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Visit the Ice Cream Capital of the World in Iowa: Well’s Dairy

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Hwy. 75, Exit 118, Le Mars, Iowa

If you are near Le Mars, the Ice Cream Capital of the World according to the Iowa State Legislature, head for the Wells’ Dairy, maker of Blue Bunny Ice Cream. The Wells family has been churning ice cream and other frozen dairy products since 1913 when the founder, Fred Wells, started out with just a horse, a delivery wagon, some cans and jars—and a steady supply of milk from a local farmer.

Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitors Center, Iowa© 2009 Iowa Department of Economic DevelopmentA giant sundae greets travelers to the town deemed the world's ice cream capital by the Iowa legislature.

In the family-friendly museum you can view the history of the dairy, watch a simulated factory-production line, and then stop at the old-fashioned ice-cream parlor, complete with vintage equipment, décor, and comfortable booths. Try a malt shake or smoothie, or go for the ultimate challenge: the six-scoop, multi-topped Goliath. Early morning visitors can enjoy cinnamon rolls topped with melted-ice-cream icing.

Little tykes can work off extra calories in an indoor playground or the Play Scoop history room.

Open daily May–Sept.; Tues.–Sat.
Oct.–Apr. Call for holiday hours.
Admission charged.

www.wellsdairy.com
(712) 546-4090; (800) 942-3800 Ext. 4090