Do something out-of-the-ordinary this summer. Head indoors and on one of these 10 fantastic factory tours in Pennsylvania that will give you a glimpse into how some of PA’s favorite snacks, baseball bats, and even currency are made. Here are 10 factory tours you’ll definitely want to experience.
1. Herr’s Snack Factory Tour – 20 Herr Drive, Nottingham, PA 19362
Get a glimpse at how some of your favorite Herr's snacks are made when you join the Herr's Snack Factory Tour. The hour tour begins with a video overview of Herr's history before you head into the factory to watch employees hard at work. The Herr's Snack Factory Tour, which requires reservations, runs Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and sometimes on Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
2. Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery – 219 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
Discover the secrets of America's oldest pretzel bakery when you embark on the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery tour. During the 25 minute tour, you'll learn how to twist pretzels and watch as seasoned pretzel makers bake pretzels. Reservations are only required if you are in a party of 10 or more. Admission for the tour is $3.50 for those 13 and older and $2.50 for children between 4 and 12 and students.
3. Snyder’s of Hanover – 1350 York Street, Hanover, PA 17332
Join the free Snyder's of Hanover Bakery Tour to learn how the popular pretzels are made. The 30 minute tour, which requires climbing stairs, will give you insight into the pretzel baking process from the raw warehouse to the packing room. At the end of your tour, you'll be treated to a free bag of pretzels. Reservations, made at least 24 hours in advance of your desired tour, are required. Tours run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.
4. Hershey’s Chocolate World – 101 Chocolate World Way, Hershey, PA 17033
Watch as Hershey's chocolate is made on Hershey's Great American Chocolate Tour. The free half an hour tour will take you on a journey through the chocolate making process, culminating with a free piece of Hershey's famous chocolate. Tours run throughout the day during regular business hours. Hershey's Chocolate World is open Sunday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
5. Martin Guitars – 510 Sycamore Street, Nazareth, PA 18064
Join a guided tour of Martin Guitars to watch the process of hand making a guitar. The free, hour-long tour will give you a glimpse into the 300 steps it takes to make a guitar. Guests are advised to wear close-toed shoes. Tours do not require reservations and are held regularly Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
6. Harley Davidson – 1425 Eden Road, York, PA 17402
Start your tour of the Harley Davidson Factory with a video overview before heading to the factory floor to see the process of building a Harley Davidson. Guests have two options: the free, one hour Classic Factory Tour or the $38 Steel Toe Tour. Admission for the Steel Toe Tour includes the tour, a commemorative pin, a safety vest, a five dollar coupon, and a group photo. The Classic Factory Tour runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Steel Toe Tour is held at 9:30 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday.
7. BWP Bats –80 Womeldorf Lane, Brookville, PA 15825
Learn the secrets behind crafting BWP baseball bats on the company's free factory tour. A tour guides leads the tours, which are held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. Groups of eight or more should make advanced reservations.
8. Utz Potato Chip Factory Tour – 900 High Street, Hanover, PA 17331
Explore the Utz Potato Chip Factory on a self-guided tour, which generally takes between a half an hour and 45 minutes, Enhance your experience by following the "push-to-talk audio program" and by watching employees through closed circuit TVs and from observation galleries. Tours are free. Utz Potato Chip Factory is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday through Thursday.
9. United States Mint – 151 North Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Stroll through the United States Mint in Philadelphia on a free, self-guided tour. Tours usually take around 45 minutes and give visitors the unique opportunity to watch the coining process from an observation gallery. Adults must present valid identification to be admitted. Summer tours are held Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
10. Asher’s Chocolates – 80 Wambold Road, Souderton, PA 18964
Breathe in the scrumptious aroma of chocolate as you walk through Asher's Chocolate Factory on a free, self-guided tour. Guests can go on the self-guided tours when the factory is open. Asher's Chocolate Factory is typically open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. However, management advises you call ahead - 215-721-3276 - to ensure the factory is open on the day you want to visit.