There are a number of informative, fun tours worth checking out in Arizona. Each offers a unique, inside look, at the process behind the products they manufacture. Many of these factories offer both individual and group tours. Tours can be scheduled at the following 7 factories, each of which are worth a try.
1. Desert Diamond Distillery
Desert Diamond Distillery is a craft distillery located in Kingman, AZ, which is about 3 hours northwest of Phoenix. During tours, guests can learn how the pros whip up their favorite cocktails. Desert Diamond Distillery is primarily known for their unique vodka and rum blends. Basic tours start at $5.
2. Queen Creek Olive Mill
Learn the mechanics behind the process of making oil from olives, during a tour at Queen Creek Olive Mill. Guides are prepared to go into depth as they simplify the process, and tastings are also offered. $7 tours are offered to individuals above the age of 12.
3. Cerreta Candy Company
Cerreta Candy Company is one of Arizona’s most distinguished candy companies, and now, tours are offered. Basic tours are free, and give guests the chance to see how the family-operated factory makes its world famous chocolate.
4. Stuffington Bear Factory
These 20 minute tours are great for kids, showing them how some of their favorite stuffed animals are manufactured. Tours are held right where the action takes place, on the manufacturing floor.
5. Joy Cone
Head out to Flagstaff Arizona, to schedule a tour that essentially serves as a fun explainer behind the making of Joy Cone’s cherished ice cream cones. Tours start early fall and last until February, 2018.
6. Zak’s Chocolate
Out in Scottsdale Arizona, Zak’s Chocolate is demonstrating the process behind the creation of their chocolate. There’s also the opportunity to try a few chocolates in the meantime!
7. Steward Observatory Mirror Lab
The Steward Observatory Mirror Lab is a research facility, located right on the University of Arizona campus. Here, the public can discover the complexity of the engineering behind 27 foot telescopes.