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“We all scream for ice cream!”

Turkey Hill Experience
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Owner description: Come learn how our ice cream is made, sit in our milk truck, brainstorm your own ice cream flavor, milk a mechanical cow and learn about the people and culture of Turkey Hill. Discovery and delight abound for the whole family. And of course, there are free samples of Turkey Hill ice cream and iced tea!
Baltimore
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93 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“We all scream for ice cream!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2011

I was skeptical going to the Turkey Hill Experience since I had heard mixed reviews. But it exceeded my expectations. Even with our young kids (7, 3, 2, and 9 months), everyone had a really great time.

The best part was the three-step process of creating your own ice cream flavor, designing the packaging, and recording the commercial. The kids loved seeing themselves on the screen and picking the different art to go on the package. And of course, they LOVED being able to go up to the counter to get ice cream and drinks. Fortunately, the museum wasn't too crowded so we were able to do everything we wanted.

We also liked all the photo ops between getting inside an ice cream carton or posing as a football or baseball player. I appreciated the rocking chairs around the place so we could just relax. The kids also liked going into the freezer, milking the cow, and climing into an old milk truck. And it was interesting to hear about the history of the family who founded Turkey Hill and the way milk used to be delivered.

The visit wouldn't be complete without stopping downstairs at the cafe. Our friends got ice cream, while I ordered a kids' meal, which was really reasonably priced and included a sandwich, applesauce and lemonade. And my husband loved his diet iced tea.

We're already talking about our return visit!

Visited December 2011
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Over priced for what you got!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2011

The information in the tour was interesting although I feel like I paid 11 dollars a person so they could market to me. Had they included a free sunday or something else it would have made me feel better about the entry fee. Some good interactive exhibits for older kids but not much for littler ones. If the experience was included with the real factory tour it would have been much better.

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New Jersey
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“Not worth the drive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2011

We went to the Turkey Hill Experience last weekend on the last day of our trip to Lancaster. It was a drive, about 25 minutes or so out of the way but it looked like a fun attraction for everyone.

Unfortunately for us, it was not a good day. There were major technology issues in various parts of the experience that prevented us from fully enjoying the activities. You are able to use touchscreens / computers to create your own flavor and make your own packaging; however, in both cases they were freezing up and prevented us from completing our projects. There was an ice cream display case that was out of order and the freezer door (where you go in and get a sense of the deep freeze of the ice cream) never closed so it didn't get too cold, perhaps that was by design but it appeared broken. Lastly, at the end you can create a commercial for your flavor which was also shutdown and out of order.

There were a few things we enjoyed. There is an old delivery truck and the kids loved playing on that as well as the slides inside the display and there was a small sample at the end which was yummy.

They did refund our money.

Overall, it is not likely somewhere I would travel to again. If everything was working it probably would have been fun and if you really love Turkey Hill ice cream it would be kind of a neat thing.

Visited November 2011
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vermont
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291 reviews
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“Would be a great for children who enjoy computers”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2011

A fun spot to make believe make up your own ice cream flavor with choosing flavors, added ingredients and then designing your own box. and then making your own commericial. Can send all the info to yours friends on Facebook Not quite so exciting for seniors who aren't so much into computers. For the admission price it might have been nice to receive say a coupon for something off for a "real " ice cream cone- you do receive a small complimentary cup ( choice of two flavors which I understand rotate) or a discount on their very nice and spacious restaurant. they need more signs pointing to their cafe ( which must get a lot of local traffic because its open early in the morning until way into the evening)

Visited November 2011
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Bourbonnais
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“Virtual dairy tour, fun for all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2011

Newly opened in 2011 in an abandoned silk mill, the Turkey Hill Experience takes you virtually through ice cream production, from start to finish. Loaded with interactive learning for all ages, you can "milk" a cow, create your own virtual flavor of ice cream, design packaging for your product and even film a commercial for your ice cream that you can e-mail to yourself. You get a sample tasting of real ice cream during your Experience, but afterward you will find it hard to resist visiting the cafe for a full size serving. You can choose from one of 20 or so flavors available.

Visited September 2011
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