Last weekend my husband and I took our 3.5 year old son up to the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, PA. It took a little over an hour to get there from Bel Air but it was well worth the drive. Your admission ticket will get you into the main exhibit area but if you want to try the Taste Lab (which was tons of fun!) you will need to pay a few dollars to add that option onto your ticket.
Upon entering the warehouse looking building, you will find yourself facing the gift shop and ticket counter. After purchasing your tickets you are directed upstairs to the main part of the “experience”. Here you will find a small museum like setting which provides you with the history of the area, Turkey Hill and their farming practices.
As you explore the attraction, you can discover how ice cream is made with many hands on exhibits. Here you can create your own virtual ice cream flavors, start in a TV commercial, milk a mechanical cow, and get frozen in a giant ice cream freezer (which was my husbands favorite part!). There are plenty of photo ops throughout the attraction as well. My favorite was climbing into the giant ice cream tub for photos!
After we explored the exhibits, we decided to take a break and take advantage of the unlimited free ice cream and tea samples that are included with admission. Yup! I said UNLIMITED FREE ICE CREAM!! My favorite was the salted caramel while my husband loved the blood orange sorbet and my son preferred
(Note, if you are planning to do the Taste Lab, I would suggest limiting your sample intake because you will get a pint of ice cream to eat in the lab.)
After sampling more ice cream that we really needed, we headed over to the Turkey Hill Taste Lab for our 3:45pm session. The Taste Lab is where you basically take an “Ice Cream 101” class in a lab setting. Here is where you actually make your own custom ice cream flavor and get a pint of it to enjoy. You start with vanilla ice cream and an instructor explains the process of adding the flavoring, inclusions and variegates to make your custom flavor. My son and husband loaded theirs up with peanut butter while I decided to make something a little lighter with banana flavoring and chocolate chips. This experience is totally worth the extra $5 they charge for it. The Taste Lab takes about 45 minutes to complete. All in all we ended up spending about 2 hours at the Turkey Hill Experience and I highly recommend taking a trip up there one day.
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For more information about this family-friendly attraction, visit their website.