Fun Factory Tours around the USA
Want to take your vacation from ordinary to extraordinary? Tour a local factory for a one-of-a-kind experience. Many factories offer exciting and enlightening tours that can make great additions to your travel itinerary. You forget how many things are manufactured right here in America. From bourbon to baseball bats, we are still producing all kinds of goods in factories throughout the country. You will be amazed at what goes into making some of your favorite products. Musicians and music lovers will enjoy visiting the Martin Guitar factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. A short drive from Bethlehem, the Martin Guitars offers free tours, Monday through Friday, that are sure to please music enthusiasts of all ages. These fun and informative tours offer a unique opportunity to see the craftsmanship and dedication that goes into making each Martin Guitar. After the tour, visit the museum for some examples of the Legendary Martin Guitars. Don't forget about the “Pickin’ Parlor,” there you can actually play some of sample Martin Guitars. If you are in the market for a guitar of your own, buy one at the factory or order one ahead of time using their Factory Delivery Program. The Factory Delivery Experience comes complete with a personal museum tour, a VIP factory tour, then you are presented with your purchased instrument. Tune into their website at https://www.martinguitar.com/about/visit-us/ for more information. Cherry Garcia! Phish Food! Chunky Monkey! What am I talking about? If you’re an ice cream lover, you know I’m talking about some of Ben & Jerry’s famous ice cream flavors. Located in Waterbury, Vermont, the Ben & Jerry’s factory is open to visitors and offers 30 minute guided factory tours seven days a week. Learn the history behind this unique company and see how their delicious ice cream is made. Tours run $3-$4 for adults and are free for kids under 12. Your tour guide will take you through the entire ice cream making process. Watch firsthand how the ice cream is made (a video is shown if there is no production happening on that day). Of course no ice cream factory tour would be complete without a generous sample! If you are still craving more flavors, there is a full-service Scoop Shop, plus a quirky little gift shop for Ben & Jerry’s souvenirs. Before you head out, don’t forget to visit the Flavor Graveyard and pay your respects to the flavors that are no longer with us (the headstones are quite amusing!). Get the scoop on Ben & Jerry’s here: http://www.benjerry.com/about-us/factory-tours. Baseball fans won’t want to miss the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville, Kentucky. Making baseball bats since 1884, the Louisville Slugger factory produces approximately 1.8 million bats every year. On your visit, you can take a guided tour of the factory, where you’ll see up close these bats being made from start to finish. After the tour, you even receive a free miniature bat of your own. They also offer “All-Star Experience” options with private tours that are customized to you. After the tour, explore the Louisville Slugger Museum, which is full of baseball memorabilia like photos, a wall of player signatures, and baseball bats that some of the greatest baseball legends themselves used. Outside of the museum, you can see the world’s largest baseball bat; standing 120 feet tall and weighing 68,000 pounds, the statue is an exact-scale replica of Babe Ruth’s bat. To plan your trip to the Louisville Slugger factory, swing over to https://www.sluggermuseum.com/plan-your-visit. If you are traveling to Seattle, Washington, there are a few factory tours in the area you could check out, but none of them top the Boeing Factory Tour. Located about 25 miles north of Seattle, Boeing’s Everett production facility is the largest building in the world by volume. On tours of this impressive facility, you will see Boeing’s 747, 777, and 787 Dreamliners being assembled and painted before they are sent off to airlines around the world. Tours are 90 minutes long and include admission to the Aerospace Gallery and Strato Deck. All personal items, including cameras and phones, are prohibited on the tour, but they do provide free lockers on site for storage. It may be a good idea to buy your tickets ahead of time because they do sell out quickly. Fly over to https://www.futureofflight.org/ for details. If Earl Grey and Chamomile are more your cup of tea, head over to the Celestial Seasonings tea factory in Boulder, Colorado. A free tour of the factory takes visitors behind the scenes to get a firsthand look at how tea is made. First, you are invited to sample different flavors of tea in the tasting room. Then you are provided with a hairnet to wear (for sanitary reasons) before you begin your guided tour of the factory. The tour takes about 45 minutes and shows you through the whole facility where the tea is manufactured, sorted and packaged. Knowledgeable tour guides will teach you everything you need to know about tea as you take in the delightful aromas of the factory (the mint room is a visitor favorite). Afterwards, grab lunch at the café and visit the Celestial Seasonings Tea Shop, where you can purchase teas, tea pots and more. To brew up your plans to visit Celestial Teas, visit http://www.celestialseasonings.com/visit-us. There are hundreds of factory tours to explore across the country. You can also check out the Jelly Belly Candy Factory in California, one of 3 Harley-Davidson’s manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania, Missouri & Wisconsin, the Cape Cod Potato Chip factory in Massachusetts, or the Jack Daniel Distillery in Tennessee. Next time you are looking for something fun to do, consider taking a local factory tour, where you can learn more about the products being made right here in America.