Le Mars, Iowa: Ice Cream Capital of the World MuseumMostly this is a large, old-fashioned ice cream parlor, but there's a small museum on the second floor that tells the history of the local Blue Bunny brand. Big ice cream sundae sculpture out front.
Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum
- 115 Central Ave. NW, Le Mars, IA
- Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum. Downtown. On Central Ave. just north of First St. Look for the big ice cream sundae standing on the sidewalk.
- M-Sa 9 am - 10 pm, Su noon - 10 pm. (Call to verify)
Visitor Tips and News About Ice Cream Capital of the World Museum
The Ice Cream Capital of the World Museum, now officially the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum, has moved into a vintage building in downtown Le Mars. With its grand staircase and antique soda fountain, the emphasis is heavily on eating ice cream, but the museum is now more centrally located on the second, balcony, floor. And it's still free.[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 06/19/2011]
Ice Cream Capital of the World Museum
The Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream Museum is a "must see" for ice cream lovers. The museum is modern and very nice. Very interesting to see how the company got started. The souvenir shop is nice and the ice cream shop is totally incredible. The desserts we had were fanshamalamadingdongtastic! I think we were a bit disoriented when we left due to a mild sugar overdose.[Shari Buehler, 12/10/2006]
Wells Dairy has been in Le Mars since 1913. In 1994, the Iowa General Assembly officially proclaimed Le Mars as the "Ice Cream Capital of the World," and the town promotes itself as such. The ice cream museum is part of the Wells' Dairy Visitor Center.
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