What is the very best kind of outing in Austin? One that starts in air-conditioning and ends with ice cream! Amy’s Ice Creams offers free, kid-friendly tours of their production facility on Burnet Road, where families can get the scoop on the ice cream making process, and taste the yummy results. My son and I tagged along on a free tour yesterday and found it to be a delicious experience.
Our tour guide, Joe, was an affable man with a gift for talking to littles. He was animated as he explained to our small group, which consisted primarily of 5-year-olds, how the local ice cream production facility makes more than 300 flavors each month for Amy’s Austin and San Antonio shops. We got to taste fresh ice cream, right out of the ice cream machine, and were later spoiled with a larger scoop of high premium chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
The tour was conversational in nature and lasted less than half an hour. We didn’t physically explore the small facility, but Joe made our experience interactive and entertaining. I appreciated that he took the time to answer each child’s questions, which ranged from “Have you ever made vegetable ice cream?” to “Have you ever made ice cream using camel’s milk?” The adults had a few questions as well, and I think we all came away having learned something new.
If you’d like to book a tour, here’s what you need to know:
- June tours are fully booked, but July tours open for reservations on June 1! Tours are always booked a month in advance. August tour reservations will open on July 1. Reservations are first come, first served.
- Call 512-458-3188 to schedule a tour.
- Tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., by reservation.
- Maximum capacity for the tour is 35 people (kids and adults combined).
- Tours are designed for ages 5 years and up.
- The tour itself is free. The tour concludes with a scoop of chocolate or vanilla ice cream for $2 per scoop. A non-dairy option is available with prior notice.
- For more information, visit the Amy’s Ice Creams website.
Following your tour, head next door to play on the Amy’s Ice Creams playground. You may also want to get lunch at the adjoining Phil’s Ice House and stay awhile. We did, and it made for a pretty great morning!
Amy’s Ice Creams Production Facility
2109 Northland Drive
Austin, Texas 78756