Are you taking a road trip this year and would like to see and do something different? Or maybe just go see something in your own state. Taking a fun Food Factory Tour may be right up your alley.
Here is a list of fun Food Factory Tours in every state. Go see how chocolate or ice cream is made. Maybe you would like to see how beer or bourbon is brewed.
This list has everything from Jelly Belly in California to fruit cake in Texas to maple syrup in New Hampshire. From learning about the history of these companies to all the ingredients used in the foods we eat, these tours are not only educational but fun.
It’s also exciting when we are able to get free samples at the end of the tour.
Food Factory Tours are always fun to go to and they are great things to do especially on a rainy day when you’re on vacation.
Blue Bell Creamery, Sylacauga, AL
Although not a big tour, you get to see (through a glass window) the “real factory” making ice cream and packaging it into ½ gallon containers.
It’s fun for the kids as they have an ice cream parlor with every flavor of ice cream that they make. You can get a large scoop in a cup for just $1.
The factory is opened Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4:30 pm. They also have a country (gift) store on the premises. Across the street, they have picnic tables and a grassy area for your convenience.
Alaskan Brewing Company, Juneau, AK
Alaskan Brewing Company brews and bottles 20 varieties of beer at their facility in Juneau. Tours are given through the Alaskan Tour Hallway from May through September.
These tours begin at Downtown Brewery Depot where you take a shuttle to where the beer is made. You get to see their 10 barrel system and how they make the beer as well as hear all about the history of the company which was the first brewery in Alaska.
Tours are for ages 8 and up and are $25 which includes free samples of their beer including some limited edition or rough draft brews. Tours last about 1 3/4 hours and it’s recommended to book them in advance.
Cerreta Candy Company, Glendale
Come see how this family-run business makes delicious chocolate. This 30 minutes guided tour is $5 and shows you how chocolate is made along with the soft flavourful centers.
Purchase a VIP pass for $12.50 and in addition to the tour your kids make a chocolate pizza with toppings like M&Ms, chips, pretzels and of course white chocolate “cheese”!
These tours are given from Monday to Friday at 10 am and 1 pm.
Markham & Fitz’s Chocolate, Bentonville
Take a tour of Markham & Fitz’s facility and see how their chocolate is made from the cocoa bean to their chocolate bars.
Tours must be scheduled and are $20 per person. You will taste each part of the process from the nid, liquid chocolate to the finished bar.
Tours take about an hour and you will receive a chocolate bar at the end.
The store has everything from cookies, cakes, all kinds of chocolates to all types of chocolate drink.
Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield
The Jelly Belly Factory offers several tours as follows:
- Watch videos of the process and take a self-guided walking tour along the factory to see how the jelly beans are produced. At the end enjoy the free samples of their products. This tour is free and can be taken Monday to Friday from 9:15 am to 4 pm.
- Personal guided tours are given 7 days a week (although no productions on weekends) at 10, 11:30, 1 and 2:30 pm. These tours are up to 6 people and are $39 per tour.
- Jelly Belly University Tour is on the actual factory floor with a close up on how Jelly Bellys are made. At the end, you get a “Beanology Degree”. Cost is $59 per person, must be reserved in advance and you will be required to wear lab coats, hairnets, and gloves.
Hammond’s Candies, Denver, CO
Since 1920, Hammond’s has been making candy canes, lollipops and other candies by hand. You can take a 30-minute free tour and see how they pull, twist and shape their candies by hand.
Factory store hours are Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm with tours given Monday to Friday from 9:15 am to 2:45 and Saturday from 9:15 am to 2:15 pm.
Tours can be booked online (24 hours in advance) or by calling 303-333-5588 ext 110. Reservations are accommodated as walk-ins are not guaranteed and based upon availability.
PEZ Visitor Center, Orange
See the largest selection of PEZ memorabilia in the world including a PEZ motorcycle built by Orange County Choppers in this 4,000 square foot facility.
Take the tour of the production area seen through glass windows and watch videos for how they actually make this famous candy.
Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and children 3 to 12. Under 3 are always free. You paid ticket received a PEZ lanyard and a $2 credit towards merchandise in the gift shop.
For an additional $3, Monday to Friday, you can also get an in-depth candy demonstration. You must be at least 6 years old and would need to stand through the 20-minute presentation. You also need to wear a hairnet.
The PEZ Center is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.
Dogfish Head Brewing Company, Milton
There are no food factories in Delaware but they sure do know how to make craft beer. Dogfish was established in 1995 and has become a staple of the community.
Brewery & Distillery hours are Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from noon to 7 pm.
They offer the following tours:
Quick-Sip–A 25-minute free tour around the brewhouse and a free sample flight of 4 beers (they pick 2 and you pick 2) following the tour in the tasting room.
This tour is given on Monday to Thursday at noon, 2 and 4 pm and Fridays to Sundays at 11:20, 12:20, 1:20, 2:20, 3:20 and 4:20.
Off-Centered Tour–An hour-long tour consisting of the brewhouse and their R&D system area where you sample an experimental brew. Then you are off to the packing area where beer is kegged, canned and bottled. When finished you go to the tasting room where you get to choose your sample flight of 4 beers.
This tour is $10 per person and you even get to take home a glass with the Dogfish logo. Tour is given Monday to Thursday at 11 am and 1, 3 and 5 pm in addition from Friday to Sunday every hour on the hour from 11 to 5 pm.
Note: To take either tour, you must wear closed-toed shoes.
Florida’s Natural Growers Grove House Visitor Center, Lake Wales
Although not a factory tour, you get to see several videos all about citrus farming and the process of making juice. You can also take an outdoor tour through the orange groves.
This free tour is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Free samples of Florida’s Natural Brand juices are available for you to try.
Note: This tour is only open seasonally from October to May.
World of Coke, Atlanta
Located in downtown Atlanta, the World of Coke, although not a factory tour but a total coke experience. Come see where the secret Coca-Cola formula is located and try over 100 different drinks coke sells throughout the world.
You also get to see the bottling process as well as over 100 artifacts of Coke throughout the years. On the second floor, there is a 4D video that feels like a ride as the seats move. At the end is the Tasting Room.
Admission for adults is $17, Senior 65+ $15, children 3-12 $13 and 2 and under free. Admission is also part of the Atlanta City-Pass.
Opened year-round, hours and days change according to season so check their website. Plan on sending 2 to 3 hours here.
Dole Plantation, Wahiawa
Although not a factory tour, the Dole Plantation is a whole pineapple experience.
You can choose the tour you want depending on your time and what you want to spend. Tours are offered daily from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
The following tours can be purchased as a package or purchased separately:
The Pineapple Express Tour Train—A two-mile 20-minute train ride learning all about the history of pineapples in Hawaii. Train tickets range from $9.50 for kids to $11.50 for adults.
Plantation Garden Tour—This is a walking self-guided tour of eight different gardens including coffee beans, exotic fruits, cacao pods and of course, pineapple. Garden tickets are between $6.25 for kids and $7 for adults.
The Pineapple Garden Maze—One of the largest garden mazes with 2.5 miles of paths covering 3 acres of land of pineapple plants. Maze tickets range between $6 and $8.
Combination tickets can be purchased depending on the experience you are looking from and start at $13.50 and go up to $24.
Ballard Family Dairy Farm & Cheese Factory, Gooding
Located in Southern Idaho is this family-run farm that starts the cheese process with milk from their own Jersey cows. You can take a one hour tour for just $2.50 per person and see the animals on the farm to the whole cheese-making process.
They make several award-winning kinds of cheese in many different flavors from white cheddar to curd cheeses in 7 flavors including garlic her, garlic pepper, dill, tomato & basil, spicy pepper and plain.
So if you are ever in the area stop by for a tour and sample some cheese!
Long Grove Confectionery, Buffalo Grove
Be greeted by a 500-pound chocolate Santa and a 2,500-pound chocolate Statue of Liberty as you enter the Long Grove factory. Start your tour with a video then take a look at how chocolate is made.
