The Museum of Ice Cream is a hot ticket for locals and those visiting San Francisco, so I popped along to check out what all the fuss is about. My only regret was not having the kids with me as they’d have delighted in the fanciful nature of this attraction. And we’d have had no problems with accessibility as the Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco goes the extra mile when it comes to access and inclusion.
I did my research before visiting and checked out the quietest times. I booked for a Monday afternoon because from all reports it would be a good time. I didn’t take into account a Veteran’s Day holiday which of course meant every tween and teen in town was out for a fun day. Despite my timed ticket I found a queue stretching around the corner of the building. Fortunately the queue moved quickly and I soon found myself being greeted by pink overall clad highly energised staff. Personally I think they’d been partaking in lots of ice cream to be so exuberant.
Everything about the Museum of Ice Cream encourages interaction, from the ice cream samples to the activities guests are invited to participate in.
I visited during Pinkmas so everything was holiday themed from pink Christmas trees to arts and craft activities. Theming changes throughout the year.
There’s no doubt the Museum of Ice Cream plays to the current Instagram hungry audience with plenty of photo opportunities throughout.
I’m not sure if it was the sugar rush, but even though I was travelling solo I found myself happily hopping onto a unicorn.
I’ve been to other food themed attractions where samples are offered as part of the experience, but the Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco is by far the most generous. I suggest arriving with an empty stomach. If you’re still hungry at the end you can pop into the cafe for more ice cream or a milkshake.
If you’ve ever wanted to make like an ice cream and dip yourself into a pool of sprinkles, this is the place to do it. The most popular spot in the museum is definitely the sprinkle pool where kids and kids at heart, jump, slide, swim and cover themselves in the large plastic sprinkles.
And the most impressive element of inclusion can also be found here with a seat lift which allows anyone who’s unable to climb the stairs to get into the pool and be a part of the fun.
MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM ACCESSIBILITY
A slide provides a fun entry to the Museum of Ice Cream but an alternative entry is available for wheelchair users or anyone not keen on using the slide.
Lift and ramp access is provided where needed.
Large unisex accessible bathrooms are provided and don’t think you’ll escape the lolly pink colour in there!
A chair lift is available to use to access the sprinkle pool.
A big thanks to the staff at Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco for giving me a demonstration, and modelling for photos, of the chair lift.
I had a fun time at the Museum of Ice Cream but missed my side kicks. It’s a place to be enjoyed with friends, family and your kids.
A ticket isn’t cheap (especially with the current exchange rate for the Aussie dollar) but the number of people enjoying the attraction suggests plenty of people are happy to pay for this sweet experience.
I was hosted for my visit but as always my opinions are my own.
You can read more and book tickets via the Museum of Ice Cream website.