Arizona July 17, 2017
7 Fantastic Factory Tours You Can Only Take In Arizona
Have you ever wondered how some of your favorite household items are made? You can actually embark on a tour in some factories around Arizona! Each one provides in-depth knowledge about the products, demonstrate how they are made, and some even allow you to enjoy a sample or two. Whether you have a sweet tooth, enjoy a smooth sip of rum, or just love teddy bears, you can enjoy these fun Arizona factory tours.
1. Cerreta Candy Company, Glendale
If you have a sweet tooth, you’re going to love this first factory tour. Cerreta’s Candy Company is a family-owned business dedicated to producing delicious candies and chocolates. The tour here is short and you’ll get a chance to watch candy made with love the old-fashioned way and some new techniques. Standard tours are free and will give you a chance to sample treats!
Address: 5345 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale
2. Desert Diamond Distillery, Kingman
If you’ve ever wondered how your favorite spirit is produced, you will enjoy the tours at this distillery! Located in Kingman, Desert Diamond Distillery produces vodka and several varieties of rum. A mere $5 will allow you to take a behind-the-scenes tour for a walk-through of the entire process. An extra $5 and a reservation will give you a chance to participate in tastings!
Address: 4875 Olympic Way, Kingman
3. Joy Cones, Flagstaff
Ice cream in a cone is the perfect treat for summer and some of them are made right here in Arizona. Joy Cones has a factory in Flagstaff that is open to tours September through February for small parties. Contact the facility ahead of time to schedule a tour and learn how the cones are made.
Address: 2843 West Shamrell Boulevard, Flagstaff
4. Queen Creek Olive Mill, Queen Creek
Ever wonder how oil is made from olives? The process is actually not as crazy as you might think. At this mill, you’ll get a chance to learn about the process of creating olive oil, the history of the mill, and even participate in a tasting. The tour is $7 for people 12 and up.
Address: 25062 South Meridian Road, Queen Creek
5. Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, Tucson
Producers of the largest mirrors in the world, the Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona campus offers tours to the public of its facilities. The 90-minute tour gives you a chance to see how engineering creates the 27-foot-long telescope mirrors to aid in astronomy.
Address: 527 National Championship Drive, Tucson
6. Stuffington Bear Factory, Phoenix
If you’re looking for a way to introduce your kids to the manufacturing process, the Stuffington Bear Factory is a great way to learn how the teddy bear is made. The tour takes place at 1:00pm Monday through Saturday and lasts about 20 minutes (perfect for those short attention spans). You’ll get a chance to see the manufacturing floor and learn about the history of America’s favorite bear.
Address: 1717 East McDowell Road, Phoenix
7. Zak’s Chocolate, Scottsdale
If you’ve ever wondered how in the world smooth, sweet chocolate comes out of a massive bean, then you will enjoy this delectable tour! Learn about the process from start to finish, watch a demonstration, and taste some of the chocolates made right on site.
Address: 6990 East Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale
Want to read about more places with incredible tours? Read our favorite spots in
10 Unforgettable Tours Everyone In Arizona Should Take At Least Once.