There’s a new museum in town, and it’s not like a regular museum. It’s a cool museum! What is the Austin Museum of Ice Cream? Is it worth the $40 ticket price? What do you even do there? Read on and find out more!
When I heard that the Museum of Ice Cream was coming to Austin, I jumped at the chance to get tickets. Ice cream is my favorite food and we missed out on seeing it when we were in San Francisco a few years ago, so I was excited to see that I’d finally get to go!
Tickets are $39 per person. Get your tickets here.
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
The Domain, 11506 Century Oaks Terrace #128, Austin, TX 78758
This was the last real room of the museum, but I’m putting it up front because it’s everyone’s favorite spot. The pool-party themed space has a fun climbing structure with a slide, a hamster wheel, climbing wall, and basketball nets on one side. The other side is the giant pool filled with sprinkles, a diving board, and a slide! Don’t forget to remove your shoes before jumping in! We stayed here the longest and literally had to drag our kids away. It’s shallow enough that you don’t have to worry about losing them in the sprinkles, but you can completely submerge yourself in them. The sprinkles feel like the balls that are in ball pits.
Right after you enter the museum and make your funny new name tag, you enter the soda fountain. Beasty Boys was blaring from the juke box and we made our ice cream selection. We sampled the watermelon, vanilla, and Shirley Temple flavors and ate while bopping our heads to Brass Monkey. The tables also have word searches and colored pencils. Good times!
This was right after the first soda fountain room. You see the swing first, but be careful to just sit and not actually swing since it’s right up against the wall. Then you can run through the hanging bananas while Gwen Stefani shouts “B-A-N-A-N-A-S” at you.
Candy in every shade of pink and red fill up giant dispensers on the wall. You can grab tiny cups and fill them up with candy!
The circus room has a frosted animal cookie theme and includes a fun house mirror, animal cookies you can ride, carnival games, and freshly made cotton candy!
Magnetic Letters Wall
You get more ice cream in this room! We chose the frosted animal cookie flavor and it was so good, I wish I had 10 more. Then you play a game with the letters, whoever can spell out “ice cream” the fastest wins!
The Gift Shop/Final Soda Fountain
Keep in mind that the ice cream in the last room is not free. This is where you can buy all your souvenirs and ice cream paraphernalia. They also sell scoops of ice cream in more flavors here in case you didn’t get enough earlier.
So… is it worth it? Should you visit the Austin Museum of Ice Cream?
You’d be a lot cooler if you did. Yes, it is absolutely worth it! I am not getting paid to say that, nor were my tickets free. I just really, really loved the whole experience and would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone! My kids said it was a happier place than Disneyland. You get so much for the price of your ticket here, too. Ice cream (multiple times), candy, popsicles, and cotton candy are included. But one of the best parts was how funny and cool and friendly the staff are when you enter each room. They are having so much FUN and really do a good job of getting the guests involved. It would be such a blast to work there!