At Turkeyville, Turkey Isn’t Just for Thanksgiving
Cornwell’s Turkeyville in Marshall, MI checks all the boxes for a visit that everyone in the family will enjoy: food, outdoor fun and family-friendly activities.
Grandpa Cornwell started serving up turkey sandwiches in the 1960s and as the Cornwell family grew, so did their business.
Today, the third and fourth generations of Cornwells stay true to their roots by offering a one-of-a-kind country fun experience which now includes fall fun, ice cream, an enormous gift shop, dinner theatre, camping, and many special events.
Read on to see why Turkeyville needs to be on your family’s fall activities list, plus additional activities and events year-round.
How To Get There
Nestled a few minutes west of I-69 in Marshall, Michigan, historic Cornwell’s Turkeyville is about 45 minutes east of Kalamazoo.
You will likely be greeted by turkeys when you pull into the parking lot (consider them Turkeyville’s unofficial welcoming committee).
Fall Events at Turkeyville
Fall is one of our favorite times to visit Turkeyville. Be sure to snag some homemade donuts and cider and you’ve got a perfect family outing.
Oct 7 – 29, Weekends Only
Saturday: 12PM – 6PM, Sunday: 12PM – 5PM
Tickets: $12/person, CASH ONLY
Beginning October 7, Turkeyville sets the stage for weekend fall fun in Southwest Michigan with its annual Haunted Adventure.
Bring cash and expect some crowds but waiting for the adventures doesn’t take too long.
Everything about Turkeyville’s Haunted Adventure is family-friendly. Try a creepy hayride, walk through the corn maze, see how brave you are in the haunted barn and catch a spooky train ride.
Set aside a couple of hours to enjoy this fun experience and the beautiful fall scenery.
Haunted Adventure Activities
Families can expect some not-too-spooky fall favorites. Costumes are encouraged!
Haunted Trail Hayride
Venture into a spooky forest called Turk-evil Trail as you’re pulled by a tractor.
Visitor Tip: Most displays here are very tame; however, the big moving skeleton may be a bit creepy for younger guests.
The hayride stops at the corn maze if you want to test your navigational skills. You can hop back on the hayride when you’re done.
You have two options for the Haunted Barn: Jumps or No Jumps.
Want to be scared? Pick the jumps and scary people will jump out as you walk through the barn. If you want a less startling experience, go for no jumps.
Visitor Tip: We do not recommend the Haunted Barn for young children, even without jumps. One portion is pitch black and is likely too intense for young guests.
Mid Michigan Railroad Club runs the train rides with their 1/8th scale 7 1/2 gauge railroad. It is a delight to take a ride on one of these small trains.
Rides are FREE, but donations are appreciated.
During the rest of the year, the trains run on special weekends May through October (schedule).
Visitor Tip: All train riders must be able to sit unassisted (ie, no infants)
Follow the signs and walk across the grassy area by the hayride to make sure you take advantage of this train ride.
8 Things To Do At Turkeyville Year Round
Can’t make it out this fall? No worries- Cornwell’s Turkeyville is open all year with additional events and activities. Please note that operating hours/days can vary, depending upon the season.
Follow their Facebook page for their up-to-date schedule.
1 – Dine in the Restaurant
It should come as no surprise that Turkeyville’s restaurant has, you guessed it: turkey. After all, they were founded on their turkey sandwiches which are still available today.
This cafeteria-style meal will cost anywhere from $6 to $12 and you won’t be disappointed with the portions.
Their menu consists of sandwiches and warm entrees like a full turkey dinner but gluten-free and vegetarian meals are also available.
If your kids don’t enjoy turkey, the good ol’ standby of mac and cheese and peanut butter and jelly is available for them.
Don’t forget dessert; their pies and cakes are delicious.
2 – Have a Treat the Ice Cream Parlour
If you’re like our family, we skip the restaurant and head straight for the ice cream. There are 16 homemade flavors available and they are all made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
They have a vast menu with milkshakes, sundaes and floats, too.
Up for a challenge? Try the Super Tom. If you can eat 13 scoops of ice cream with 5 toppings plus whipped cream, peanuts and a cherry on top in 15 minutes it’s free! It will only cost you $20 if you can’t make it all the way through.
They also have lots of flavors of fudge and freshly popped popcorn.
3 – Visit the Playground and Barn
Behind the main restaurant, you’ll find swings, a wooden climbable tractor, a playset and some tires for your kids to climb on.
It’s a nice, quick spot for your kids to get their wiggles out after enjoying some ice cream.
You’ll most likely have to wander through a flock of turkeys to get to the barn but they’ll gobble at you and run the other way.
The barn is home to goats, some cows, pigs and a donkey. You can’t feed the animals, but they will wander up to you to say hello.
4 – Put Those Quarters to Work at the Arcade
Some friendly competition is good for everyone so stop by the arcade after you’ve had your fill of ice cream. Off of the ice cream parlor is a room full of your kid’s favorite arcade games from racing to the claw.
There’s a change machine available so don’t forget your dollar bills.
5 – Shop the Massive Gift Shop
Cornwell’s Turkeyville has a HUGE 23,000-square-foot gift shop, stocked with treasures for every member of your family.
Visitor Tip: Snag some baked goods here (we recommend cinnamon bread). You can also purchase other tasty food including frozen meals, jams, salsa and pickles.
Your kids will love the selection of toys and candy options.
Before you leave, make sure you put a couple of quarters in the model train in the main lobby.
6 – Catch a Show at the Dinner Theater
Cornwell’s Turkeyville offers a 150-seat full dinner theatre experience.
Turkey dinner is served as you watch professional actors perform Broadway musicals and comedy shows.
These shows are perfect for date night, as most are for adults only. Oklahoma is the most kid-friendly show this season which begins April 24, 2024.
Tickets start at $41 (includes dinner and the show) and only group reservations are on sale for their 2024 season.
7 – Attend a Cooking Class or Other Special Event
Turkeyville has an active yearly calendar. There is always something going on! Every event is suitable for kids.
During the summer season, you can find flyovers with historic airplanes, tractor pulls, car, truck and tractor shows, flea markets, antique shows and craft shows.
In the winter and spring, cooking classes are offered. A Mommy and Me Cookie Classes are a fan favorite- be sure to purchase your tickets online.
8 – Bring your Camper to Camp Turkeyville
If you own a camper, Camp Turkeyville is a great option for the summer that’s not too far away from home. It’s a competitive summer destination open from April to October. You’ll need to book your space early!
Your kids will love the 2 pools, 2 playgrounds, a fishing pond, a mining sluice, a community room and a general store. You will love the 14 acres and pet-friendly sites with affordable pricing.
Don’t own a camper but want to try it out? You can rent one to see if the lifestyle is for you.
Have you visited Turkeyville? Leave us a comment and share your experience!