Did you ever want to know how chocolate candy is made, or how a farm works, or what it takes to make golf clubs? There are places around town where you or your group can take a behind-the-scenes tour of a company or manufacturing plant or an historical site. Some of them are even free! (They appear here in no particular order.)
One more thing, in case you are wondering. The answer is yes, I have personally taken each one of these tours. I love what I do!
All images © Judy Hedding unless otherwise specified.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies play Spring Training baseball at this beautiful facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. For a small fee you can take a behind-the-scenes tour and see how staff and players use the stadium so that we can enjoy the games on the field. Don't expect to see any ballplayers on this tour; it's all about the stadium.
© Judy Hedding
William Wrigley, Jr. made his fortune selling chewing gum during the Great Depression. He purchased The Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix and built a "little" vacation home for his wife, Ada nearby. The Wrigley Mansion offers guided tours of this unusual and historic property. There is a charge for the tour.
Shamrock Farms is a large, high tech dairy farm south of Phoenix. It's a bit of a drive, but it makes a nice day trip. There is a charge for the tour. Reservations required. Stanfield.
Cerreta Candy Company offers a free tour of their facility and explains how they make their chocolates and candies. Reservations for individuals/families not required. Glendale.
Phoenix is the location of the headquarters of PING Golf, otherwise known as Karsten Manufacturing. This tour is primarily for older children and adults who love golf. Reservations required. There is no charge for the tour. West Phoenix.
Tours are offered during business hours in olive-pressing season. There is a charge for the tour. Reservations for individuals/families not required. Queen Creek.
Seems like all our castles really aren't castles at all! This one, sitting high on a hill and looking like a wedding cake, was supposed to be a hotel originally, but then became a private residence. The history behind Tovrea Castle is quite interesting, and who enjoy learning about the Phoenix from earlier in the 1900s will appreciate this guided tour.
You can take a free guided trolley tour of downtown Scottsdale, Arizona. The Scottsdale Trolley Tour introduces you to downtown Scottsdale districts, history and trivia.
The University of Phoenix Stadium is located in Glendale, Arizona. It is the home of the Arizona Cardinals football team. All year long, when there's no game going on, the stadium offers public tours of the facility. There is a charge for the tour, and tickets are required.