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New York factories to visit and tour

New York has factories to visit and tour. Below, first are the active, working factories. The next section has historical operations which often have demonstrations or renactments. These incluse both large and small operations, from several person chocolate factories and cheesemakers to large manufacturers making paper towels, wood products, beverage cans and bottles, are open to the public with real tours, exhibitions and fun education.

In some cases, such as a manufacturing process that is no longer in use, the only way to see it and learn about it is a museum or living history center. So, we also provide information about engineering facilities and museums, dinosaur digs, even government facilities, like NASA, astronomy oberservatories and more that are open to the public on certain days and times. And if there is some place that is just plain fun to visit, we add that, too!

These are perfect for homeschooling, for STEM and for fun! Kids love visiting these places! They're learning and getting an education without even realizing it. And most of these are either free or under $10! What's better then fun, entertaining, good for children and families, educational and free?

Here are some of the top factory tours in New York and contact information and tips about visiting them.

Factories, Engineering, Museums and other fun demonstrations and exhibits to visit in New York

  • Brooklyn Navy Yard - tech innovation center
    141 Flushing Avenue Unit 801 Unit 801, Brooklyn, NY.  Open: once a month tours.
    The old shipyard's old machine shop is now a manufacturing innovation startup called New Lab. See the latest in emerging tech such as Ultimaker's industrial 3D printers. Children: $10, $Adult: 20. Veterans get more discounts.
  • Kings County Distillery - distillery
    299 Sands Street, Bldg 121, Brooklyn, NY 11205. Phone: (347) 689-4211. Email:  Open: Distillery Tours & Whiskey Tasting Classes are scheduled weekly.
    Distillery Tour (in 2023, $20/person, about 45 minutes) Find out how Kings County Distillery became the oldest whiskey distillery in New York City since prohibition! Learn about our process from milling, mashing, fermenting, and distilling then enter our barrel room for a tasting of some of our core products. Top Shelf Distillery Tour ($30/person, ~ 75 minutes)
    Take a deep dive into the rich history of whiskey and how it helped shape America. Get an in depth look at the science and magic of mashing, fermentation and pot distillation. Take in the angel's share in our barrel room and find out how the spirit is mellowed by the oak while it picks up all its color and develops deeper flavors. Complete your tour with a tasting that includes some of our more allocated products

New York Historical Forts and Sites, Famous buildings, Active Federal facilities to tour, Geology: like fossils and volcanic areas


New York State historic sites and parks

These are state-run parks, museums and historic sites that present the history of some manufacturing process, industry, or living settlement

New York Seasons, bugs, topography and climate

New York state is generally humid, but the extreme southeastern portion of the state (New York City and Long Island area) are warmer and more humid. Winter temperatures average below freezing during January and February in much of New York state, but several degrees above freezing along the Atlantic coastline, including New York City. Seasonally, summer-like conditions prevail from June to early September statewide, while areas in far southern New York and New York City have summer conditions from late May through early-mid October.

Camping in New York

If you're looking to save money on your trip, camping may be a fun alternative to hotels and motels, especially, if you already have the gear, or are looking to get some. BTW, this websites ( ) explains everything you need to know about camping gear and where to the best gear at the lowest prices.

Arranging a stay at a New York state park is easy! Reservations can be made from 1 day - 9 months in advance by calling toll free 1-800-456-CAMP or New York State Parks on ReserveAmerica. For spur of the moment trips, rentals are also available on a walk-up basis.

Reservations will be taken as follows:

From December 1 through mid-March:
Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
From mid-March through Labor Day:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
From the day after Labor Day through November 30:
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Access Pass users please note: qualification changes are in effect as of May 19th, 2010. Before making your camping reservations, please learn whether your pass will be eligible.

New Pet Policy in affect as of August 2011. No more than 2 pets per site where pets are permitted.

There are both state parks and private campgrounds in New York.