When you think of America, you can’t help but think of ‘Made in America’. Our society was built on industry and even today you can experience a little piece of that. Did you know that there are about 564 factory tours in the US, according to Factory Tours USA? Of course that doesn’t include those around the world, including the Guinness Factory in Dublin, Ireland. I’ve been there twice now and I still find it fascinating (I don’t even like beer – I know, blasphemy for an Irish Girl).
York County, PA dubs itself as the Factory Tour Capital of the World. Among those are the amazing Harley-Davidson Plan in York, PA, and the delicious Hershey Factory in Hershey, PA both of which I did visit years ago. There are also woodworking, violin, clock-making and pretzel factories, among others as well.
Today I was in the Gettysburg, PA area and was asking what’s fun to do with kids. Someone suggested the UTZ factory in Hanover PA, about a 25 minute drive.
We took the easy drive down Route 116 and were there in no time. They have a nice video beforehand where we learned all about the history of UTZ. My 3-year old was very interested in the tour. She was able to stand up on little risers to look down at the busy production facility. I was totally amazed at the automation and how quickly it goes from potato to shipping box in one area. You can go at your own pace so if the kids get bored at one point, move a little quicker. She even went back a second time to have a look.
Of course, at the end of the tour you get a complimentary bag of UTZ potato chips. Who doesn’t like potato chips?