Depending on production you may see caramel being make or the staff hand painting molds before being filled. This wholesaler of chocolate products makes over 300 varieties sold throughout the country.
They are famous for Milk Chocolate Pecan Myrtle.
Tours are given Monday through Friday and cost $2 per person. A reservation is required.
Albanese Confectionery Group, Merrillville
World-famous Gummies are made at Albanese Confectionery and you can take a free tour to see how they are made. This self-guided tour can be taken Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
After watching a video, you get to look at the factory through 8 different windows explaining how gummies and Gold Label chocolates are made.
And of course, free samples of gummies and chocolates are available at the end for your enjoyment.
Note: There are no tours available during November and December since Santa is there and March and April for the Easter Bunny.
Hensen’s Farm Fresh Dairy, Hudson
Hensen’s Farm offers several kinds of tours during their season which runs from April 1st to October 31st and is open Monday through Saturday. All tours are by reservation only.
The following tours are available:
This 2-hour tour takes you from the farm with a trolley where you get to milk a cow, bottle feed a calf, pet goats and kangaroos and make butter. You also get to sample many products including ice cream. Cost is $15 for ages 4 and up, 3 and under are free. This tour is given at 3:30 Monday through Saturday.
Animal Petting Tour
This also includes a trolley ride to the farm and walking tour to see the animals were you get to pet cows, calves, goats and kangaroos. You also get to make butter and sample products and eat ice cream. This tour is only available on Saturdays at 12:30 pm and costs $12 for ages 4 and up and free for ages 3 and under.
School tours and adult group tours are also available. Call 319-988-9834 to book these tours.
Kansas Underground Salt Museum, Hutchinson
This tour takes you by tram 650 feet underground to see where salt comes from. This is a working salt mine and when there you can feel the salty taste on your lips. The mine is opened Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (tours start at 9:20 with the last tour beginning at 3 pm) and Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm (last tour starts at 3).
In addition to the museum, several different tours are offered as follows:
Dark Ride Tour
You first enter an elevator where you go down into the mine where you get the tram. The dark ride tour is in the lighted area of the mine where you learn all about salt mining. You also get to take a piece of salt home with you.
This tour ranges from $12.50 for ages 4 to 12 to $19 for adults.
Salt Safari Shuttle
This is in addition to the dark ride tour and costs an additional $12.50 per person. You get to ride for miles in the unlit area of the mine just being able to see with your lighted hard hats.
Note: Children 4 and under are not allowed in the salt mine. Also, you will be supplied with a hard hat to hear in the mine.
Wild Turkey Bourbon, Lawrenceburg
Kentucky is known for its bourbon, has several manufacturers with Wild Turkey being the largest. You can take a one hour tour of their distillery and rickhouse (where the barrels are aged) for $11 per person. (Current military and Veterans are free if ID).
After the tour, you will receive a flight of different bourbons to try. Tours are given Monday through Saturday beginning at 9 am and the last tour starts at 4 pm.
Note: Minor can take the tour however you need to be 21 to taste any bourbon.
Tabasco Sauce Factory, Avery Island
This is where Tabasco Sauce has been made for over 100 years by the same family. You can take a self-guided tour starting at the Tabasco Museum and continuing for 10 stops from how the peppers are grown to the bottling and packaging of the sauce.
Tours are given 7 days a week beginning at 9 am and the last tour starts at 3:30 pm. They are walking tours and are $5.50 ages 5 to 54 and $4.95 for ages 55+ and veterans.
Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolates, Freeport
Wilbur’s of Maine offers factory guided and non-guided tours of their facility on certain dates of the week changing all the time so you need to visit there website for days and times.
During their guided tour (which is $4.50) you get to see how the chocolate is made but also get to make your own chocolate too. And of course, samples are given!
Spagnvola Chocolatier, Gaithersburg
Spagnvola used to give weekly tours but now only give tours during events. You can take a chocolate-making 101 class where you get an in-depth tour of the factory as well as learn to make different candy fillings and chocolate treats.
