Fun Factory Tours

Want to manufacture some good times in a hurry? These four entertaining factory tours are definitely worth the trip.

The Crayola Factory at Two Rivers Landing

Easton, Pa.
610-515-8000

What to expect:

A two-hour, self-guided tour. You'll see how markers and crayons are made; kids can also draw and play with puppets.

Sought-after souvenir:

Free crayons and markers (dispensed by machines in the plant)

Hours/Admission:

Tues. to Sat. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun. noon to 5 p.m. Call for reservations. Admission: $8.

Lodging:

Inn at Reading,
800-383-9713; $89-$129.

Basic Brown Bear Factory

San Francisco
415-626-0781

What to expect:

Learn how teddy bears got their name, then take in a 30-minute manufacturing tour. The highlight: sewing, stuffing, and dressing your very own bear.

Sought-after souvenir:

The teddy bear you've made; prices range from $12-$150

Hours/Admission:

Drop-in tours are at 1 p.m. Sun. to Fri.; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays. Admission: Free.

Lodging:

Hotel Metropolis,
800-553-1900; $115-$185.

Hershey's Chocolate World

Hershey, Pa.
717-520-8980

What to expect:

A tour that takes you on the cocoa bean's journey from jungle all the way to factory.

Sought-after sovenir:

Free candy samples

Hours/Admission:

Open year-round; call ahead for hours. Admission: Free.

Lodging:

The Hershey Lodge and Convention Center,
717-533-3311; $159-$179.

Jelly Belly Candy Company

Fairfield, Calif.
707-428-2838

What to expect:

A jelly-bean-manufacturing demo; watch other confections being made in the exhibition candy kitchen; take a tour of the art gallery.

Sought-after souvenir:

Free jelly beans

Hours/Admission:

Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Free.

Lodging:

Motel 6, Fairfield, Calif.;
707-425-4565. Call for September rates.

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