My friend and I were hesitant, the morning of the Ice Harvest Festival, to drag ourselves out into the cold and drive almost two hours from Kingston to Delaware County, but we are SO GLAD WE DID!! This is a history buff's dream The museum itself had a great exhibit about industrial innovations developed in the area, and there were blacksmiths demonstrating at their forge, and it was so rewarding to harvest ice from the pond the same way they did it so many years ago!! It was an absolutely fascinating day and I just geeked out nonstop. I went with my friend and we were both amazed at the low admission price (which included a sleigh ride!) and the cheap price for a hot cup of soup (of which they had a mind-boggling array!) and fresh home-baked cookies. There were lots of chances to warm up, ice sculptors practicing their craft, and even while we were waiting in line there was always something to watch and I was never bored. I cannot recommend this experience enough for families, friends and couples looking for something totally new, delightful, wintery, low-impact, and fun at an INCREDIBLE value. It was so worth the trip, and makes me want to go to their 4th of July celebration - where they make Ice cream the old fashioned way out of the ice we harvested! I'm sure it'll taste even better because we literally helped make it.
Wow! Thank you so much for writing about your fun experience at the Ice Harvest Festival. We love that you and your friend had a great time. We work hard to plan this event, and knowing people really appreciate it makes it all worth it. I hope you do come for the Independence Day Celebration, and for a guided tour of the water-powered sawmill. And, the Ice Harvest Festival is always held on the first Saturday in February--Feb. 2, 2019 if you want to come geek out again!