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Our COOLest event of the year!


18th Annual Ice Harvest

Outdoor Winter Fun



Watch a New England tradition, take part in ice harvesting tasks, and enjoy *cool* wintertime fun that's sure to warm the entire family!

Sample activities, subject to change:

  • Watch an ice harvesting demo from the frozen surface of the farm pond  Conditions permitting
    Demo start times: 12:00 | 1:00 | 2:00
  • Cut your way through an ice block using a traditional ice harvesting saw
  • Try your hand at using a pair of historical ice tongs
  • Feel the strength it takes to move an ice block up a wooden transport ramp 
  • Learn about the ice harvesting skills of piking, hoisting and moving ice blocks
  • Look on as a yolked team of working steers transports ice blocks on a sled
  • Peek into the Ice House to see how ice was stored
  • Hop aboard the horse-drawn sleigh for a wintry ride
  • Play it cool by taking part in outdoor winter games
  • Meet and greet farm animals in their winter coats and surroundings
  • Be creative as you make a winter-themed craft
  • Explore the museum grounds during a scavenger hunt
  • Sample and learn about herbal remedies when you stop by the Winter Apothecary
  • Taste foods cooked over an open fire
  • See an ice fishing demo from the frozen surface of the farm pond  Conditions permitting
    Demo start times: 12:30 | 1:30 | 2:30
  • Strike a pose at the Freeze Frame photo op and share your image with family and friends
  • Take in outdoor exhibits of:
  • Go on a self-guided tour of the Museum Center’s main floor: 
  • Beverages and Remick-made light fare available for purchase at the Maple Sugarhouse
“This was an amazing event! We all had so much fun and experienced so many new things!! Can't wait to come explore again!” ~ sarauger on Instagram

COST: $10/person, ages 11 & above | $5/child ages 5–10 | FREE for ages 4 & under
Members receive $2 off admission
Activities are subject to change due to weather and other variables. No matter the conditions of the ice, ice harvesting demonstrations will occur. If the ice conditions are deemed unsafe, visitors will not be allowed on the ice; however, on-ice activities will be easily visible from the pond perimeter. Due to safety concerns, hands-on ice harvesting activities will take place off of the frozen pond.

Helpful tips about parking and other information for your visit.


Bottom image: Looking down at the farm pond and working steer sled loop at the end of another fantastic ice harvest day. Credit: Dan Houde/Wise Guy Creative

“Great time. SO much fun!”
 ~ Jared Jedry, Belmont, MA

“Amazing! Keep up the great work!” ~ Kayla Pittman, Morrison, OK and Alex Sorenson, Rockford, MT



“Loved it!” ~ Sydney & Olivia Bell, North Berwick, ME

“Great event!” ~ David & Katie Ewing, Gilford, NH

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