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Tennessee factories to visit and tour

Tennessee 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 Tennessee and contact information and tips about visiting them.

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

  • Amazon Fulfillment Center - tour of the facility
    MQY1: Amazon Fulfillment Center, 6060 Golden Bear Gateway, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.
    BOOK ON THEIR WEBSITE. Each tour is approximately 60-90 minutes long. On the tour you may walk up and down at least one flight of stairs and walk approximately 1 mile. Amazon says "Ever wondered what happens when you shop on Amazon? Book a free walking tour of an Amazon warehouse and see how our people and technology deliver for customers." The also have the following recommendations and requirements:
    Arrive Early - arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour.
    Attire - All guests must wear flat, closed-toed, and closed-heeled shoes (no sandals, clogs or high heels). We recommend wearing comfortable shoes or sneakers. Additionally, long hair must be pulled at or above shoulder length. Loose fitting clothing (long-hanging jewelry, scarves, or ties) are not permitted. Headscarves worn for religious reasons are permitted but must be tucked in securely.
    Identification - Upon your arrival, your tour leader will ask for a government issued photo ID. Please ensure that guest information submitted during sign-up matches the guest ID.
  • Jack Daniels Distillery - whiskey distillery
    133 Lynchburg Hwy, Lynchburg, TN 37352. Open: Tours are held daily from 9AM to 4:30PM CST. CLOSED NEW YEAR'S EVE AND NEW YEAR'S DAY, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY, EASTER SUNDAY, THANKSGIVING DAY, CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY. Prices: MILITARY AND SENIOR (65+) DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE. There are a variety of tours at different prices, such as this one:
    After experiencing our Distillery, you’ll head to the tasting room in the historic George Green Barrel House and taste whiskey drawn from individual barrels, an honor that was once reserved exclusively for our distillers and tasters.  Length: 1 hr 30 min, in 2023, $35.

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


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

Tennessee Seasons, bugs, topography and climate

Tennessee is a southern state with rolling hills and a moderate climate. The winters are cool, but not cold and summers are hot. The state receives about 51 inches (1,300 mm) of rain per year.

Camping in Tennessee

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.

Reservations for Tennessee State Parks camping may be made online or by calling the park. For camping, the entire cost of the stay plus taxes and reservation fee must be paid at the time of the reservation. Reservations for campsites and picnic shelters may be made up to one year prior to check-in.

RV Sites
RV sites are developed sites available for vehicles ranging in length from 20 to 100 feet. Most campsites maintain soft gravel or paved pads and are easily leveled Sites are equipped with water and electricity and many have sewer hookups. Most RV sites also allow a tent.

Tent Sites
Some parks offer tent-only sites. These sites may have electric hookups and many have campsite water or access to a nearby community water spigot.

Primitive Sites
These sites are for tent camping only and water and electrical hookups are not available. These sites are minimally developed.

Wrangler Sites
Chickasaw and Natchez Trace offer Wrangler Campgrounds, ideal for bringing your horse. The campgrounds accommodate RVs and horse trailers. Campsites include electric and water hookups and hitching lines.

Group Campsites
Group campsites are ideal for larger groups of campers. Amenities and campsite capacities vary at each park.

There are both state parks and private campgrounds in Tennessee.