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Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center

U.S. Hwy. 75, Iowa Hwy. 3, Le Mars, IA
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Ranked #2 of 3 Attractions in Le Mars
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Activities: Dining
Owner description: Named the 2000 Iowa Tourism Attraction of the Year by The Iowa Division of Tourism, this visitor...
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Specialty Museums, Landmarks
Activities: Dining
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Owner description: Named the 2000 Iowa Tourism Attraction of the Year by The Iowa Division of Tourism, this visitor center includes interactive exhibits, an ice cream factory, a museum and an ice cream parlor.

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English first
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

While stopping in Iowa, we wanted to find something to do in Le Mars, and were satisfied with the Ice Cream Capital of the World. There is an upstairs level with history about Blue Bunny ice cream, and downstairs you can buy your own ice cream from an extensive menu. And of course, there is a gift shop with some... More 

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Idyllwild, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Probably some of the best ice cream you will ever eat. The store is a fun place to visit. Give great helpings

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Alcester, Sd
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66 reviews 66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

very fair portions for the price...good atmosphere! loved the décor. it is a hoppin-poppin place for sure for ALL ages.

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Liberty, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a great place to visit if you are an ice cream junky. Beautiful historic building with an ice cream parlor and gift shop. I taught at Le Mars Community High School for nine years back in the 80's and it blows my mind with how much Wells Blue Bunny has grown from a local favorite to sales that... More 

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Hot Springs, AR
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Don't miss this attraction in downtown LeMars, IA. Great fun, a long ice cream "bar" with a soda fountain from the 1920's. First rate, and an interesting Museum about Blu Bunny Ice Cream. Make this at least a two hour visit, plus ice cream. Yum!

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Sioux Center, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We just moved to northwest Iowa and were getting our bearings. We heard that the ice cream capital of the world was just a few miles south of where we move to and we love ice cream so we had to go. My wife and I enjoyed the little bit of history that was a part of the parlor experience.... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Spent the day in LeMars visiting the Blue Bunny ice cream parlor and touring the Plymouth County Historical Museum located in an old schoolhouse. The museum gave us great insight to the people and history of the region. The Main Street in LeMars are lined with ice cream sculptures imprinted with memorable phrases.

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San Francisco, CA
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279 reviews 279 reviews
120 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

What a setting, an old bank with soaring columns and lots of shiny wood and some of the best ice cream in the world, so many flavors and they'll gladly give you a taste. Blue Bunny products are on offer, T-shirts, purses, toys and more, in an eye dazzling variety of colors. Enjoy!

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Bothell, Washington
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We took a sort trip to LeMars, the Ice Cream Capital of the World and stopped at their museum (which is small) and had an ice cream cone in the Parlor. It is the creamiest ice cream we have ever eaten! Well worth the trip and the main street has ice cream cones dotting both sides of the street. We... More 

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Pocahontas IA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

You have to stop here if close to Le Mars! Just seeing the inside of this beautifully re-decorated old building is worth it! The tiles on the floor are just neat! I love purple, so that really drew me in. You go up this beautiful staircase to the upper floor, where all the memorabilia is in glass cases. The story... More 

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