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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace on the shore of Lake Flower is built every year the 1st two weeks of February, along Rt 3 on the Olympic Trail

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Winter Carnival Ice Palace

Olympic Byway, State Rt. 3 and State Rt. 86, near Saranac Lake in Franklin County

Nestled on the shores of Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, the Winter Carnival Ice Palace has been the centerpiece of the annual Saranac Lake Winter Carnival since 1898.

The Ice Palace of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival adorns the shores of Lake Flower in the heart of beautiful Saranac Lake. The Saranac Winter Carnival Ice Palace has been the centerpiece of the town’s ten day annual carnival since 1898. The palace in constructed entirely of two by four foot blocks of ice cut from the bay. A typical palace has about 2000 blocks of ice. The palace is lit with beautiful brightly colored lights, adorned with flags and takes a different architectural shape each year depending on that year’s theme. Fireworks are held over the palace during both the opening and closing weekends of the festival. The festival also features a variety of outdoor sporting events, parades, and indoor entertainment. It is held the first full week in February.

Closest Community:

Saranac Lake

Closest Byway:Olympic Byway
Distance from Byway:on
Closest Route #:State Rt. 3 and State Rt. 86
Months Occurring:february
Best Season:winter
Best Time:

Winter carnival starts the 2nd weekend of February and goes thru the next weekend

Scenic View:

Ice palace on the shore of Lake Flower is a photo opportunity

Indoors or Outdoors:outdoor
Admission Fee:no
URL:Winter Carnival Ice Palace website


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