This event costs $75 and is 2.5 hours long. Reservations are a must and you can find out details on their website.
Cape Cod Potato Chips, Hyannis
Come see how Cape Cod Potato Chips are made one batch at a time in custom barrels. Can you believe that they make 30,000 pounds of chips this way every day?
This is a free self-guided 30-minute walking tour. Of course, you get a free sample at the end. And the company recently built a new patio where you can relax and enjoy your chips.
Jiffy Mix, Chelsea
Jiffy Mix offers free one hour tours beginning with a video and then a guided walkthrough of their facility.
You will get free samples and refreshments. They even give you a free gift bag too!
Tours are given Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. Reservations are required by calling 4734-372-0223.
- Children must be at least in first grade to take the tour.
- You will be required to wear hairnets for part of this tour.
Redhead Creamery, Brooten
You begin your tour at the farm with the cows, you’ll even see where the cows are milked. Then you will see how the cheese process is done.
Tours are $10 and take between 1 and 1.5 hours. It’s a walking tour and is wheelchair accessible. Tours are given on Friday and Saturday at 12:30 pm.
Of course, get ready to try lots of cheese samples!
Lazy Magnolia Brewery, Kiln
The Lazy Magnolia Brewery offers several tours given on Thursday and Fridays at 6 pm and Saturday at noon, 2 and 4 pm.
Available tours are as follows:
- Front Porch Tour is $10 and includes a tour of the brewery and a pint glass.
- Back Porch Tour is $20 per person and includes a brewery tour, a flight of beer and a pint glass to take home.
- Debutante Tour is $30 and in addition to the brewery tour, flight and pint glass you also get a growler and a growler coolie to take home.
Note: Anyone can take the tour but you must to 21 years old to drink and take home the growler.
The Roasterie Factory, Kansas City
Take a tour and see how coffee is made at this must-see experience while you’re in Kansas City.
Factory tour includes the company’s history, see the roasting floor, see a live brewing demo and taste their cold brews.
Tours are 45 minutes long for a $5 fee and are given as follows:
- Monday to Friday 10 am and 12″30 pm
- Saturday 8:30, 10, 11:30, 1 and 2:30
- Sunday 10:30 and 12:30
You can also take more in-depth classes, check out their website for details.
Hop-On Montana Brew Bus Tour, Whitefish
This tour takes you to 3 breweries, wineries or distillery where you get to see the products that they make and get a flight or pint at each stop as a sample.
Tours run about 4 hours and reservations can be made at their website. Tours cost $65.
UNL Cheese Factory, Lincoln
Come and see this working dairy and find out how they make milk into cheese and ice cream.
Tours are free but must be scheduled 2 weeks in advance by calling 402-472-2973.
At the end of the tour, you can purchase ice cream at a discount.
Kimmie Candy, Reno
Take a free tour of the Kimmie Candy Factory and see how they make their Sunstars candy.
Your first stop is a video to see how the cany is made. Then you’re off to either a mini self-guided tour or a guided full tour of the factory. The choice is up to you but no matter which one you decided your get free samples!
You must call 775-284-9200 to schedule your tour which are given weekdays 10 am, noon and 3 pm.
Parker’s Sugar House, Mason
You need to time this tour right (so call ahead) with Mother Nature but is usually March through the end of April to see how maple syrup is made.
Here you get to see how the Native American made maple sugar the old fashion way to today how Parker’s make it in a wood-fired evaporator.
They have a year-round restaurant (Maple Barn) that gets a high rating and a gift shop that of course sells Maple Syrup all year round.
David Bradley Chocolatier, Robbinsville
You can watch (through observation windows) chocolate being made anytime from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Discover how to make temper chocolate at home from their instructions. Of course, samples are available for your pleasure.
Eagle Ranch Farm Tour (Heart of the Desert), Alamogordo
Take a free 45-minute walking tour of the Heart of the Desert Pistachios and Wines. Here you can see how the products are being made from the start (crop) to finish. The tours explain and show you how pistachios are grown and processed. You see the fields, processing plant, packaging, and shipping.
