Detroit June 16, 2017
8 Fantastic Factory Tours You Can Only Take Near Detroit
From potato chips to car parts, the Detroit area is responsible for some of the world’s most wonderful products. Few things are more fascinating than getting a behind-the-scenes look at how such products are created, and there are plenty of opportunities to do just that here in Motor City and its surrounding areas. Check out these eight awesome factory tours when you’re looking for a fun excursion.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Ford Rouge Factory Tour (20900 Oakwood, Dearborn)
Visit the Henry Ford and embark on a self-guided tour through this incredible factory, which offers a firsthand look at the production of — you guessed it — Ford automobiles. With a particular emphasis on the Ford F-150 truck, the Ford Rouge experience is second to none. Click
to learn more.
2. Pewabic Pottery (10125 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit)
This fascinating pottery workshop and store in Detroit produces some of the most beautiful and artistic creations imaginable. From vases to plates to specialty tiles, there’s sure to be something here that strikes your fancy. Check out the Pewabic manufacturing area or sign up for a class or two while you’re on site — you’ll be totally charmed! Click
for further information.
3. Sanders & Morley Candy Makers (23770 Hall Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton)
This sweet factory is currently under renovation, but tours are expected to resume shortly. When you visit, you’ll watch videos about candy production, check out the process firsthand, enjoy a few chocolate samples, and indulge in a few of your favorite treats. Want to learn more? Click
4. Plymouth Orchards & Cider Mill (10685 Warren Rd, Plymouth)
You’ll have to wait until the fall to visit this incredibly spot, but trust us when we say that your experience will be well worth the wait! When you arrive at the orchards, you’ll get a firsthand look at the production of delicious cider and donuts. The best part? Tasting them for yourself, of course! Click
to learn more about Plymouth Orchards.
5. Jiffy Mix Company (201 West North Street, Chelsea)
If you’ve ever enjoyed a Jiffy corn muffin, you can thank this incredible plant in Chelsea! When you embark on a factory tour here, you’ll observe the unique process that goes into creating America’s most beloved corn muffin mix. Talk about a one-of-a-kind experience. For more information about taking a tour, click
6. The Parade Company (9500 Mt Elliott St, Detroit)
Nothing says "Detroit Thanksgiving" more than America’s Thanksgiving Parade, and you’ll get a unique opportunity to watch the production of the parade’s fascinating floats and other cool creations when you enjoy a tour at the Parade Company. Watch artists at work and marvel at the process it requires to prepare for the holiday festivities. Click
if you’re interested in learning more.
7. Ford Piquette Avenue Plant (461 Piquette St, Detroit)
While this plant is no longer in operation, it still offers a fascinating look at the earliest production of the iconic Model T. The plant operates between April and November each year, and you’ll be completely enthralled with the historic intrigue of this factory-turned-museum. To book a tour, click
8. Heritage Guitars (225 Parsons St, Kalamazoo)
This spot is a two-hour drive from Detroit, but we promise it’s well worth the journey! If you have a full day to spare, make the jaunt to Kalamazoo and see how these gorgeous handcrafted guitars are made. If you're a music lover, you’ll be completely fascinated to watch the process — and you might even want to buy a guitar to take home! Find out more by clicking
Did we leave any of your favorite Detroit-area factory tours off our list? We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. Happy exploring!