How it's Made

Go behind the scenes with 7 unique tours and demonstrations

From marbles and milk to beer and motorcycles, the Kansas City metro offers a wide range of factory tours and demonstrations for visitors to watch and learn about how their favorite products are made.

Tempt your taste buds

Founded in Kansas City in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Co. has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Featuring hoppy mainstays like the Boulevard Pale Ale and Unfiltered Wheat—plus newcomers such as the Single-Wide I.P.A. and the easy-drinking Pilsner—it’s no wonder that the scene-stealer of the free factory tour happens to be the complimentary samples. Along the way, you’ll learn about the beermaker’s humble beginnings and witness its state-of-the-art brewing and bottling processes. During the summer, tours are offered seven days a week. (2501 Southwest Blvd., 816-474-7095) •

Journey “behind the bean”

KC’s caffeine scene wouldn’t be the same without bean baron Danny O’Neil. In 1993, he started The Roasterie inside the basement of his Brookside home. The specialty coffeemaker has since become a local staple, serving more than a million customers each year. Learn about the origins of coffee, as well as the roasting, cupping and blending of the bean on a free tour of the company’s factory. For a great souvenir, pick up a pack of The Roasterie’s signature Kansas City Blend. •

Satisfy your sweet tooth

Kansas City’s richest, creamiest fudge and mouth-watering chocolates are made fresh by hand before your very eyes at Chip’s Chocolate Factory in Crown Center. Free demonstrations are given to the public throughout the day and include a free sample. Be sure to try the Kansas City Fudge—a velvety, handmade confection available in 30 different flavors. •

Get the lowdown on dairy

Shatto Milk Company, a family-owned operation about 60 miles north of Kansas City in Osborn, offers interactive farm tours year-round. In addition to sampling many of Shatto’s tasty dairy products, visitors can also learn how milk is bottled, milk a cow and pet baby calves (some lucky visitors may even get to bottle-feed one). Tours of the 400-acre farm are just $5 per person (free for children ages two and under). •

Watch “hogs” spring to life

Step on the factory floor and witness the production of motorcycles from start to finish. One of only four American Harley-Davidson plants open to the public, the Kansas City facility produces the Sportster, Dyna and V-Rod motorcycles, allowing visitors to observe operations such as laser-cutting, frame-bending and wheel assembly. •

See how your greetings are made

Located at the company’s headquarters in Crown Center, the Hallmark Visitors Center delves into the 100-year history of the world’s largest greeting card maker. Discover the wonders of Hallmark creativity during this free tour; interact with artisans, watch the printing of cards, create your own bow or even enjoy a virtual visit with popular Hallmark characters such as Maxine, hoops and yoyo. •

Find your marbles

Once the site of a potato-washing facility, the wonder emporium that is Moon Marble Company now houses timeless toys and every marble imaginable. From mibs and peewees to shooters and boulders, this place has it all. In addition to “knuckling down,” make time for the company’s free marble-making demonstrations to learn about marble history, the process of glass working and other fascinating marble facts. •

Tours and Sightseeing in KC

American Jazz Museum

The sights and sounds of a uniquely American art form come alive at the American Jazz Museum.

Bingham-Waggoner Estate

The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is recognized today as one of the most significant historical sites in western Missouri because of its role in the history of the area and the people that lived there. Plotted in 1827 on that super highway west called the Santa Fe Trail, the Estate played an important part in our region's history. Of the many colorful owners, characters and residents of this now legendary home, the most famous is the artist and politician George Caleb Bingham.

Boulevard Brewing Co.

Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. Our mission is simple -- to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. The Boulevard story begins in 1988, when founder John McDonald started construction of the brewery in a turn-of-the-century brick building on Kansas City's historic Southwest Boulevard. A vintage Bavarian brewhouse was installed, and the first batches of beer were produced in the fall of 1989.

Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary & Education Center

Cedar Cove is a non-profit organization devoted to the care and preservation of endangered large cats while educating the public on their behavior, physiology, habitats and the threats & dangers of extinction. We're making great progress in many areas of the park . Please bear with us during the changes and come visit the park to see what's new! Aside from our public hours on the weekends, Cedar Cove arranges hosted tours for schools, special interest groups, families or any group interested in visiting the park during the week if your schedule prevents a weekend visit.

City of Fountains Foundation

Kansas City's history is reflected in a century of fountain development. First, fountains were established to fill the needs of people and animals and later as beautification, memorials and celebrations. Originally established by Kansas Citians Harold and Peggy Rice in 1973, The City of Fountains Foundation, working with the Parks and Recreation Department of Kansas City, dedicated its efforts to enhancing Kansas City and its surrounding areas by encouraging the establishment of fountains and their accompanying funds. You can visit more than 200 fountains in the Kansas City metro area.

Greater Kansas City Attractions Association

The Greater Kansas City Attractions Association (GKCAA) is an association consisting of 50+ member attractions located throughout the Kansas City area. For more information about attractions, members, benefits, & events, please visit

Hallmark Visitors Center

See one of the world's most creative companies come to life. Located in Kansas City's Crown Center complex, the Hallmark Visitors Center celebrates the Hallmark story in a display of remarkable exhibits, from our founder's humble beginning in 1910, to the creation of one of the world's largest greeting card companies. Step inside the Timeline exhibit where you'll view historical artifacts that reflect various eras and trends throughout 20th century America into the new millennium. Marvel at the J.C.

Jesse James Bank Museum

Site of the first U.S. daylight, peacetime bank robbery by the James gang. Located on the northeast corner of the historic Liberty Square. Admission fee. Open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday.

Kansas City Fun Trolley Tours LLC

The BEST First Thing to Do in Kansas City!! We are pleased to be showcasing our hometown. It gives us great pride to announce that we have added the historic 18th & Vine district and all the wonderful venues offered there to our tour. Get acquainted with the popular sites, local favorites and hidden treasures that Kansas City has to offer during our fully-narrated 90-minute, guided tour aboard our authentic, air-conditioned / heated trolleys with padded seats and great sound system!

Kansas City Graffiti Tour

Explore the best the best murals and street art in Kansas City. This two-hour walking tour gives a behind-the-scenes look at the art and artists in the Crossroads Arts District. Guides also discuss the dynamics affecting this rapidly changing area.