A fun activity to do with your family on vacations and during the summer months are fun factory tours. No matter where you are traveling, there is a factory that produces something that you probably use in your home.

Before you plan on making a fun factory tour a part of your site seeing plan, make sure the factory is open when you are in town. You do not want to be disappointed and wind up with nothing to do that day!

Some family friendly factory tours are:

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Herr's Foods
Route 272 & Herr Drive, Nottingham, PA

This tour is free.

At the Herr's Visitor Center you'll enjoy a free, fun-filled morning or afternoon of educational tidbits, technological wizardry, and tasty treats. Learn how potato chips, pretzels, cheese curls and tortilla chips are made. A delicious way to spend time with your family!

Heshey's Chocolate World

Hershey's Chocolate World

Hershey, PA
(717) 534-4900

The tour is free.

Visitors entering Hershey's Chocolate World follow begin in a tropical jungle and then cocoa bean's journey from harvest to their trip to America. Then guests climb aboard a tour car and learn how Hershey transforms the cocoa bean into many delicious treats! At the end of this fun factory tour, each guest is given a sample of a Hershey's Chocolate treat.

Herschell Carousel Factory Museum

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
(716) 693-1885

The tour is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Discounts are offered for tour leaders with groups of ten or more, Scout leaders, and teachers. Tour length varies-it is abbreviated 15-20 minutes for young children.

Who doesn't love riding a carousel? The tour includes a history of the carousel, a viewing of a private carousel collection, and is topped off with a carousel ride.

Sally Corporation

Sally Corporation
745 West Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

This tour is free.

Sally is one of the oldest and largest designers and fabricators of animatronic entertainment in the world. This fun factory tour of how robots are made is available for children ages five and up.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
Route 100, Waterbury, VT
(866) BJ-TOURS

The cost is Adults-$3.00, Seniors $2.00 Children under 12-Free

On Ben & Jerry's to for you family, you will learn about the ice cream process and how the Company's 3-part mission statement is incorporated into day-to-day business decisions. It starts with a short seven minute movie and ends with a trip to the FlavoRoom for sampling!

Vermont Teddy Bear

Vermont Teddy Bear
6655 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482
1-802-985-3001, ext. 1800

The cost is Adults-$2.00 Children under 12-Free

This tour is a half hour long, and on it you will learn the history of the teddy bear, how the Vermont Teddy Bear company came to be, and see how a teddy bear is made.

Sugarbush Farm

Sugarbush Farm
591 Sugarbush Farm Road, Woodstock, VT 05091
800 281 1757

This tour is free.

This isn't a factory, per se, but it is a visit through the woods on how maple syrup is collected and made. After being outdoors, stop by the sampling room for some sweet tastes!

Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen

Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen
8651 Main Street, Helen, GA 30545
800 524-3008

The tour is free.

In 1973, David and Janet Jones, a young couple who knew nothing about candy making, decided to give it a try.

Now their two grown daughters run the family business, which makes peanut brittle, divinity, fudge, pralines, and a wide variety of chocolate novelties. During this excursion, you will see many different kinds of candy made right before your eyes.

Jelly Belly Center

Jelly Belly Center (WI) 

10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
(866) 868-7522

The tour is free.

On this 30 minute excursion, you will hop aboard the Jelly Belly Express and stop at a variety of stations and see how Jelly Belly, as well as other candies, are made. Of course, there is sampling at the end of the tour!

These are just a few of the fun factory tours you can take with your family.