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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: Specialty Museums, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Activities: Dining
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... more » 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. « less
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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 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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237 reviews 237 reviews
99 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Upon entering the seemingly ordinary ice cream parlor my senses were greated with the smell of some sweat or savory goodness. I stood shocked and in awe at the huge towering staircases and chandeleer. The ice cream was delightful with choices as vast and as many as the types of fish in the sea. Marvelous. Exquisite. Fascinating. Thank you. Thank... More

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Orange City, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

This is a fun place with great artifacts. Granted, it's a shrine to the Wells family, but the ice cream in the parlor is fantastic.

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Arnolds Park, Iowa
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

It's really a history of how ice cream became America's number one treat, with many references to dairying. The enjoyable part is the end of the museum which is an old fashioned ice cream parlor. Not terribly exciting, but you can't miss because of the payoff at the end. Good stuff, for young and old.

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