Champaign-Urbana doesn’t have the market cornered on great ice cream; make a visit to Sidney Dairy Barn for a “must try” summer sweet treat
At chambanamoms.com, we certainly love our ice cream and we know that you do, too. When you’re looking for something to do and craving a sweet treat, we highly recommend you cruise down to the Sidney Dairy Barn for your next ice cream outing.
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Important Info to Know
What: Sidney Dairy Barn
Where: 311 W. Main St., Sidney
Hours: Open noon-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday in the summer months. Early spring hours vary, but usually start on weekends only, noon-8 p.m. In the fall, back to school hours typically are 2-9 p.m. Monday- Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Visit their website or find them on Facebook to confirm details before heading out.
Sidney Dairy Barn is a good, old-fashioned ice-cream stand in the small town of Sidney. There’s no bathrooms here, or indoor dining. You simply walk up to the window to order your ice cream (or Moo-Thru, below) and take your treat over to some tables set up outdoors to enjoy.
The Sidney Dairy Barn is exactly what you think it is going to be, when it rises up off the prairie almost out of nowhere — a good, old-fashioned place to get a cold cone on a hot summer day or evening. The flavors vary, but you can always count on chocolate and vanilla, and a tantalizing menu of “tornadoes,” or combinations of candy, sauces and ice cream that make some pretty incredible treats. Those in the know schedule their visits around their favorite flavor of the week. You can get ice cream to-go and save for later if you want, too.
About the Moo-Thru: This is a drive-thru experience like none other. Located in a building that you drive through that houses a farming/blacksmith shop museum and a replica ice cream shop, you never have to leave your car to get your ice cream AND enjoy the atmosphere.
It’s a short jaunt to Sidney from Urbana but it will take a wee bit longer to get there from Champaign. The good news is that the drive is a pretty one, with lots to see for the little ones, from farms to tractors to the occasional animal. Once you’re there you can eat your ice cream cone or sundae or tornado at an outdoor picnic table (no indoor seating) and then the kids can play tag in a grassy area nearby. One word of warning: There is no public restroom, so be sure to go to the bathroom before you leave home!
Special Note: Look for the Moo Mobile around town.