Everyone wants to know where their favorite stuff comes from and how it’s made. That’s why factory and museum tours are so much fun! These are our picks for the 5 best factory and museum tours for students in some great student destinations.
World of Coca Cola in Atlanta, GA
If your group is going to Atlanta, be sure to stop at the World of Coca Cola. It’s a fantastic tour for students with 125 years of stuff to check out! Students can start in the lobby with an ice-cold Coke before checking out the Loft, an area packed with Coca Cola’s rich heritage. The Bottle Works is a super cool replica of a bottling facility that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. It uses some of the same equipment the plants use but runs more slowly to allow students to see how it’s done.
Everyone loves a hidden treasure, and the Vault of the Secret Formula doesn’t disappoint. Students can pass through interactive, multimedia exhibits while learning about the history of Coca Cola’s top-secret formula. Kids can become effervescent bubbles, protectors of the secret and creators of a flavor that they can taste.
Of course, the best part of the museum is Taste It! Guests can sample more than 100 different beverages from around the world (arranged geographically- you’re welcome, teachers!)
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, KY
If your student group is heading to Louisville, you have to “swing” by the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. The world’s biggest baseball bat (120 feet and 68,000 pounds of steel) greets you as you enter. The museum exhibits celebrate the role the of the Louisville Slugger in baseball throughout the years.
The Hold A Piece of History exhibit is pretty awesome. You can actually hold a bat used by Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter and other greats throughout the years!
The factory tour is a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll be right in the middle of the production line where you can see, smell and hear these iconic bats being manufactured. You’ll even get a free souvenir mini bat at the end of the tour. It’s a swing and a hit!
Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY
I know what you’re thinking. Glass + student groups = DISASTER! Time to rethink because this is a really cool experience for kids. The Corning Museum of Glass is an ultramodern facility with a designated education department for student groups. You can learn about the history, science and art of glass, as well as its daily applications. There are tour options for all ages, each with a S.T.E.A.M. focus. Demonstrations, exhibits, glass making and more make this a great stop on any New York itinerary!
Turkey Hill Experience in Lancaster, PA
I scream, you scream… the Turkey Hill Experience in Lancaster, PA will make everyone scream for ice cream! This bright, spacious facility in the middle of Amish country is tons of fun. Students can learn how ice cream is made, milk mechanical cows or sit in an old-fashioned milk truck. The Turkey Hill Taste Lab allows them to virtually create their own ice cream flavor and then EAT IT!!
Tea Discovery will let them learn about and taste teas from around the world. Turkey Hill Experience offers discounts for groups and educational supplements for the classroom as well.
Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, PA
Just a short drive from Lancaster is Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. Anything with the words “chocolate world” in the title is already a win. Now factor in free admission, a free tour and free candy at the end of said tour and it’s like winning a championship!
Hershey’s Chocolate World is a fun look at Hershey’s chocolate making process from bean to bar. See, hear, feel and smell as you ride through the chocolate making tour in comfort. Cows will sing, and kids will love it!
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