We’re only one day into summer and already the temperature is expected to hit 100 degrees. Geesh, what a way to ease into the season. With the heat, my mind has naturally turned to ice cream (as if I need heat for my mind to turn to ice cream!). If you haven’t been on an ice cream factory tour, here are four sweet spots to take your family.
Ben & Jerry’s: Stop by Waterbury, VT for a guided factory tour that will teach you and your kids about the production process and how the company’s mission statement is incorporated into day-to-day business decisions. Start with a company history movie in the Cow Over the Moon theatre, then take a trip to their glassed-in mezzanine where you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the ice cream production room. Don’t forget to sample the flavor of the day before you leave!
Blue Bell: Blue Bell fans, there are three factories that can be toured in Brenham, TX, Broken Arrow, OK and Sylacauga, AL. Factory tours last 45 minutes and include a serving of Blue Bell Ice Cream. Can it get any better?
Turkey Hill Experience: Head to Lancaster, PA to learn how Turkey Hill ice cream is made, sit in a milk truck or milk a mechanical cow. Be sure to also check out three interactive exhibits that let you and your kids “create your own” ice cream flavor, ice cream package, or even your own television commercial. Oh, and don’t forget to get free ice cream samples!
Velvet Ice Cream: Stop by this factory in Utica, OH to learn what it takes to produce more than six million gallons of ice cream each year. Wow! Free 30-minute public tours are available May through October, and don’t forget to stop in the Ice Cream Museum, an interactive museum that spills everything you ever wanted to know about ice cream.
Want to explore even more factory tours? Take a look at my post from last year called Crayola to Jelly Belly: 7 Fun Factory Tours for Kids. Do you have any other favorite factory tours? Let me know in the comments below.
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