Ice Cream Factory Tours

Ye Olde Mill at Velvet Ice Cream offers factory tours from May through October.

We’re almost halfway through National Ice Cream Month. Like me, you’ve probably hit an ice cream festival, attended an ice cream social, patronized your local parlors and enjoyed ice cream at home in honor of National Ice Cream Month.

Now what? With over two weeks left, how will you celebrate this special month?

May I suggest an ice cream factory tour. Dairies and ice cream companies across America open their factories to the public for tours. Some are free and most require reservations.

In Ohio, you have two choices, Graeter’s in Columbus and Ye Olde Mill at Velvet Ice Cream in Utica. In the south, you can visit Homeland Creamery in North Carolina. Fans of the Penn State Lions probably already know about their ice cream. What you may not know is that you can take a tour of their operations.

Out west you can visit Goody’s chocolate and ice cream tour in Oregon or see all natural ice cream made at Boulder Ice Cream in Colorado.

If you don’t live close to these ice cream companies, call your local dairy or ice cream manufacturer to see if they offer a tour. Even if they don’t, they might be willing to show off their operations to you and your group.

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