alaska: Aurora Ice Museum

"The world's only year-round ice environment" -- where it's always a frigid 20 degrees Fahrenheit -- houses ice animals and buildings sculpted by Steve and Heather Brice. Called "the dumbest idea of the year" by Forbes magazine when it opened in 2004.

Chena Hot Springs Resort

56.5 mile Chena Hot Springs Road, Chena Hot Springs, AK
At the end of the road.
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Ice sculpture face.

Aurora Ice Museum

Some pretty cool sculptures in the Aurora Ice Museum. They often add new ones.

The Appletini they serve at the bar is poured in a way that the green liquor swirls around to resemble the Northern Lights. Then, after you finish your drink, you're supposed to smash your ice glass on the ground and make a wish.

[Lisa, 04/30/2023]

Old multi-propeller airplane on pillars outside an arched building made of ice..

Aurora Ice Museum

They have added an airplane on a pillar next to the ice museum, and have plans to make it into a bar.

[Melanie Olds, 09/04/2019]

The Ice Museum's walls and bar are made of ice.

Aurora Ice Museum

What an experience! The tour is $15 and lasts about 45 minutes if you can stand the cold. There are amazing ice sculptures inside and the bar is near where you can try an appletini ($15).

[Rose, 09/23/2017]

The Ice Museum's walls and bar are made of ice.

Aurora Ice Museum

$15 per person for the tour and an extra $15 per person (with proof of age) for an appletini served in an ice martini glass!

[Karyn McDaniel, 12/06/2011]

The Aurora Ice Museum, opened in 2005, is touted as"The world's only year-round ice environment" and features sculpted ice animals and buildings.

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