May 2, 2014

Turkey Hill Experience

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Turkey Hill Dairy. All opinions are my own.

We’re big Turkey Hill fans in our house. Tommy drinks about a gallon of tea a day, I love the lemonades, and who doesn’t love some Turkey Hill ice cream?!?

Turkey Hill Experience logo

The Turkey Hill Experience opened in 2011. The building that they used was constructed in 1899 and was known as the Ashley & Bailey Silk Mill.  After being empty for more than 25 years, Turkey Hill bought the building in 2009 and began renovations. The Turkey Hill Experience includes 26,000 square feet of family-friendly exhibits and activities.

Our day started out pretty early. Nanny (my mother-in-law) met us at our house about 9am, we then dropped off Owen at Mommom’s (my mom), and headed on our way. The Turkey Hill Experience is about an hour and 15 minutes from where we live in Cecil County, MD.

I knew we had arrived when I saw the water tower on Rt 30 with the Turkey Hill Experience Logo! We got off the highway and made the circle around to a rather sketchy looking old building (remember I said it was from 1899?) with the bright Turkey Hill Experience logo in the front. The giant cow and ice cream container aren’t always there, they travel everywhere!

 Turkey Hill Experience - Exterior

When you walk inside, you walk right into the gift shop and lobby area. You can buy your tickets at the desk to the right.  

  The Experience The Experience & Taste Lab
Adult (ages 18-61) $9.95 $14.50
Junior (ages 5-17) $7.95 $12.50
Senior (ages 62+) $8.95 $13.50

Children (ages 4 & under)

Free $4.55

Admission is required to visit the main exhibit area and the Taste Lab. The Taste Lab sells out often (especially on the weekends), so it is recommended to buy your tickets online to ensure you’re spot in the Taste Lab!

Turkey Hill Experience Giveaway

To enter The Turkey Hill Experience, you head upstairs to learn some history of Turkey Hill Dairy and the area in general. Oh and the inside doesn’t look sketchy at all (as you can see). Tommy and I were talking about how beautiful the inside of the building is and how awesome it is that Turkey Hill used a building that was already in place. As you continue to the interactive exhibits, you’ll be greeted by cows you can milk and a truck you can “drive”.

Turkey Hill Experience milk cows drive truck
Of course, Charlie loved driving the milk truck and milking the cows. I found it rather comical to watch him try to milk the cows! Since this is the first thing you come to, it kind of bottle necks here, so it was a good chance to work on some of our skills: patience, waiting our turn, and letting someone else take their turn.

Your ticket will have a special code on it you’ll use throughout the exhibits to make your own flavor ice cream, design your packaging, and create your commercial. Here’s mine:

Turkey Hill Experience - create your own

And yes, I completely missed my R in Strawberry. Word to the wise: double check yourself! I really do know how to spell STRAWBERRY.

The activities throughout The Turkey Hill Experience are good for any age level.

Turkey Hill Experience1

Tommy enjoyed playing playing a few games with Charlie (and by himself), he pushed his sleeve up for round 2- it was game on. There’s even a ball pit! What kiddo doesn’t love a ball pit?

Included in your Experience ticket is your ability to sample endless amounts of teas and ice cream! We sampled some ice cream, teas, and my mother-in-law found a new yummy treat: Turkey Hill’s new iced coffee!

Tasting Ice Cream Turkey Hill Experience

After playing around for about an hour, it was time for our date with the Taste Lab! Everyone washed their hands then waited patiently for instructions on how to make our own ice cream creation. For a little boy (or anyone) it’s really hard to sit in front of all of these flavorings and add-ins without touching!

picking out flavoring at Turkey Hill Experience

Everyone starts out with plain white ice cream. You can then add flavoring to your ice cream if you’d like. After that’s all stirred together comes the inclusions: cookies, nuts, fruits, sprinkles, etc. The entire side wall is full of them! Once it’s all combined, your creation goes into the freezer to harden it up a bit while you learn a little more about how Turkey Hill ice cream is made. I was surprised how nicely Charlie sat waiting for his ice cream to be returned to him, but I think he was rather worn out after playing so hard before the Taste Lab.

