10 Cool Factory Tours

Show your grandkids where delicious candy and some of their other favorite things are made.

By Zachary Collinger

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Jelly Belly Factory (pictured above) – Fairfield, California
Find out how jelly beans in 50 different official flavors are made at Jelly Belly — and why it takes up to three weeks to make just one bean. A stop here is full of jelly bean-theme activities, food, and art; Reader's Digest once called this "The Best Factory Tour in America."

Cape Cod Potato Chip FactoryHyannis, Massachusetts
Take a self-guided glimpse into the construction of these kettle-cooked potato chips with a legendary crunch. Find out how the company uses natural ingredients and fresh flavors, combined with a hand-stirred kettle process to achieve that classic taste.

Harley Davidson Factory ToursYork, Pennsylvania & Kansas City, Missouri & Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
The premier American motorcycle company offers free tours in three locations, where you can see assembly lines, showrooms, and more. Tickets are first-come, first-serve, so hog-lovers should show up on the early side.

Celestial Seasonings Factory TourBoulder, Colorado
Find out what's in that tea bag. This company is home to a cornucopia of spices and aromas. Enjoy free samples of any tea you like, then browse the extensive collection of original tea-box artwork in the gallery. Hot tip: Don’t miss the famous mint room.
The Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus GardenHenderson, Nevada
Forrest Mars, the man who brought you the Mars Bar, named this candy factory after his mother, who's said to have been one sweet lady. Watch and learn what goes into the Mars family recipes, stroll around the garden (which contains more than 300 species of cacti), and pick up some treats for the road.

Gibson Guitar Factory TourMemphis, Tennessee
Go behind the scenes to witness the construction of one of the greatest guitars in the world. For more than 100 years, the company's intricate process of binding, neck-fitting, painting, buffing, and tuning has been a gold standard in guitar production.

Hoffman's Chocolate FactoryGreenacres, Florida
See what chocolate looks like from above as you and your grandchildren watch the entire chocolate-making process from large glass windows overlooking the work-floor of this chocolate-maker. Factory hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to 3pm. Gardens are open seasonally.

Morley Candy FactoryClinton Township, Michigan
Pecan Torties, Coconut Clusters, and Mint Meltaways are all deliciously created at Morley's Candy Makers, home of Sander's Candy. It's a movie-set chocolate factory come to life, replete with free samples at journey's end.

Stuffington Bear FactoryPhoenix, Arizona
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of America's favorite plush toys — even build your own! Learn all the history on the bear, from its humble beginnings and its association with Teddy Roosevelt to the real facts about the Black Bear and its role in nature.

Tabasco FactoryAvery Island, Louisiana
On Avery Island, in a swampy southern Louisiana bayou, the McIlhenny people create a signature American sauce. Visit and learn about the history and making of this favorite spicy condiment, and leave with a lagniappe (a parting gift) of recipes, samples, and tastings.


Pack the ‘Kids™ up for a trip to the new BabyLand General® Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia, voted one of the Travel Channel’s Top Ten Toylands. Beautifully situated on 650 acres in the North Georgia Mountains, this Southern Style home filled with Cabbage Patch Kids will capture the imagination of your entire family. ADMISSION IS FREE.
We visited with my Grandchildren a few years ago and it was a fun place to go.

thesuz on 2014-06-26 17:10:31

To the person who said there were only 9....count again....there are 10.

thesuz on 2014-06-26 17:05:29

Tillamook Cheese Factory - Tillamook, OR

dwalser@rocketmail.com on 2014-04-02 12:42:48

What are they charging now to drive over the 3 foot long bridge to get to the Tabasco factory. Many years we went & it was like $.50 to cross. It was a little bridge over a very small dip! My hubby said, maybe it was for an unemployable relative to earn money. It wasn't the cost, just the whole ridiculous nature of it.

donna538 on 2014-04-02 10:58:07