Michigan June 08, 2017
9 Fantastic Factory Tours You Can Only Take In Michigan
Michigan is a state that prides itself on production. From our long history with the auto industry to all sorts of delicious food items, there’s an endless array of products that call the Great Lakes State home. If you’re looking to learn more about some of our best factories and production sites, check out these nine fascinating tours in Michigan.
1. Morley Candy Factory (23770 Hall Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton)
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is the perfect tour for you. Admission is free, and you’ll spend approximately an hour checking out production equipment, sampling chocolate, and watching a video about the fascinating process. The factory is currently undergoing renovations, but tours are expected to resume in the near future. Check their website
to keep updated on further developments!
2. The Parade Company (9500 Mt. Elliott, Studio A, Detroit)
Here in Michigan, watching America’s Thanksgiving Parade is a holiday tradition. Have you ever wondered what goes into producing the parade’s towering floats and other creations? Well, you’re in luck: book a tour with the Parade Company to go behind-the-scenes and learn about the process of preparing art for the annual celebration. From papier-mache heads to over-the-top costumes, there’s no telling what you’ll see. Click
for more information.
3. Jiffy Mix Plant (201 W. North Street, Chelsea)
Did you know that Jiffy Mix, one of the nation’s most well-known corn muffin mixes, is produced right here in Michigan? Venture to Chelsea for a free one-hour tour of the Jiffy Plant, which includes a guided walk-through, video presentations, and a product sample or two. Tours are available on weekdays, and you can learn more about setting up a visit by clicking
4. Veldheer Tulip Gardens (12755 Quincy St, Holland)
Perhaps you’ve visited Tulip Time in Holland, but have you ever wondered how all those wooden shoes are produced? You’re in luck! Check out Veldheer’s for an up-close and personal look at a functional wooden shoe factory. Your self-guided tour will also allow you experience the making of Delftware, a traditional Dutch pottery style. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not have a pair of your very own wooden shoes handcrafted right on site? Click
5. Hoegh Pet Casket Company (311 Delta Avenue, Gladstone)
This might be the strangest tour available in Michigan, but it’s also one of the most fascinating. This unique spot is just what it sounds like: a factory that produces pet caskets for laying your furry friends to rest. Hoegh has been around since 1966, and visitors will have the chance to see the company’s process firsthand. If you’d like to learn more, check out their website
6. Ford Rouge Factory Tour (20900 Oakwood, Dearborn)
Stop by the Henry Ford for a fascinating look at Michigan’s automotive production process. You’ll learn about the past, present, and future of some of Ford’s most iconic products, with a particular emphasis on the Ford F-150 truck. The tour is self-guided, and this firsthand look at our automobile production prowess will make you proud to be a Michigander. For more information about purchasing tickets, click
7. Yates Cider Mill (1990 E Avon Rd, Rochester Hills)
Since 1893, this traditional cider mill has been providing delicious products to satisfied customers throughout the region. If you’ve ever wondered what goes into producing Yates’ delicious cider, you’ll have a chance to see the pressing process for yourself during this exciting tour. Tours are only available during September and October, but it’s never too early to start planning! Click
to find out more.
8. Chocolates By Grimaldi (219 N 7th Street, Grand Haven)
This small but mighty chocolate factory is sure to delight visitors of all ages. During your visit, you’ll even have a chance to check out a genuine vintage enrober, just like the one featured on that iconic episode of I Love Lucy! The best part? You’ll even get to taste a sample or two during your tour — but we promise that you won’t have to pull a Lucy and eat them all. Learn more by checking out the Chocolates By Grimaldi website
9. Jilbert Dairy Farm (200 Meeske Ave, Marquette)
If you’re in the mood for fantastic ice cream and other dairy treats, look no further than Jilbert Dairy. When you visit, you’ll have the chance to check out production processes up-close and personal, so you can rest assured that you’re getting the freshest products imaginable. While it’s not a traditional guided tour, a trip to Jilbert’s is sure to delight. To find out more about this wonderful farm, click
Did we leave any other must-see factory tours off our list? If you have a suggestion, please feel free to leave it in the comment section below. If you’ve checked out any of these awesome spots, we’d love to see your photos and hear about your experiences!