Minnesota June 19, 2017
5 Fantastic Factory Tours You Can Only Take In Minnesota
We in Minnesota are lucky to have many companies headquartered here, and with them, scores of products that call our state home. Many of these companies offer even more. They provide education and entertainment to Minnesotans looking for a unique way to spend the day. These five companies have fascinating factory tours do just that. Check them out:
1. Polaris - Roseau
Did you know Polaris has been in Minnesota for more than 50 years? They started in Roseau, just south of the Canadian border, and they've been there ever since. The company also runs the Polaris Experience Center, where guests can learn about the company's history through product a self-guided tour through product displays and videos. After that, you can pop in for a tour of the factory, where you'll see how the famous snowmobiles are made. If you're a snowmobiling enthusiast, this tour is worth the trip.
Click here for more information. Address: 205 5th Avenue Southwest, Roseau.
2. Musicmakers - Stillwater
Musicmakers is a Minnesota company that specializes in a unique hobby: instrument kits. They've been making them for over 30 years. If you've ever wanted to make your own musical instrument, they've got you covered. You can buy kits for many different instruments, or you can purchase a fully assembled instrument as well. Better yet: if you're interested in how they make the instruments, you can pop into the Stillwater location to take a gander at how the kits are designed and built.
Address: 14525 61st Street North, Stillwater.
3. Red Wing Stoneware - Red Wing
Red Wing is an historic company that makes some of Minnesota's most famous products. The company started in Red Wing in 1861, and it continues there to this day. Visit the stoneware factory to learn about the processes that go into making Red Wing stoneware. The tours take about 30 minutes and cost $3 for adults.
Click here for more information. Address: 4909 Moundview Drive, Red Wing.
4. Abdallah Candies - Burnsville
Abdallah Candy is an historic company has been making deliciously decadent candies for over 100 years, and it's now ready to show off the process. The Abdallah Factory Store in Burnsville has a large viewing window to allow guests to see the chocolates being made on the factory floor. You'll get an inside look at the candy-making process. It's not exactly a tour, but it sure is a fascinating way to learn about one of Minnesota's most delicious treats.
Address: 3501 County Road 42 West, Burnsville.
5. Blue Sun Soda Shop - Spring Lake Park
Blue Sun Soda Shop is a delightful, bright spot to spend a few hours. You can brows the gourmet sodas and candies for sale, but the most fascinating experience may be the tour. The facility bottles Whistler Soda and North Star Craft Soda using a vintage 1952 machine. You'll learn about the process, get a glimpse of a cool machine in action, and even take home a bottle of Whistler Soda.
Click here for more information. Address: 1625 County Highway 10, Spring Lake Park.
Have you ever done any of these tours? Which one was your favorite? If you’re looking to check out other local business, take a look at the
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