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The first step I take when planning an upcoming trip is to go to my favorite Facebook groups about family travel and post questions about the destination. They are a great tool, especially when I don’t know where to start. Most moms in these groups have kids the same age as mine, so I get great suggestions.

Usually I get tons of different ideas. Everyone has something unique to offer so most of the time they don’t repeat. That’s how things had worked out in the past. But when I started to ask about what to do in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the responses took a different direction.

In this case, out of 25 responses, 20 of them were saying do the TURKEY HILL EXPERIENCE!

I knew that this was a great sign and immediately added it to our list of places to visit. And am I so grateful to everyone who suggested it.

During the same trip my boys and I had the rare opportunity to travel with my parents (the grandparents) and my brother (the uncle) and his girlfriend. So I thought it would be great to go to a place suitable for all ages. Somehow Turkey Hill had thought of this before we arrived. I will take this as a personal win for choosing this place for a family reunion trip.

TMOM disclosure graphicTurkey Hill Experience a Must Do (Even if You Are a Good 100 Miles From It)

In the main exhibit building you will find two things to do:

1. The main exhibit – The Museum Area

Here you can learn all about smells, ice cream and the history of the place in an interactive way.

You are also allowed to milk a mechanical cow and pretend to make ice cream. This last one was my son’s favorite activity here. He did it for over 30 minutes.

There are even NON-STOP, unlimited ice cream tastings – this can be dangerous!

Ice Tea –Turkey Hill also has a huge, delicious line of Ice Teas – There was unlimited tasting of them as well.

In this exhibit you will also learn all about the different teas from around the world.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

This was an amazing opportunity for serious family bonding. My boys and I only get to see my parents and brother two or three times a year. So, it is a huge thing for me to see them making memories with their grandparents and uncle.

You can even create your own commercial. How cool is this? The filming process can be loads of fun.

2. Turkey Hill Taste Lab

If you come here this is an absolute must! It can make your whole experience at Turkey Hill much better.

VERY IMPORTANT – If you plan on doing this make reservations ahead of time. They can only accept a certain amount of people, and it gets sold out super quick. There are many each day, so I don’t think you will have a problem finding the best time for you and your family.

What is the Taste Lab? – This is an Ice Cream Making 101 class. Here you get a hands on experience on how to prepare ice cream. They allow you to choose among different flavorings and ingredients and you leave with a pint of it, just in case you didn’t get enough of those non-stop tastings.

The main steps of making ice cream are:

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

1. Choose and add the flavorings.
2. Pick the inclusions –(all of the ingredients that we bite into)
3. Freeze it up – A staff member takes it from you and turns it into an actual ‘ice’ cream part.

Fun Facts about Turkey Hill

• The man who started Turkey Hill was named Armor Frey.
• He began each day by watching the sunrise from the top of Turkey Hill while selling milk during the Great Depression.
• Glenn, Emerson, and Charles Frey, Armor’s sons, bought the business.
• In 1980, the Frey brothers made a large expansion to its ice cream production.
• Turkey Hill Ice Cream quickly became a favorite in local Lancaster County stores.
• In 1981, they persuaded a few independent stores in the Philadelphia area to give “Turkey Who?” a try. Everyone fell in love with these ice creams.
• Little by little, this tiny dairy became a favorite in some of the country’s biggest markets.

Information for Visiting Turkey Hill Experience, Lancaster County, PA

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Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

RECOMMENDATION – come with an empty stomach. You and your family will get spoiled with all sorts of delicious ice creams and teas. And my other MAJOR recommendation would be to do the Taste Lab first. This will allow you to fully enjoy the experience and the ice cream you just prepared before going to where all of the unlimited tastings are.

Phone: 1-844-847-4884
Address: Columbia Exit of Route 30 301 Linden Street Columbia, PA 17512
Hours:www.turkeyhillexperience.com/your-visit/hours.asp

Prices and Tours:
Turkey Hill Experience
• Adult (ages 18-61): $9.95
• Junior (ages 5-17): $7.95
• Senior (ages 62+): $8.95
• Children (ages 4 and under): FREE

Turkey Hill Experience & Lab Combo Ticket
• Adult (ages 18-61): $14.50
• Junior (ages 5-17): $12.50
• Senior (ages 62+): $13.50
• Children (ages 4 and under): $4.55

Turkey Hill Experience & National Watch Clock Museum
• Adult (ages 18-61): $14.50
• Junior (ages 5-17): $11.50
• Senior (ages 62+): $13.50
• Children (ages 4 and under): Free

Turkey Hill Experience, Lab & National Watch Clock Museum
• Adult (ages 18-61): $19.05
• Junior (ages 5-17): $16.05
• Senior (ages 62+): $18.05
• Children (ages 4 and under): $4.55