Turkey Hill Experience Taste Lab

We took what seems like a million pictures, but I’m not going to share them all with you (though it’s been hard picking what to share). We had a fantastic time and I know we’ll be returning. My mother-in-law already said she’d love to take the other grandchildren there (aging from 4 to 11 year olds), knowing that they would all enjoy it. If you’re in the area (or planning to visit) of MD, DE, or PA, this is definitely worth a visit!

You can connect with Turkey Hill and The Experience at their website, Facebook, and Twitter.

And thanks to Turkey Hill Dairy, one Mom’s Messy Miracles reader will win a family 4 pack of tickets to The Turkey Hill Experience with the Taste Lab!

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39 comments:

  1. I love plain old vanilla ice cream or butter pecan or cookies and cream.

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  2. Looks like a really fun place to visit with the kids!! I can't do dairy, so I do coconut milk ice cream. It's good, but I miss real ice cream!

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  3. This looks so fun!!!

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  4. Deb Clem-BuckertMay 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    We have a place here in Kansas that's similar and so much fun for little kids. Looks like you had a blast!

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  5. I bet this was such a fun little outing! It looks like you guys had a blast :)

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  6. What a FUN place!! Wish it was closer to us!

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  7. Wow, what an experience. Great family fun and I bet you could go back there several times and have a great time.


    I would love to make some coconut ice cream.

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  8. I love me some Turkey Hill ice cream and didn't know this place existed. Looks like so much fun!

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  9. Oh my goodness - we literally just went to Lancaster Co like 2 weekends ago and debated going here. We didn't have the time but it came highly recommended. Would love to go back and stop there another time!

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  10. Oh wow, that ice cream looks fantastic. Looks like such a fun place to visit.

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  11. Alesha @ Full Time MamaMay 4, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    I've never heard of Turkey Hill before, but it sounds fantastic! That place looks like a blast too!!

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  12. How fun! I have done the Ben & Jerry's tour in Vermont, but that one looks way better.

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  13. Looks like a blast! My family would love it! Their ice cream...... drooooool!

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  14. This would be so fun for the kids! I'd love the taste testing part... :)

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  15. The taste testing would be my favorite spot! This looks like a fun trip!

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  16. This looks like a very cool attraction. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. savoryexperimentsMay 4, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    You and your family have so many fun adventures! I'm jealous!

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  18. This looks like such a fun place to visit! I love Turkey Hill ice cream. Their vanilla is the best!

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  19. How fun! The tasting room reminds me of my kitchen when I get creative. Somehow I think that Turkey Hill's kitchen is more successful than mine.:-)

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  20. How fun! I want to go!!

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  21. Chef Demetra OvertonMay 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    What a great way to spend the day, I would love to visit here. I would love to visit the tasting lab, I don't think I'd ever leave.

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  22. What a cool experience- pun intended! My kids would love this- too bad we live all the way in Georgia!

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  23. That looks like so much fun!

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  24. What a fun experience for the family! I'm going to need to put this on our must see list!

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  25. This looks like so much fun! I know my kiddos would love it!

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  26. Onica {MommyFactor}May 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Oh what a fun place to go. My son would love to try and milk a cow! Not to mention enjoy some ice cream afterwards.

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  27. What a fun place to take the family. Love the cow!

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  28. I would create something with peanut butter, chocolate chips and pretzels! Looks like a fun and yummy trip!

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  29. What a fun night for family. I love that you can mix, match and create your own.

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  30. I've been wanting to go here, it sounds like so much fun.

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  31. I've been wanting to take my kids here, and now I want to even more! Great review. I'd create a coffee-flavored icecream with heath bars and almonds.

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  32. CoupontobeDebtFreeMay 7, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    I would create a fruit and ice cream mixture. Yum!

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  33. I'd create something totally unique - nuts and chocolate LOL - I know, already done, but can you really ever have too much of a good - no, great - thing?

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  34. I'd create something sweet and salty. Maybe chocolate pretzel?

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  35. miranda papandreouMay 8, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    something with peanut butter!

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  36. i love turkey hill's graham canyon, so definitely something with graham swirls!

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  37. Sounds like fun. Might have to try it.

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  38. New to the whole Turkey Hill brand, this would make a great family experience. Ke

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