Tours run daily Monday to Friday at 1:30 pm from September to May and twice a day at 10 am and 1:30 pm from June to August.
Brewery Ommegang, Coppertown
The Brewery opened its doors in Cooperstown in 1997 and has become one of the top craft beers in New York.
You can take a brewery tour for $5 per person. This 30 minute guided tour takes you through the brewhouse, cellars and packing hall. Afterward, you can take a guided tasting (for $10 per person) which included 6 kinds of Ommegang beers.
If you are ever in this area of New York and don’t want to take the tour, the brewery has a 100 person cafe with 20 beers on tap.
A summer concert series has become very popular in recent years with some top names performing.
Tour and tasting hours are Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 4 pm and Sunday from 11 to 3.
French Broad Chocolate Factory & Cafe, Ashville
Take this guided tour of the factory and see chocolate being made beginning with the coca bean to how they form the bars and also bonbons. And of course, free samples!
Tours are $12 for adults and children 12 and under are free. They are given Monday to Friday at 2 and 4 pm and Saturdays at 10 am, 12, 2 and 4 pm.
Drekker Brewing Company, Fargo
Drekker Brewing Company offers free tours on the first Saturday of each month at noon. These tours are given by one of the owners or the brewers so you really get to learn all about how their beer is made starting with the grains to the end.
You get to try samples of the raw products and finish with a tasting of 4 beers. Tours must be reserved in advance.
Although these tours are free, the company asks for a donation that is given to a different non-profit each month in the Fargo community.
Dum Dums (Spangler Candy) Bryan
Take the Dum Dum trolley on a tour of the factory and see the candy packing and warehouse areas. Learn about all the different flavors of Dum Dums and which are the best selling ones.
Tours are given Wednesday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm (the last trolley leaves 2:30) and from Memorial Day to Labor Day tours are from Monday to Friday.
Tour prices are as follows:
- Adults $6.00
- Seniors $5.00
- Ages 6 to 18 $4.00
- 5 and under are free with paying adult
Braum Family Farm (Braum’s Ice Cream), Tuttle
Come down to the Braum’s Farm and tour the processing plant and bakery. See how they make ice cream, ice cream cones, milk, cookies and so many other products.
Tours are given Monday to Friday at 9 and 11 am. You must reserve and do it early as these tours fill up fast by calling 405-228-4604.
Tours are free and take about an hours and of course, you get free ice cream and bakery items at the end.
Harry & David, Medford
Take the Harry & David tour and see their products being made, including cheesecake, baklava, chocolate truffles and of course their famous Moose Munch.
You will also get to see how they prepare their “towers” and other gifts including preparing their pears for shipping.
Tours are given Monday to Friday at 9:15, 10:30, 12:30 and 1:45. Cost is $5 per person and you receive a $5 discount off $40 of goods at their store.
Reservation for the tour is recommended especially the closer it gets to the holiday season.
Hershey Chocolate World, Hershey
Hershey offers a 30-minute ride showing you how their chocolate is made. This is not a factory tour but you will see the process they take and find out all about the ingredients they use.
For more information read about the Hershey Tour and many other fun factory food tours in Pennsylvania.
Newport Vineyards, Middletown
Although not the Napa Valley, Newport Vineyards is the largest winery in New England. They offer complimentary tours of the vineyards and winemaking. Times and days change depending on the season.
After the tour, you are welcome to take a wine tasting for $17 which also includes a souvenir logo glass.
Charleston Tea Plantation (Bigelow Tea), Wadmalaw
Come see the tea plants at the only tea factory in America, Charleston Tea Plantation and take one of the many tours they offer.
This tour is a free self-guided walking tour where you look down into the actual tea factory. There are TV screens where the Bigelows explain the tea making process.
A Trolley Tour is also available for $14 for adults and $7 for children 4 to 11 (3 and under are free) and takes you all through the acres of tea bushes explaining all about them. You also make a stop at a greenhouse where you see how the bushes actually grow. This tour is about 35-40 minutes.
