From guitars and motorcycles to crayons and pretzel treats, Pennsylvania is a hotspot for manufacturing the world’s favorite products. These factories allow visitors to experience the process first-hand and gain an entirely new appreciation for their beloved products.
Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Vehicle Operations - Dutch Country Roads
The city of York is home to Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations, the largest Harley-Davidson manufacturing facility in the country. Visitors can explore exhibits at the plant that detail the operation’s history and watch a movie for an inside look at Harley’s processes and products. Next, watch employees make parts and assemble different models, as well as custom motorcycles. During the tour guests even get the chance to sit on current production motorcycles.
United States Mint - Philadelphia and its Countryside
At the United States Mint in Philadelphia, visitors literally see money made before their eyes. Learn the story behind United States currency, and get a glimpse of the original coining press used in 1792. Watch the actual production process as coils of copper and nickel are unwound, pressed and turned into the coins America uses every day.
BWP Bats, LLC - Pennsylvania Wilds
Each year BWP Bats constructs around 35,000 completely hand-made baseball bats from northwestern Pennsylvania red oak and maple trees. On the free factory tour, visitors can see how BWP Bats, known as the hardest and most durable wooden bats in the Major League, are produced − from a rough forest log to finely crafted baseball bat.
The Crayola FACTORY® - Lehigh Valley
See firsthand how crayons are made at The Crayola Factory, an interactive discovery center for children and adults. Explore the magic of light and color and experiment with innovative art techniques at this playful museum.
Yuengling Brewery - Upstate PA
Only one brewery can claim fame as being the oldest brewery in the United States, and that brewery is Yuengling. For more than 175 years, this family-owned and operated business has prided itself on its quality production and taste. Visitors get a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing and samples on the free factory tour as well as a glimpse of the cave underneath the factory.
Byers’ Choice Carolers - Philadelphia and the Countryside
The Byers’ Choice factory is the home of the handcrafted Carolers® figurine collectibles. See a team of 180 artisans all designing the caroler figures with their heads raised in song. With a visit to the factory, visitors can stroll down a life-sized London street (often the setting for many of the carolers), watch skilled artisans from the observation deck, and have the opportunity to purchase exclusive carolers available only on site.
Martin Guitar - Lehigh Valley
Martin Guitar has been continuously producing acoustic guitars for more than 175 years. Known as some of the finest instruments in the industry, Martin is the oldest surviving maker of guitars in the world. Visitors follow a guitar from rough lumber to a finished product as they explore the factory floor on free guided tours to learn about the art of guitarmaking.
Daffin’s Candy - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
Daffin's Candies, otherwise known as the “chocolate kingdom,” has been making delectable chocolate treats for nearly 100 years. With an 11,000 square foot store filled with candies and gifts, the company prides itself as having the world’s largest chocolate store. Now fans of Daffin’s can even visit during seasonal production hours for a peek at how the gourmet treats are made. During the tour guests will witness a unique collection of handcrafted chocolate come to life and feel their taste buds swell at the sight (and taste!) of this sweet tour.
Snyder’s of Hanover - Dutch Country Roads
For more than a century Snyder’s has been known as America's Pretzel Bakery and continues the tradition with a variety of snack foods still produced in Hanover today. Free guided tours are offered with advance reservations. On the tour, guides lead visitors through the factory for a glimpse of how tradition, technology and teamwork combine to make great tasting pretzels.
Herr’s Snack Factory Tours - Philadelphia and its Countryside
This tasty tour begins with a brief history of the Herr’s tradition and then continues with an interactive tour of the production process. As visitors tour the plant they learn little-known facts about their favorite snacks, like what makes a perfect potato chip, how pretzels turn brown and even how tortilla chips get their delicious flavor. Don’t forget to save room for a stop at the Herr’s snack bar at the end of the tour.