WorkPlay, PA (2011) – Soon Hershey®’s Chocolate World attraction will have company in Pennsylvania’s Hershey Harrisburg Region when The Turkey Hill Experience opens in nearby Lancaster County on June 4, 2011. Located just 40 minutes apart, Turkey Hill’s new 26,000 square foot corporate visitors center serves up an easy daytrip for those staying in the Hershey Harrisburg Region.
“We don’t foresee the dairy-oriented attraction melting away Chocolate World’s visitor numbers,” said Mary Smith, president of the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB). “For our guests, we think these two attractions will go together as perfectly as Hershey®’s chocolate syrup over Turkey Hill’s ice cream.”
The Turkey Hill Experience expects 250,000 visitors annually and should benefit from the regional ties to fun foods. Hershey®’s Chocolate World claims to be the most visited corporate headquarters in the United States with approximately 3 million visitors annually and nearby York County is known for manufacturing tours including snack food companies Frito-Lay, Martin’s Potato Chips, Snyders of Hanover, and UTZ. Approximately one hour away, Lancaster County is famous for their whoopie and shoofly pies and Gettysburg has several large fruit farms where visitors can pick their own apples and strawberries.
“This region is fast becoming a destination for fun foodies,” said Smith. “The visitor experience in our region is usually about taking a break from the normal routine. Our guests like to order that dessert they won’t allow themselves at home or sneak a few extra pieces of guilt-free chocolate. Now our visitors can go beyond being sweet, and spend a day being salty, creamy, and fruity as part of their whole experience staying with us.”
The Turkey Hill Experience shares more than the love of fun food with the town of Hershey. Boston Productions, the company that designed the dairy destination were also responsible for The Hershey Story, The Museum On Chocolate Avenue, that opened in January 2009.
Instead of the Hershey Story’s Chocolate Tasting station at Café Zooka or Chocolate Lab inspired by Milton Hershey’s own flair for culinary experimentation, designers created nine interactive areas relating the story of dairy culture, the Turkey Hill Dairy, and how the company’s top-selling ice cream and iced tea flavors are selected and created.
“Visitors will truly experience what it’s like to be a Turkey Hill Dairy ice cream maker for a day,” said Ashley Pluta, spokesperson for the company. “Visitors will even have the opportunity to create their own unique ice cream flavor.”
The Turkey Hill Experience is located at 301 Linden Street in Columbia, PA inside a recently restored former silk mill that had been deserted for more than 25 years. The Experience will feature more than 20,000 square feet of unique exhibits, interactive activities, and dining attractions. Based on the story of Turkey Hill Dairy, maker of the nation’s fourth best selling ice cream and number one selling refrigerated iced tea brand in the nation, the Experience will share with visitors the secrets of making ice cream and iced tea, the history of dairy culture in the mid-Atlantic region, and new ways to taste lots of great ice cream flavors.
For more information on The Turkey Hill Experience, visit TurkeyHillExperience.com.