I have always been fascinated by how things are made. I watch shows on TV, read books, and Google everything that I can think of. It is so interesting how you can take the finished product and dissect it into it’s parts to see how it began. Last year my in-laws took me and the kids on a some fun factory tours in Utah and we had a blast. I decided to look around and see what else there was locally.
Headed to Utah this summer? Already in Utah but looking for something to do? Utah is so much more than just hiking and rock formations (which are awesome BTW). Check out these free (or very cheap) factory tours in Utah to help fill a summer afternoon with or without the kids.
Fun Factory Tours In Utah
Leon Sweet started the Sweet Candy Company in Portland, Oregon. In 1900 Leon moved the operation from Portland, Oregon to Salt Lake City, Utah. Sweet Candy Company is still a family-owned and operated American company. The third, fourth and fifth generations of the family are actively involved in the daily operations of the business.
Sweet Candy Company offers free tours to the public. They operate BY APPOINTMENT only. The Experience includes a Virtual Tour with your personal Tour Guide, Fresh Factory Samples, and Educational and Interactive Stations.
- Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Utah was the place for chocolatiers and candy making in 1972 the family from their South Dakota cattle ranch to the state where she could both enjoy and compete with those craftsmen who take pride in creating excellent chocolates. Over 40 years and millions of customers later, Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Candies is a chocolate and candy company that is known throughout the country for its remarkable taste, texture and dedication to excellence—qualities which have been unwavering since the very first pecan roll that Mrs. Cavanaugh created.
Factory tours last approximately 45 minutes. The cost is only $1 per person. Please call us at (801) 677-8888 to set up an appointment. This is a great opportunity for both children and adults to learn how chocolates are made. Tour price includes chocolate and ice cream sampling.
- Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
V Chocolates has a long history of creating the finest toffee and chocolates. They began in 2007 with their first factory on the outskirts of Salt Lake City. Now not only have we they the Best in State award for their candy 7 years running, but they’re also fully OU Kosher certified. Belgian chocolate’s sweet secret lays in two major components: the unwavering quality of the ingredients and the timeless, old-world style of manufacturing. Most of all, they love being able to continue sharing their sweet products with customers and clients across the country.
To arrange a tour for your group please call the Salt Lake City factory location- (801) 269-8444.
See the cows get milked and then head into the plant to learn how cheese is made and stored in a “cave.” The fully integrated dairy farm to creamery delivers a true farm-to-table experience. Go taste the cheeses that they have been perfecting on our farm for nearly 100 years. Tours start every half hour and last about 30 minutes. Also by appointment.
- Thursdays: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cox Honey offers many delicious products for you to choose from. Specializing in pure raw honey, gourmet creamed and flavored honeys, honey butters, and honey caramel popcorn. Tour this honey farm at your own pace. See bees come and go from a live observation hive, view a bee nursery, walk through the manufacturing plant and watch a video of the extraction process.
- Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
- Saturday: 10 am – 4:30 pm
High West Distillery was founded in 2006 by David Perkins and his wife, Jane. David, a former biochemist, was inspired to open his own distillery after seeing the parallels between the fermentation and distilling process. Get a behind the scenes look at the 250-gallon copper still and learn how whiskeys are made. Call ahead for tours as space is limited and fill up quickly 435-649-8300.
- Wednesday-Sunday: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm starting every hour on the hour
As you can see there are a lot of factory tours in Utah to choose from. No matter what you’re interested in there is sure to be a tour that calls your name. What tour are you most interested in going on?