Vermont June 28, 2017
13 Fantastic Factory Tours You Can Only Take In Vermont
Once you really know how something is made, you tend to have a great appreciation for it. These factory tours in VT offer inside peeks into some of our favorite Vermont products and boy are you going to love them! These are great for visitors, friends, a day trip, rainy days, outings with the kids…. you get the picture. They’re great for everyone!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream - Route 100, Waterbury
Ben & Jerry's factory tour is one of the most famous tours in Vermont. It brought in over 275,000 visitors last year alone! Be sure to make a stop into the
to pay your respects.
2. Maple Landmark - 1297 Exchange Street, Middlebury
You can walk around the work floor and see these eco-friendly toys being made. It's like watching the elfs working away in Santa's workshop!
3. Bennington Potters - 324 County Street, Bennington
Free factory tours at Bennington Potters! They have been making beautiful and functional pottery for almost 70 years! Wow!
4. Cold Hollow Cider Mill - Waterbury Center
Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? Stop by the Cold Hollow Cider Mill where they can enjoy some apple cider donuts and other fresh baked goods, watch a live bee hive, see cider pressed the old fashioned way and more. It's a tasty destination for sure!
5. Cabot Creamery - 2878 Main Street, Cabot
The cheese here is world famous and you can see for yourself how it's made. Oh, and the dozens of free samples are deliciously awesome.
6. Crowley Cheese - Healdville Road, Healdville
See cheese made the same way it was when Crowley Cheese opened in 1882. You won't find any machines here - everything is done by human hands the old fashioned way!
7. Harpoon Brewery - 336 Ruth Carney Drive, Windsor
Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm you can tour the factory and enjoy samples at this in-depth and free tour. If you are there another time you can always check out how the magic happens through the viewing window.
8. Johnson Woolen Mills - 51 Lower Main East, Johnson
Three "Cheers" for Johnson Woolen Mills! Widely known for their quality clothing for over 160 years. You can tour their factory for free Monday through Friday and see how this durable brand is made.
9. Lake Champlain Chocolates - 750 Pine Street, Burlington
See how these famously delicious chocolates are made. Free tours Monday through Friday on the hour from 9am to 2pm.
10. Magic Hat Brewing Company - 5 Bartlett Bay Road, South Burlington
The guided tours are fun, friendly and informative, but most importantly the beer made here is delicious. Get some to go!
11. Rock of Ages - 558 Graniteville Road, Graniteville (in Barre)
You'll have a rocking time at Rock of Ages! Take the narrated shuttle 600 feet down the granite quarry, as well as exhibits, gift shop and even a granite bowling lane.
12. Simon Pearce - 1760 Quechee Main Street, Quechee
You can watch these master craftsmen and craftswomen make some of the finest pottery and blown glass. Stay and eat a fantastic meal at the restaurant while you're there for the full experience.
13. Vermont Teddy Bear - 6655 Shelburne Road, Shelburne
The 30 minute tour of this fun and colorful factory is sure to make you smile. You'll learn about the history, company, process and you can even watch a bear come to life.
Ben & Jerry’s be the most popular tour in Vermont, and you can
learn more about it here.