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Best Factory Tours In Minnesota

May 3, 2011 11:41 AM

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If you’re the curious type who loves discovering how things are made, you’ll enjoy touring several of Minnesota’s factories. From paper to airplanes, get a first-hand look behind the scenes at how such items are produced from start to finish. Don’t forget to call before going. Times and days may change seasonally and not all locations are open year-round.
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Polaris Manufacturing Facility

Suite #2
205 5th Ave. SW
Roseau, Minnesota 56751

Snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles are a part of Minnesota culture. Every day, Monday through Friday, at 2:00 p.m. visitors are invited to see the Polaris Manufacturing Facility in action. Afterward, guests can head to the nearby 5,600-square-foot Polaris Experience Center for a self-guided tour of the memorabilia and to learn about the company’s fifty-year history.

Cirrus Design Corporation

Cirrus Aircraft Corporation – Customer Center
4514 Taylor Circle
Duluth, MN 55811

You don’t have to be an aviation enthusiast to enjoy a peak at the Cirrus plant where the SR-20 and SR-22 single-engine, piston-powered aircraft are designed and manufactured. Company tours are available on Wednesdays and are limited to 10 guests.

Red Wing Stoneware Co.

4909 Moundview Drive
Red Wing, MN 55066

A short factory tour of Red Wine Stoneware Company reveals how this beautiful stoneware is created. Each $3 admission grants visitors a $5 coupon for use in the on-site factory store. Tours run weekdays at 10:30 a.m., 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. year round.

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Boise Cascade Mill Tours

400 2nd Street
International Falls, MN

One of the largest and fastest paper making machines in the world is Boise Paper Solutions in International Falls. Tours run June through August, Monday through Friday. Leave the little ones at home for this one. Visitors must be 10 or older and plan to leave your cameras in the car since no photos are allowed.

Kendall Candles

3506 Kendall Circle
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472

Learn all about the candle-making process at Kendall Candles where 500 different candle sizes and shapes are created with 70 different fragrances. Tours last about 15 minutes.

Minne-Soy-Ta Nice

120 E Main St
Glenville, MN 56036

If you’re a hands-on kind of person, you won’t want to miss a tour of this candle and soap-making business. After the factory tour, attendees can pay a minimal fee to make their own bar of soap and candle.

Abdallah Chocolates & Gifts

3501 W County Rd 42
Burnsville, MN 55306-3805

This sweet-treat tour doesn’t reveal the actual candy making process, but visitors can watch through a viewing window to see Abdallah Chocolates being hand-molded and hand-dipped.

– Beth Blair has turned a decade of travel industry experience into an action-packed travel writing career. She writes for various print and online publications and is co-founder of and Learn more about her at and find her on Twitter: @BethBlair.

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