Motorcycles aren’t the only product being made north of the border. South-central Pennsylvania is home to several factories and farms that welcome visitors for kid-friendly tours.
The chocolate-maker was founded in 1921 and is one of the oldest candy companies in the United States. Tours of the factory show visitors the production process and allow them to sample the sweets.
Hours: 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Reservations must be made by phone. Admission: Free Address: 50 E. Fourth Ave., York Phone: 717-843-5536
Self-guided tours are allowed of the farm, which produces milk and ice cream. Visitors can witness cows being milked, calves being fed and milk being bottled. Reservations and a small fee are required for groups of 10 or more.
Hours: 7 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Milk bottling takes place 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Milking is done from 3 to 3:30 p.m. daily, followed by calf feedings at 4 p.m. Admission: Free for groups of nine or fewer Address: 90 Indian Rock Dam Road, York Phone: 717-741-3485
York Barbell Hall of Fame Museum
Tours aren’t available at the York Barbell factory, but the company offers a free museum next door that explains the history of power lifting and includes a weight-lifting hall of fame. The museum gift store sells York Barbell products.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday Admission: Free Address: 3300 Board Road, York Phone: 717-767-6481
Snyder’s of Hanover
This pretzel and snack-food manufacturer, which was founded in 1909, offers a guided, hourlong walking tour of the warehouses, production line, oven room and packing room.
Hours: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Visitors must call at least 24 hours in advance to make tour reservations. Admission: Free Address: 1350 York St., Hanover Phone: 1-800-233-7125, ext. 28592
Utz Quality Food Inc.
Visitors can watch Utz employees making potato chips from an observation gallery above the production floor. The chip-maker was founded in 1921 but boasts a modern 600,000-square-foot facility.
Tours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The daily production schedule is subject to change, and Utz recommends calling ahead to find a good time to visit. Address: 900 High St., Hanover Phone: 717-637-6644