When it comes to snack food factories, Pennsylvania is unbeatable. There are over 20 snack food factory tours available in the state.
According to FactoryToursUSA there are 46 factory tours in Pennsylvania – including non-food factories like Crayola, Harley Davidson and Martin Guitar Company.
Take a road trip with Travelmath to 5 family-friendly snack food factory tours in Pennsylvania (all within two hours drive):
Three snack food factories in the town of Hanover
The town of Hanover in York County is 122 miles west of Philadelphia and only 81 miles from Washington D.C. York County is known as the Factory Tour Capital of the world.
You can easily combine a trip to Washington D.C. with Hanover PA. It takes less than two hours to drive between both cities.
Hanover has three of the biggest pretzel factories in America. Namely, Snyder’s of Hanover, Utz Snacks and Revonah Pretzels.
Snyder’s of Hanover
The factory offers free tours including the history, visiting raw material warehouse, seeing finished products where robotics are at work, packaging room and oven room. Visitors are treated to a free bag of pretzels.
The tour is 30 minutes long and is not suitable for children under 5 and those who have limited climbing ability (you need to climb a few stairs). No photography is allowed in the facility.
Check out Snyder’s of Hanover
Utz’s founders William and Salie Utz began making Hanover Home Brand Potato Chips in 1921. They began selling fresh chips to small local grocers and markets in the Baltimore MD area. By the 1990s under the leadership of Mike Rice the company expanded nationally.
Self-guided tours are available at Utz factory where you can watch the process of making potato chips from start to finish including the packaging and shipping processes. Tours usually last for about half an hour. After the tour, visitors are given a free bag of potato chips.
Tours are available from Monday to Thursday from 8 am through 4 pm.
Check out Utz Snacks
Revonah tours are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between the hours of 8 am and 1 pm. Tours are usually 20 minutes long and are free.
If you like gourmet pretzels, Revonah is the place to visit. The company has been baking flavored pretzels since 1935. You will not see robots here because all pretzels are handmade. You get to see workers mixing, twisting (the dough), dipping and baking.
Hershey Chocolate World
In another part of York County in the town of Hershey is the world famous Hershey Chocolate World. This is an amusement park that combines Hershey Chocolate World Attraction with free Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour ride and free Hershey’s sample chocolates.
Kids and adults can create their own candy bar, join chocolate experts for a guided interactive discussion and see one-of-a-kind Hershey’s Great Chocolate Factory Mystery in 4D show.
Admission is not free but there are plenty of chocolate samples in Hershey Chocolate World. Hershey is one hour 8 minutes north of Hanover.
Check out Hershey Chocolate World
All pretzels are handmade the old-fashioned way. Intercourse Pretzel Factory offers free 10-15 minute tour where they explain how they make hard pretzels and you can get your hands sticky too. Each visitor will be given a piece of dough and learn to twist a pretzel.
According to the factory, there are only six factories in the country that twist pretzels by hand.
Check out Intercourse Pretzel Factory
Lancaster County PA is in the heart of Amish country in Pennsylvania. It offers picturesque views of the country with large fields, village stands, Amish homes and silos, villages and Amish buggies.
The best ways to see the area is to take an Amish buggy ride through villages, experience the simple lifestyle and savor homemade desserts, sodas and jams.
If you are flying in Philadelphia, Intercourse is only one hour 14 minutes drive away from the hustle and bustle.
Need ideas for a road trip? Look no further. Take the family-friendly snack food factory tours in Pennsylvania. You may want to combine it with a tour of Washington D.C.