Come On the Turkey Hill Experience – A Ride of a Lifetime

When doing research for upcoming trips I always start my process with posting in my favorite family travel groups I belong to on Facebook. It’s a great way to start the searches cause the majority of the moms in these groups have kids the same age as mine. Plus, their travel styles are similar to mine.

Usually, though, I get many different ideas. And rarely do they repeat since everyone has something new to offer. That was until I started to ask about what to do in Lancaster County, PA.

I kid you not, out of the 25 responses I got on my thread, 20 of them yelled (with capital letters and many exclamation points) TURKEY HILL EXPERIENCE!

Turkey Hill Experience - Family Trip

So what’s a mom to do? Our fate was sealed from this one thread. And am I so grateful for it.

It’s a rare opportunity that we get to travel with my parents (the grandparents) and my brother (the uncle) and his girlfriend, so it is always fun to head to a place which would be for all ages. Somehow Turkey Hill had thought of this before we arrived. I’m sure it wasn’t only to please the Kuperman Villatoro family and they had structured the exhibit and activities way before we even considered to travel here. But, regardless, I will take this as a personal win for choosing this place for a family reunion trip.

Why is Turkey Hill Experience a Must Do Even if You Are a Good 100 Miles From It

There are two main things to do in the main exhibit building. They do offer packages with other museums and attractions, but in the main building you can choose two.

1. The main exhibit – the Museum Area

Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience - exhibit

There is a huge interactive area teaching you all about smells, ice cream and the history of the place

Hands On Experience - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

Milk a Mechanical cow – Just like milking a real one, only without the smell.

Milking a cow - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

Pretend to make ice cream – not sure why but this was my son’s favorite activity here. He did it for over 30 minutes.

Mixing Frenzy - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

Have a blast with the exhibits

Fun - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

Hide and sneak fun

Kid Fun - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

NON-STOP ice cream tastings – this can be dangerous!

Ice Cream Tasting Center - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

Ice Tea – bet you didn’t know that Turkey Hill has a huge, delicious line of Ice Teas – with NON-STOP tasting as well

Ice Tea Center - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

And you can learn all about Teas of the world, their smells, where they come from and so much more

Tea Education Center - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

Serious Family Bonding – this is huge for us. We get to see my parents and brother only two or three times a year. So, for my boys to be making memories with their grandparents and uncle is really important for all of us.

Family Fun - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

Create your own commercial. How cool is this?

Creating Your Own Commercial - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

You literally make your own commercial, have fun filming it.

Commercial Making - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

And the best part, the boys got to hang out with their BELOVED uncle, who they miss and love so much!

Uncle Time - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

2. Turkey Hill Taste Lab

This is an absolute must. This makes the whole Turkey Hill Experience that much more richer.

VERY IMPORTANT – make reservations ahead of time. They only have room for a certain amount of people, and it gets sold out super quick. However, there are many per day, so you can easily find a good time that works well for you and your family.

how to make ice cream - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

What is the Taste Lab?

Easy – it’s kind of like a How to Make Ice Cream Class 101. Fully hands on and the best part – you get one pint of ice cream that you personally made with your favorite flavorings and ingredients. Because that’s what you need. More ice cream. The unlimited ice cream tastings aren’t enough.

Do you know the main steps of making ice cream are:

Flavorings – that’s the different flavors you taste in the ice creams

Step 1 - Flavoring - Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience

Inclusions – these are the awesome ingredients that we actually bite into

Flavorings for Ice Cream - Turkey Hill Taste Lab

Freeze it up – that’s when they take it from you and make it the actual ‘ice’ cream part.

You come out with one pint of ice cream.

Fun Facts about Turkey Hill

  • Armor Frey, the man who started Turkey Hill, began each day by watching the sunrise from the top of Turkey Hill while selling milk to get some extra money, it was the Great Depression, and every penny helped.

  • In 1947, Glenn, Emerson, and Charles Frey bought their father’s business.

  • In 1980, the Frey brothers took the biggest step in the life of the dairy by expanding 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. Philadelphians loved it.

  • 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

RECOMMENDATION – come with an empty stomach. Own the fact that you and your kids will get totally spoiled with all the ice cream you can possibly consume – it’s all part of the experience. And my other MAJOR recommendation. Do the Taste Lab first, before the exhibit where the unlimited tastings of the ice cream. This way you can fully enjoy the ice cream you made during your Lab time.

Phone: 1-844-847-4884

Address: Columbia Exit of Route 30 301 Linden Street Columbia, PA 17512


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


About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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