SDSU Davis Dairy Plant & Sales Bar, Brookings
Visit the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings and discover what great things the students are learning.
They have a Dairy Plant were they learn to make milk, ice cream, cheese, and butter. The Sales Bar 1.5 miles away serves everything that it made. The students are responsible for everything from making the products from raw milk to marketing and sales.
Take a tour and see for yourself this state of the art dairy plant. Taste the products made there and experience what these students are learning.
You can schedule your tour here.
Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Lynchburg
What would a trip to Tennessee by like without going to see where Jack Daniel’s is made?
They offer the following tours:
The Dry County Tour is a tour of the distillery and the whiskey-making process without tasting any of the products. It’s a little over an hour long and costs $15 for adults and $7 for children 10-17. These tours are given Daily including Sundays from 9:00 to 4:30.
The Flight of Jack Distillery Tour is the same as the above however at the end you go to the Barrell House where you get a flight of 5 different kinds of whiskey to taste. This tour is $25 and is 1.5 hours long.
The Angel’s Share Tour is the same as the Flight tour except you will be given the whiskey from the single barrel collection. This tour is $30 and is also 1.5 hours.
Note: With the Flight of JackTou r and the Angel Tour you can be 18 years old to take the tour but must be 21+ to drink the Whiskey.
Collins Street Bakery, Corsciana
For over 100 years Collins Street Bakery has been home to its famous Deluxe TM Fruitcake. Factory tours are given seasonally by appointment in their Downtown Corsicana location.
See how its fruitcake is made and delivered throughout the world.
Sweet Candy, Salt Lake City
Known for its salt water taffy, chocolate covered jelly sticks and fruit sours, this family-owned business has been making candy for over 100 years.
You can take a free guided tour of their factory Monday to Thursdays from 9 am to 4 pm and Friday from 9 am to 11 am. The tour included free factory samples and all tours are by appointment only.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Waterbury
Take a 30 minute guided tour to one of America’s favorite ice cream factories, Ben & Jerry’s.
Hear about the company’s history as well as see how the ice cream is made. And as expected, get a free sample of ice cream.
Tours are given daily, times vary depending on the season but run consistently throughout the day, the last tour beginning an hour before closing.
Tours are $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and 12 and under are free.
Note: You can’t make a reservation for the tours and during peak season they can get busy having to wait up to 2 hours, however, you can purchase tickets for that day and come back at a later time.
Route 11 Potato Chips, Mount Jackson
Take a tour and see the entire process of how potato chips are made through big windows looking down into the factory (except for the peeling of the potatoes).
Tours are free and available Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. After you can get samples of many kinds of potato chips to try.
Theo Chocolate, Fremont
Take an hour tour learning all about the process of making Theo Cholcate from the cocoa beans to the making of the bars. This is an inside view of the actual factory where the chocolate is made. You get to try a wide variety of samples along the way.
Tours cost $12 per person and are given Monday through Saturday however there is no production on Saturdays. Reservations in advance are highly recommended by calling 206-632-5100.
Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine, Gilbert
Located in the West Virginia mountains is the Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine Distillery. Stop by and see how their moonshine is made with all-natural ingredients from white corn (grown in West Virginia). It’s made in small batches and its strong at 90 proof!
Twig’s Beverage, Shawano
Start with a movie on the history of the company and learn all about their beverages. See how all their products are made with real sugar the old fashion way and bottled in glass containers.
After the tour take a break at the soda tasting bar and sample Twig’s products. Schedule your free guided tour by calling 715-526-5031 a week ahead.
Jackson Hole Still Works, Jackson
Take a tour and learn about the entire process of how they make their vodka and gin production. All ingredients are grown in Wyoming including the best tasting water from the Tetons.
Tours are given during regular hours daily from 10 am to 6 pm. They are given every day but call ahead to arrange your time at 307-699-8998.
There are so many made in America products and I hope you enjoyed the reading about them. So on your next road trip take a break and stop to see some fun food factory tours along the way!
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