Across the U.S. many companies allow access to their facilities – not only to market their products but for the public to enjoy learning about how a product is made – from creation to distribution. These tours are always a lot of fun and interesting for elementary school children straight on up to those in the senior population. Although in Florida we have less of a manufacturing base compared to many northern states, there are still plenty of interesting companies willing to share what they do.
The following is a list of various companies here in the Sunshine State open to arranging tours for your group. All of these tours are free.
Call the company and discuss what exactly is available. Be sure to write down the name of your tour contact and when you spoke with that individual.
Days of the week a tour is available? Are certain times of the year unavailable?
Check if there is a cost involved and if so, if there is a group rate.
How can you pay? Credit card, check, cash?
Is there a complimentary tour for the Tour Director and Driver?
Is motorcoach parking available?
How long is the tour?
Are there any special conditions? Clothes you can’t wear, types of shoes you must wear…..
Any special accommodations for the disabled?
Is there a gift shop or a location to buy the product (s) after the tour?
Is there a cafe or restaurant or food sources associated with the tour location? If so, is it (or can it be) included in the tour, or can you buy a meal there on own afterwards?
Is this a venue appropriate for children – what ages?
Any special give-away from the tour?
Be sure to give yourself plenty of lead time from when you book a tour until you arrive on site. Some companies like to plan well into the future.
Call to confirm your tour the day ahead – just to be sure!
Finally: Once you are finished reading over the reconnaissance questions and setting yourself up for a phone call, choose a company to tour. We ask you to find the phone number yourself as tour contact names and numbers often change due to staffing. (Google is your friend!) Agian check back as we will continually add new locations.
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Peterbrook Chocolate, Jacksonville
Sally Corporation, Jacksonville
Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shop, DeLand (north of Orlando and west of Daytona)
Gold Tone Banjo, Titusville (south of Daytona Beach on east coast)
Al’s Family Farms, Vero Beach (south of Melbourne on east coast)
House of Ireland. St. Augustine
Lakeridge Winery, Leesburg (west of Orlando)
San Sebastian Winery, St. Augustine
Russell Stover Chocolates, Wildwood
Maverick Boat Company, Ft. Pierce (south of Melbourne)
Hoffman’s Chocolates, Greenacres (south of Palm Beach)
Davidson of Dundee, Dundee (SR 27 south of I-4)
Florida State Capitol, Tallahassee
Cubico Coffee, Coconut Creek
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