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    Factory tours

    Looking to take my soon to be 12-year old either up the east coast or thru the midwest. Anybody know any good factory tours we could take? And no, Jack Daniels distellery is not an option on this trip!

    I have only done the Hershey's and Kellogg's, that I remember.

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    Looking to take my soon to be 12-year old either up the east coast or thru the midwest. Anybody know any good factory tours we could take? And no, Jack Daniels distellery is not an option on this trip!

    I have only done the Hershey's and Kellogg's, that I remember.
    Breweries are always a fun option, especially the Miller Brewery in Milwaukee.

    Also, if you make it into the Washington DC area, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is open for walk-up tours. Note that from March through September, you do need a time-stamped ticket (they keep the lines under control and allow you to do other things while waiting your turn), they must be picked up starting at 08:00 (M-F) and are usually gone by 09:00. See http://www.moneyfactory.gov for more info.
    Unfortunately, the walk-up public tour at the USMint in Philadelphia is still down.

    Mike

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    Check out this website: Factory Tours USA - 467 tours
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    Don't forget the Intercourse Pretzel Factory in Amish Country.

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    If you were in California- you could go the Jelly Belly factory (cool!) and the teddy bear factory.... make ur own teddy bear- but alas, you're way over yonder..... across the way.

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    I've been on the Ben and Jerry's tour in Waterbury, VT. If I remember right its the no. 1 tourist attraction in VT.

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    There's gotta be somewhere he can see the war machine in motion. Munitions. Electronics. Humvees. Missiles.

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    Quote Originally posted by abrowne
    There's gotta be somewhere he can see the war machine in motion. Munitions. Electronics. Humvees. Missiles.
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    You can watch 'em build a gigantic truck in a green factory by my house.

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    If your son, or yourself, is into cars you should be sure to stop at the BMW factory and Zentrum Museum off of I-85 in Spartanburg, SC.

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    The Louisville Slugger Museum lets you make your own bat, if you buy it of course.

    New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins CO is really cool.
    Gluek Brewing Company in Cold Spring, MN is old school and fun.
    They are brewing companies I know, but they are small and have alot of others things that your kid would be interested in too.

    I think everything except the brewerys are now in Mexico!!
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    Quote Originally posted by abrowne
    There's gotta be somewhere he can see the war machine in motion. Munitions. Electronics. Humvees. Missiles.
    Most of those "tours" - if there indeed are any - are done during "family only" type events. I once toured the GE armaments plant in Burlington VT at such an event.
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    Quote Originally posted by Planner22
    The Louisville Slugger Museum lets you make your own bat, if you buy it of course.
    Umm. I think that might be a very special promotion type of thing. Every time I've been there (it's 4 miles from here and on the must see list of every visitor to my home) and I've never seen where you could actually turn your own bat. Now, it is possible to have your name engraved on a bat. For $$$, of course.

    Still, the movie, museum and factory floor tour is great. And the stadium (Triple AAA/Cincy) is just down the street.
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    General Motors is the first I remember touring.
    Also...
    Absolut Vodka (Stockholm)
    Budweiser (in GA)
    Heineken (Amsterdam)

    Hitachi Computer Products
    Went on lots of industrial tours when I worked for the Chamber of Commerce. Too many to list.

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker
    Umm. I think that might be a very special promotion type of thing. Every time I've been there (it's 4 miles from here and on the must see list of every visitor to my home) and I've never seen where you could actually turn your own bat. Now, it is possible to have your name engraved on a bat. For $$$, of course.
    Guess that very well could be, I was there with my college baseball team and we got to turn our own bats. Our school had a contract with Louisville TPS so that could explain it. I guess I figured it was common practice.

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    And no, Jack Daniels distellery is not an option on this trip!
    Samuel Adams...that's kinda like a history lesson.

    Actually, brewing beer is quite scientific. Plus, when I went to the old Utica Club brewery, they also bottled root beer and had some to sample. There were families on that tour.

    State capitols are fun too...come to Albany and ride the AquaDuck.
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    The Harley Davidson factory tour in Milwaukee ROCKS. You would not believe the celebs on that our on a a weekly basis.

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    Wisconsin has several:

    Miller Brewery
    Harley-Davidson
    Leinenkugel Brewery
    Kohler Company (showroom will make you want to redo your bathroom)
    New Glarus Brewery
    Babcock Dairy (on UW-Madison campus - fresh ice cream!)
    Capitol Brewery

    MIchigan has the Kellogg Cereal Factory in Battle Creek.
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    Yuengling (Americas oldest brewery)
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    I tried to get into the Crayola factory, but the line wrapped around the block, and they closed before we got in.
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    oustide Buffalo, NY is the Fisher-Price headquaters, not sure if there is a factory there, though
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman
    oustide Buffalo, NY is the Fisher-Price headquaters, not sure if there is a factory there, though
    I'm thinking the factory is in Mexico, the town your thinking of is East Aurora, which does have a toy museum but I can't find any info. on a factory.

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    Quote Originally posted by abrowne
    There's gotta be somewhere he can see the war machine in motion. Munitions. Electronics. Humvees. Missiles.
    Yeah, just show up to Camp Pendleton on Family Days and you can go on the Tank Ride, mom and dad can take part in the bayonette drills and the kids will enjoy participating in the .50 cal live fire exercises (cool, dad, tracers!) Oh, and if you stop by to watch the F-18 ground target demonstration, I recommend not getting the front row seats (even if they do require 'E' tickets to get into).
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    If he's into trains at all, you should go to the Steamtown national Historic site in Scranton, PA. Its not a factory, but is a working machine shop for overhauling steam locomotives. Lots of educational exhibits. The mint in Philadelphia is still open for tours, as far as I know. I think the Harley plant in York, PA also does tours. The M&M/Mars Co. factory in Hackettstown, NJ may also offer tours. Lived near there as a toddler and have a vague memory of it. There are also at least 2 "Living History" farms in the greater Philly area, one in Chester County, PA & one in Mercer County NJ, just north of where Washington crossed the Delaware.
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    The National Park Service operates a large museum complex of old mills, dedicated to the Industrial Revolution in Lowell, MA. The Henry Ford Museum in Detroit is also an interesting place. Of course you could always do the Bush Brewery or Sally Corps tours in Jacksonville.

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    Quote Originally posted by boilerplater
    If he's into trains at all, you should go to the Steamtown national Historic site in Scranton, PA. Its not a factory, but is a working machine shop for overhauling steam locomotives. Lots of educational exhibits. The mint in Philadelphia is still open for tours, as far as I know.
    Right now, you need a Congressional sponsership and two weeks' notice to walk along that catwalk inside the USMint in Philadelphia. Three weeks' notice (six(!) in spring/summer) is needed for the tour at the USMint plant in Denver, CO. See http://www.usmint.gov for the gory details.

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