5 Fun Factory Tours

Home & Family, Kids, This Week in History
on February 29, 2012

Many people associate factories with smoke, soot and environmental hazards. These fun factory tours will undo a lot of those factory stereotypes.

The U.S. Mint. Ever wonder where your pennies, nickels, dimes and other coins come from? The answer is Denver or Philadelphia. Find out how it’s done with a free tour of the U.S. Mint. The United States Mint website promises a tour that covers “the present state of coin manufacturing as well as the history of the Mint.” School and youth groups are welcome at both locations.

Jelly Belly tour. At Jelly Belly, located between Sacramento and Oakland in Fairfield, Calif., tour guides show you an actual factory that makes actual candy. The Jelly Belly website promises the tour will show you how to make a 150 different treats and explain why it takes more than a week to make a Jelly Belly jelly bean.

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Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. When Little Leaguers think of baseball bats, they think Louisville Sluggers. Find out what makes these bats so special at the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. The 25-minute factory tour features the making of actual bats with all tour-takers receiving a miniature Louisville Slugger to bring home. Admission is $11 for adults and $6 for kids. Allow for approximately 90 minutes to enjoy the tour and the museum afterward.

Coca-Cola World. Those visiting Coca-Cola World in Atlanta or Las Vegas can, according to the company’s website, “experience the fascinating story of the world’s best-known beverage brand in a dynamic, multimedia attraction.” Highlights of the tour include a 4D theater, a 7-foot tall Coca-Cola bear and a fully functioning bottling line. Tickets range from $12 to $16.

The Crayola Factory. Every time your child sits down to color something, he or she will remember the time you spent at the Crayola Factory in Easton, Pa. Your $10 admission, in addition to watching actual crayons being made, includes four crayons and a marker and art projects you create.