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If you go: New Pennsylvania tours

Baltimore Sun reporter

Turkey Hill isn't the only tour in town. Several new and notable factory tours have opened recently in the region, many in York County, which bills itself as the "Factory Tour Capital of the World."

York offers more than 20 tours, such as Wolfgang Candy, Martin's Potato Chips and Susquehanna Glass. For a full list of tours available in the York County area or for more information on the tours listed, visit or call 888-858-9675.

Here's a look at some new tours.

Miss. Lucy's Dog Treats

Visitors are invited into the kitchen to watch as dog treats are mixed, shaped, baked and decorated. The kitchen is a converted two-car garage where the treats, made of all-natural products, are made — 120 to 150 dozen treats a day, with over 30 different kinds of treats in a variety of sizes. (5421 N. Salem Church Road, Dover, Pa., 717-292-6593;

Tour availability: Monday-Friday by appointment only.

Admission: Free

Tour length: 30 minutes

Guided: Yes

Retail/factory store: Yes

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery

Opened in 1861 as the first pretzel bakery in America. This tour provides an opportunity to learn not only about the bakery's unique history but you'll also get a hands-on pretzel-twisting lesson from the experts and see bakers twisting soft pretzels by hand. (219 East Main St., Lititz, Pa., 717-626-4354;

Tour availability: Bakery tours offered Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sundays, major holidays, and from New Year's Day until Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

Admission: $3 per adult, $2 per child ages 4-12, children under 4 free. Discounts for groups of 15 or more, AAA members and active duty service men, women and their families.

Tour length: 20-25 minutes

Guided: Yes

Retail/factory store: Yes

Sunrise Soap Company

Check out a variety of skin-healthy products being produced at the Sunrise Soap Company. Products vary by day but include soaps, lotions, bath fizzes, lip balms, body scrubs and more. After the tour, explore fragrances available and take some home. Everything is made on-site at the visitor-friendly kitchen. (29 North Beaver St., York, Pa., 717-843-7627;

Tour availability: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Call ahead for reservations.

Admission: Free

Tour Length: 15-30 minutes

Guided: Yes

Retail/factory store: Yes

Sweet Willows Creamery

Watch as over 25 flavors of ice cream are made at Sweet Willows Creamery. There's an ice-cream-making demonstration where visitors can ask questions while observing the unique process of making ice cream in this small family-owned creamery. Tour includes a small ice cream tasting from the fresh batch or from the currently available flavors. (2812 E. Prospect Rd., York, Pa., 717-718-9219;

Tour availability: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with reservations (minimum group size is 10 people, maximum group is 30)

Admission: $4.95 per person

Tour length: 30-45 minutes

Guided: Yes

Retail/Factory Store: Yes including a cafe on-site with homemade ice cream, sandwiches and soups.

York County Resource Recovery

Watch as garbage is turned into "green" power at the York County Resource Recovery Center. This waste-to-energy facility uses garbage as fuel to produce steam that powers a turbine to generate electricity. Visitors are given an overview of the process followed by a walking tour of the facility, which is designated as a source of "green power." The tour includes the Tipping Floor, the Turbine- Generator Room and the Control Room. (2651 Blackbridge Rd., York Pa., 717-845-1066;

Tour availability: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call two week in advance to schedule tour. There are no walk-ins and closed-toe shoes are required.

Admission: Free

Tour length: 90 minutes

Guided: Yes

Retail/factory store: No

Turkey Hill Experience

301 Linden St., Columbia, Pa. 17512, 888-986-8784;

Tour availability: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Beginning Sept. 5, hours are Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last tour starts at 6 p.m.). Friday and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last tour starts at 7 p.m.)

Tour length: Allow one hour

Guided: No

Admission: $11.50 adults; $9.50 ages 5-17 and seniors 62 and older; children four and under are free. Group tour rates are also available.

Retail/factory store: Yes, including a gift shop and cafe.

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