Kid-Friendly Factory Tours for Philly Families
Get behind the scenes on everything from chocolate to motorcycles! What better way to enjoy a family-friendly educational experience than with a factory tour? From Philadelphia to the suburbs, as well as places that may constitute a day trip, Pennsylvania is a state that makes all sorts of things, and many companies are thrilled to have kids and grown-ups check out the process. That's where factory tours come in. Have you ever wondered how Herr's makes such cheesy cheese puffs? Did your little engineer (or passionate teen) ever want to see how they make Harley Davidson Motorcycles?
Whether you are just looking for something to do this weekend or take a longer road trip, we have a list for you. Be sure to call or check the websites for the most up-to-date hours and ticket prices. Looking for something in your immediate vicinity? Our Events Calendar always has the latest scoop, and find more ideas for weekend fun with our Weekend Travel Guide.
Ashers Chocolate - Souderton
The only downside of this tour is that you can’t live in this chocolatey world of wonder! Asher's has been in the chocolate game since 1892, and it is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated candy manufacturer in the U.S. This yummy stop offers free, self-guided tours that are open to the public.
Byers Choice Ltd - Chalfont
Kids can play with crayons in more ways than one at Crayola Experience. Photo from Crayola Experience
Crayola Experience - Easton
Cunningham Piano Company - Philadelphia
Harley Davidson Motor Company - York
Herrs Snack Factory Tour - Nottingham
Hershey's Chocolate World - Hershey
Kids get a hands-on lesson in the art of pretzel twisting. Photo from Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery - Lititz
Take a tour of the original pretzel bakery founded by the Sturgis family in 1861. Children can learn the art of pretzel twisting with playdough, learn the history of pretzel making in America, and watch as the bakers make soft pretzels in house. No reservations are needed for groups of less than ten people. The tour costs $2.75 per person ages 4 through 12. For visitors aged 13 and older, tour tickets are $3.75. Admission for children under the age of four is free,
Martin Guitars Factory Tour - Nazareth
The Mill at Anselma - Chester Springs
Moravian Pottery & Tile Works - Doylestown
Turkey Hill Experience - Columbia
Head to this Lancaster County factory and experience life as an ice cream maker. Besides the factory tour, kids will have a blast creating their own virtual ice cream flavor, milking a mechanical cow, starring in a Turkey Hill commercial, and of course, indulging in the free ice cream and iced tea samples. For the entire experience, visitors should plan on spending one to three hours there. Want to make a trip of it? Read our list of 13 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Lancaster.