Do you remember way back before Google and YouTube, when if we wanted to learn about something we had to either research it in a book or experience it firsthand? These memories are slowly fading away, but thankfully there are still places around Cincinnati where your family can go and learn how things work with a real life experience. Many factory tours are offered in our region and cover everything from candy to garbage, so there’s bound to be one that interests your family! Some of these are perfect for an afternoon outing, while others may require a day or weekend trip, but all of them are ideal for quality family time and making unique memories.
Check out these Fun Factory Tours near Cincinnati:
Do you have a child is incredibly interested in trucks, dirt, the environment, or how things work? You may not think that taking a tour of a garbage dump is appealing, but in fact the landfill tours offered by Rumpke are extremely interesting and entertaining. Tours must be scheduled at least 2 months in advance and children must be Kindergarten age or older. The one-hour tour is free and takes place from a bus and is perfect for groups or you can call and request to be put in with a smaller group.
Just a little over an hour south of Cincinnati is the world’s largest Toyota Manufacturing Facility. Toyota offers free, hour-long tours that are perfect for all ages. You’ll go behind the scenes of the facility on a tram tour around the property and learn quite a bit about the history, present, and future of Toyota vehicles.
For the baseball loving family (and even non – fans!), the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory should be at the top of your list. There are many different attractions to keep your children’s interest and a mini bat is included with the price of the tour.
Do you like Dum-Dums? Take a trolley tour of the factory where they are made, along with many other treats. This affordable destination also has a museum and store to stock up on these famous hard candies.
South Bend, Indiana
If you’re a chocolate lover – and who isn’t? – then you’ll want to plan a little trip to South Bend, Indiana. Located near The University of Notre Dame, The South Bend Chocolate Company is the fastest growing chocolate company in the nation. See up close how their chocolate and candies are made with the 45 – minute “Inside Scoop” tour, or they also have a free 20-minute basic tour option.
We all know children love to make noise, and what better way to do it than with a whistle? Tour a working manufacturing plant and see how a whistle is made from start to finish. Tours are scheduled in advance and are customized to the interests of the patrons; so all ages are welcome and encouraged!
At the Velvet Ice Cream headquarters, your family can enjoy a free tour that includes the history of the company and a look inside their factory from the viewing gallery. During the 30-minute walking tour, you will learn how the company began in 1914 and learn the seven steps it takes to make this sweet dessert.
If you’d like more ideas, the website, www.factorytourusa.com is a great place to begin your planning. And if you have any other local factory tours to add to our list, please let us know about them!
A native Cincinnatian, Andrea has experienced life in all four corners of this city. After growing up on the west side, she headed north to attend Miami University, then moved east to Hyde Park and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her family.
When she’s not playing trains and doing the “hot dog dance” as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers, Andrea is busy writing for Cincinnati (and, ahem, Kentucky!) publications and brainstorming ideas for her next children’s book! With a newfound passion for fitness and overall health, she spends a lot of time at her family gym and loves to play outside.
Andrea worked in education for several years and has a special love for children’s literature. She loves showing her children all our city has to offer and enjoys sharing her finds with other parents. Her favorite spots include the Cincinnati Zoo (although she steers clear of the bird house), her local library and any playground.