Indiana has more than just corn and farmland. We have big cities, wonderful restaurants, plenty of culture, AND a variety of interesting industries. If you enjoy factory tours as much as we do, plan a visit to each of these 7 Factory Tours in Indiana – you’ll entertain yourself for weeks to come!
The Best Factory Tours in Northern Indiana
DeBrand Fine Chocolates
Love chocolate? I’ve been on a lot of chocolate factory tours through the years, and the DeBrand tour in Fort Wayne, Indiana is one of the best!
Not only do you get front-row viewing of how the chocolates are created, packaged, and shipped, but you also get a generous number of delicious samples.
This tour does cost $$, but you get a coupon for that amount back off a purchase. And the chocolate cafe has some delicious options. My personal favorite is the hot chocolate. It’s a creamy, dark chocolate, incredibly decadent treat.
Be sure to check the website to see when tours are offered – they tend to be on a few days each week. No reservations are required, but I’d arrive early to make sure you can join.
Fort Wayne is a wonderful city to visit. With a world-class zoo, interesting museums, and fantastic food, it’s a terrific addition to your weekend getaway plans.
Annie Oakley Perfumery
Have you ever toured a perfumery? At the Annie Oakley Perfumery, you can do just that! Tours are during the week but call ahead to make sure they are happening.
After the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to create your own personal blend – which sounds very fun to me!
The Perfumery isn’t open on the weekends, so plan accordingly!
South Bend Chocolate
More chocolate? Yep, South Bend Chocolate is located in South Bend, Indiana, and makes a fun stop on your way north to Michigan.
Tours are conducted Monday – Friday as well as Saturday morning. In addition to the factory tour, you can also visit the chocolate museum. They also share a bit about the history of chocolate – fun!
South Bend Chocolate has several locations throughout Indiana as well as Ohio. So, even if you can’t get to South Bend, you can still enjoy tasty chocolate!
The Best Factory Tours in Central Indiana
Sun King Factory Tour
If you are a fan of craft beer, a tour of Sun King is a must-do. As one of the original craft beers created, Sun King has grown to include multiple restaurants, breweries, and beverages shipped throughout the country.
The factory tour must be booked ahead of time, and there are two options. Both charge a fee, but you’ll get to enjoy samplings of some of the delicious beers. You have to be 21+ and you must wear closed-toed shoes.
After the tour, go check out one of the Sun King taprooms in the city. We’ve visited the Carmel location, the airport restaurant, and the location in Fishers, and all of them are excellent!
👉 Even if you can’t get to Sun King, you can pick up most of their beers at Total Wines– my favorite spot to get a fun variety of beer, and wine.
Check the website if you want to book a tour – this would be a fun one for a group of beer-loving adults!
Kokomo Opalescent (KOG)
The Kokomo Opalescent factory tour was one of the most interesting tours I’ve ever participated in! Kokomo Opalescent makes beautiful art glass, and the tour takes you through the entire process.
You’ll also get to see some of the amazing finished products and sheets of glass.
The tour is quite a bit of walking, sometimes on uneven floors, and it can be very hot near where the ovens are, so keep that in mind.
We visited during our day trip a few years ago to Kokomo – enjoy this tour and then all the other fun things we discovered!
The Best Factory Tours in Southern Indiana
Hunter’s Honey Farm
Maybe this isn’t quite a factory tour, but it’s such an interesting behind-the-scenes tour of how honey is made that I had to include it!
We visited this farm back on our day trip to Morgan County and it was the highlight of the day.
Be sure to call ahead to book your tour so can be assured there will be room!
Oliver Winery offers amazing tours that walk you through the wine-making process, let you have a peek at how their wines are produced and introduce you to a variety of delicious wines.
The tours run Friday – Sunday only and must be reserved in advance. No more than 12 people are on each tour so you’ll get a very personalized experience.
The Oliver Winery grounds are gorgeous and just visiting the winery itself makes for a lovely experience. Add in the tour and you’ve got a perfect afternoon!
Other Indiana Factory Tour Ideas
In addition to the tours mentioned above, Elkhart has a number of RV factory tours which could be a lot of fun – check out the differences between the companies and learn how RVs are made.
Another fun idea would be to look into the many breweries, wineries, and distilleries around the state to see if any of them offer behind-the-scenes tours. We’ve found that sometimes just sitting at the bar and talking to the bartender has helped us find interesting and unique experiences!
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