Our Visit to The Turkey Hill Experience + Lancaster Brewing Company

So the end of summer + back to school turnover, it’s taken me about a week to get back into the swing of Fall Life + Back to School with two preschoolers. BUT I am still very committed to sharing with you the rest of our End of Summer Extravaganza fun. Before school started for both my boys, we had a fun + crazy week together.

First we hit up Dutch Wonderland for Day 1 {which was a blast as always} and for Day 2 we did something new for all of us – the Turkey Hill Experience.

This is something my mom had been talking about ALL.SUMMER.LONG. {She REALLY likes her ice cream!} But she also had a friend do it with her granddaughter and they had a blast – plus, like my mom the boys are ice cream lovers too, so its sort of a no brainer.

The Turkey Hill Experience features interactive exhibits where you get to learn about dairy culture, the story of Turkey Hill Dairy, and how the company’s ice cream and iced tea flavors are selected and created. You can see what it’s like to be a Turkey Hill Dairy ice cream maker for a day, including the opportunity to create your own virtual ice cream flavor. In addition, you can sit in our vintage milk truck, milk our mechanical cows, star in your very own Turkey Hill commercial, and enjoy plenty of free samples of iced tea and ice cream!

That’s right – UNLIMITED iced tea and ice cream samples the entire time you are there.

The kids wanted to live here for ever.


There are also a few fun play areas for the littles – like a ball bit and slides – which were perfect for them to get the wiggles out after a long drive from Philadelphia to Lancaster.

Here were the Flavors of the Day when we were there:

Brooks’ Favorite: Dutch Chocolate

Graham’s Favorite: Fruit Rainbow

Mama’s Favorite: Chocolate Marshmallow + Black Raspberry

As you can guess, we spent the majority of our time enjoying endless samples of ice cream.

If you are visiting with older kiddos, I’d definably suggest checking out the Turkey Hill Taste Lab, which is where you get to go into a classroom setting and actually create your own ice cream flavor, complete with toppings and everything.

It sounded super cool and I’d love to go back to do it, just didn’t work out timing wise with us and the boys.

I’m constantly hearing about fun things to do in Lancaster, PA so if you are planning a visit there, be sure to stop by the Turkey Hill Experience and get your ice cream fill! Send me a message if you have any specific questions about the experience and our time there!

After ice cream for the kiddos, it was time for lunch and a beer for this mama at Lancaster Brewing Company! I’ve been to this location before and the husband and I are fans of their beers, so I thought it would be fun to stop by and pick up a few to take home – and it was lunchtime so it all worked out perfectly!

My sampler included:

Hop Hog IPA, Strawberry Wheat, Double Chocolate Milk Stout, Lancaster Lager, Gold Star Pilsner

The Hop Hog IPA and Double Chocolate Stouts are FANTASTIC!

But let’s be honest, after a few hours in the car and at an ice cream place with the kids, anything would taste fantastic I’m sure!

It was the perfect place to stop and have a bite to eat {and a beer} before heading home. It’s spacious with tons of great food options and the brewery is located below the restaurant, so the boys had a grand old time watching the magic happen underneath them.

If you are visiting Lancaster, PA be sure to add Lancaster Brewing Company to your list too! It’s a great place to stop in a perfect point in the town! We had an absolute blast and I can’t wait to go back to Lancaster again soon for a longer visit!

Have you been to Lancaster, PA?

What’s your favorite thing to do/see there?! Please share!

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