We’re a winter activity loving family and this is one of our favorite things to do! At some point, you have to visit Veal’s Ice Tree in Indianapolis. We love taking our kids ice skating, snow tubing and snow sledding and even tobogganing at Pokagon. However, there’s nothing like the ice tree!
The Veal family announced that the ice tree will not be created in 2021. Chalk it up to another thing we’re all missing, but don’t blame COVID for this one. The family shares that “Injuries, the birth of a forth generation Ice Tree builder, and the loss of Janet’s husband of 40 years,” are all contributing factors to the year of the missing ice tree.
In December, Veal’s Ice Tree wasn’t forming because of the lack of freezing temperatures for extended amounts of time. Better luck for everyone next year! See you in 2022!
Veal’s Ice Tree in Indianapolis
Veal’s Ice Tree off of interstate 74 in Indianapolis is a sight you must see next winter! Some of the most beautiful winter photographs are of tree branches coated with ice sparkling in the sun. In 1961 Vierl Veal and his family enjoyed this winter beauty on a honeysuckle bush at their home. From that experience, the Ice Tree became a tradition in their home.
What is the Indianapolis Ice Tree?
As you drive near exit 99 on I-74, you might do a double take as you see a cloud of ice erupting just off the highway. For over 50 years, the family of Mr. Veal has created this winter masterpiece dubbed “Ice Tree.” Made by letting mother nature freeze a continuous spray of water over an ever growing tower of lumber, tree branches, twine and scrap metal, the ice tree is a collaboration of mother nature and man-made beauty.
Our photos may not reflect the current reality of Veal’s Ice Tree since the ever changing temperature and time have everything to do with the outcome of how the tree looks from minute to minute. The Ice Tree is located at a private residence and is created using water from their private pond. Situated on the banks of the pond, the water runoff (and later, melted ice) is able to return right to the pond where it came from!
Estimated to be nearly 60 feet at the time of our visit, the Veal family continues to build the sculpture/structure and hopes to bring it to a record breaking 76 feet (which will beat their record of 75 feet from the 80’s). Bright colors are added to the water and applied using a hand sprayer to add to the beauty of the Ice Tree.
When Can I Visit the Ice Tree?
Temperature is the most important factor to grow the ice tree. Generally you’ll be able to see the Tree January-March but February is usually the best time to visit.
Please park on the blacktop and do not walk on the snow or ice. It is VERY slippery. You are invited to visit and there is no cost or fee.
Where is Veal’s Ice Tree? How do I get to the Ice Tree?
Directions from the Ice Tree Facebook Page (If you enter the address into your GPS, it might lead you astray). 1. From I-465 take I-74 east toward Cincinnati. 2. Exit at #99, Acton Rd. 3. Go south to Southeastern Ave. (1st road) and turn left-east. 4. Turn left at the first drive after the sharp curve.
If you’re looking for more icy activities in Indianapolis, go cheer for the Indy Fuel Ice Hockey team!
11333 Southeastern Avenue