Factory and Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Phoenix Area Businesses Offer Public Tours

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 a historical site. Some of them are even free! (They appear here in no particular order.)

All images © Judy Hedding unless otherwise specified.

  • 01 of 20
    Cerreta Candy Company
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    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.

  • 02 of 20

    Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

    Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    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.

  • 03 of 20
    Mystery Castle
    ••• Mystery Castle. © Judy Hedding
    Mystery Castle is neither a mystery nor is it a castle. It is actually someone's home, and she still lives there. It is unusual and has a colorful history, and so the owner gives tours in the non-summer months. There is a charge for the tour and reservations are required. South Phoenix.
  • 04 of 20
    Wrigley Mansion
    ••• © 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.

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  • 05 of 20
    Shamrock Farms
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    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.

  • 06 of 20
    PING Golf
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    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.

  • 07 of 20
    Penguin Pond, Behind-the-Scenes at OdySea Aquarium
    ••• © Judy Hedding

     If you want to see how the aquarium cares for all the animals on display at the aquarium, this is the tour for you. Learn about the systems that maintain all the tanks as well as the food and medication they use for the sea creatures and more.

  • 08 of 20
    Historic Tovrea Castle, Phoenix, AZ
    ••• EuToch / Getty Images

    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 of Tovrea Castle is quite interesting, and those who enjoy learning about the Phoenix from earlier in the 1900s will appreciate this guided tour.

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  • 09 of 20

    Arizona Brewery Tours

    Matt Trethewey of Beer Research Institute takes the group behind the scenes.
    ••• Matt Trethewey of Beer Research Institute takes the group behind the scenes. © Judy Hedding

    These tours last up to five hours and include a designated driver, tour guide, beer tastings, food and behind-the-scenes information about the craft brew industry in Arizona.

  • 10 of 20
    Queen Creek Olive Mill
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    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.

  • 11 of 20

    Mesa Arts Center

    Mesa Arts Center
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    This behind-the-scenes tour of the largest arts center in Arizona is free. If you interested in the performing or visual arts and public art spaces, you'll appreciate this tour.

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    Scottsdale Trolley
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    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.

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  • 13 of 20
    The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale
    ••• franckreporter / Getty Images

    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.

  • 14 of 20
    Sea Life Arizona
    ••• © Judy Hedding

    Sea Life Arizona is an indoor aquarium located in Tempe, Arizona. You can certainly visit the attraction on your own, but you can also arrange to take a behind-the-scenes guided tour.

  • 15 of 20
    Orpheum Theatre.
    ••• Richard Cummins / Getty Images

    The Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Phoenix is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was completed in 1929. You can take a docent-led tour of this venue, which is still operating today.

  • 16 of 20
    Superstition Farm
    ••• Courtesy of Superstition Farm

    At Superstition Farm you and your children can take a step into the world of dairy farming in the metro Phoenix area before all the family dairy farms make way for residential and commercial development. There is a charge for the tour. Reservations for individuals/families not required. Mesa.

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  • 17 of 20
    Chase Field phoenix
    ••• PictureLake / Getty Images

    The Arizona Diamondbacks play Major League Baseball at this state-of-the-art baseball stadium. There is a charge for the tour. Reservations required. Downtown Phoenix.

  • 18 of 20
    wild horse pass arizona
    ••• Courtesy of Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

    The Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa is the only Native American-owned luxury resort in Arizona and has a staff member who is designated the Cultural Concierge for the resort. The behind-the-scenes tour explains how every aspect of the resort was carefully designed to reflect the heritage and spirit of the area's native people, the Pima and Maricopa tribes.

  • 19 of 20
    Stuffington Bear Factory
    ••• Ms. Phoenix / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    Six days per week the folks at Stuffington Bear Factory allow people to tour the facility for free to see how they make the stuffed animals. Reservations for individuals/families not required. Phoenix.

  • 20 of 20

    Arizona Department of Transportation Traffic Control Center

    Arizona Department of Transportation Traffic Control Center
    ••• Courtesy of Arizona Department of Transportation

    Arizona Department of Transportation ("ADOT") operates a Traffic Operations Center ("TOC") in Phoenix. Reservations are required, but there is no charge for the tour. Phoenix.