Educational Tours

There are many opportunities to learn while attending the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo. Check out the list below of awesome educational attractions to visit on your way to Louisville, while in Louisville or on your way back home.



Louisville Area/Central Kentucky Tours

  • Bluebonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm, R.A.D Fibers
    • Tour 1: Farm to Fashion
      Crestwood, Ky.
      502-727-2072
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 35 min.
      Length of Tour: 1 hr. – 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: By appointment only
      Cost: $5 - $10 per person
      Group: 5 - 20
      Learn the process of making items out of alpaca fiber from start to finish. First, tour the alpaca barn. Then, visit a fiber studio to see view a raw fleece and a woven fleece. See how to card the fleece and howt to make fabric. Several finished products, such as coats and shawls, will be on display.

      Tour 2: Nuno Felting Class
      Crestwood, Ky.
      502-727-2072
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 35 min.
      Open: By appointment only
      Cost: $50 per person for class and materials
      Group: 4 - 8
      Learn how to make a finished product out of alpaca fiber from an alpaca farm. Students will leave the class with a scarf that they nuno-felted themselves. Also, see examples of what different alpaca fibers can be made into.

      http://www.bluealpacas.com/

  • Cave Hill Cemetery
    • Louisville, Ky.
      502-451-5630
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 15 min.
      Open: Daily 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
      Cost: Free
      Group: Unlimited
      Cave Hill Cemetery is Louisville’s premier cemetery. The 296 acres of rolling terrain with century-old monuments and a vibrant collection of plant life make Cave Hill unique as a Victorian, garden-style cemetery. Many of Louisville’s most prominent citizens’, including Colonel Harland Sanders, George Rogers Clark, rest at Cave Hill.

      http://www.cavehillcemetery.com/

  • Culbertson Mansion State Historical Site
    • New Albany, Ind.
      812-944-9600
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 15 min.
      Length of tour: 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: Sun., Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 1 - 5 p.m.; Mon. - Sat., Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Cost: $1.50 per person
      Group: 10 - 50
      Admission includes a full tour of the 20,000- square-foot mansion, built for dry goods merchant William Culbertson in the late 1860s. The tour includes a discussion of Victorian lifestyles for both the Culbertson family and their servants.

      http://www.culbertsonmansion.us/History/CulbertsonMansion-NewAlbany.html

  • Fort Knox
    • Fort Knox, Ky.
      502-613-1235
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 45 min.

      Tour 1: Instillation Windshield Tour
      Length of tour: 2 hrs.
      Open: Mon., Oct. 28, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Tues., Oct. 29, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 30, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      Cost: Free
      Group: 10 – 60
      This bus tour is designed to showcase, educate and inform guests about the rich history of Fort Knox while highlighting current programs and features. Located 35 miles from Louisville, Fort Knox encompasses 109,000 acres in three Kentucky counties. Fort Knox has a population of over more than 40,000 soldiers, family members and civilian employees.
      A government issued I.D. is required to enter Fort Knox

      Tour 2: General Patton Museum Tour
      Length of tour: 2 hrs.
      Open: Tues., Oct. 29, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 30, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      Cost: Free
      Group: 10 - 60
      The Patton Museum provides its visitors a glimpse into the life and accomplishments of General George S. Patton. During World War II, he commanded a corps in North Africa and the Seventh Army in Sicily. The museum also holds the Patton Gallery, which features numerous personal effects and memorabilia.
      A government issued I.D. is required to enter Fort Knox

      http://www.knox.army.mil/

  • Graeters Ice Cream
    • Louisville, Ky.
      502-339-9475
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 20 min.
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Mon. - Fri., Oct. 28 - Nov.1, tours available each day at: 10 a.m., Noon and, 2 p.m.
      Cost: $3 per person - includes tour and cup of ice cream
      Experience the production of Graeter’s Ice Cream, made like no other company. For 143 years, Graeter’s has adhered to a tradition for making the best ice cream you will ever taste. Take this tour to see and taste why Graters is “great” and learn the importance of quality over quantity.

      http://www.graeters.com/

  • Harvest Home Dairy
    • Crestwood, Ky.
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 35 min.
      Length of tour: 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: Mon. - Sat., Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. No tours on Wed., Oct. 31, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
      Cost: $6 per person; Lunch available upon request, Must call in advance to order lunch
      Group: 20 - 50
      Tour a modern commercial dairy. See how science and new technology is are used to enhance practices that cows are care for with: milking practices, feeding, reproductionve, heard health, cow comfort, nutrient management, crop and feed management and the herd replacement program. Also, view a presentation on genetics: DNA codes, natural selection, selective breeding, cross breeding, sexed semen, embryo transfer, cloning and genetically modified.

      http://www.harvesthomedairyky.com/

  • Howard Steamboat Museum & Mansion
    • Jeffersonville, Ind.
      812-923-5255
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 15 min.
      Length of tour: 45 min. - 1 hr.
      Open: Sun., Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 1 - 3 p.m.; Tue. - Sat., Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Closed on Monday
      Cost: $5 per person
      Group: Groups must make advance reservations
      This museum is housed in the 1890’s Victorian mansion of the Howard Family, owners of the famed shipyards where several thousand riverboats were constructed between 1834 and 1941.

      http://www.steamboatmuseum.org/

  • Joe Huber’s Family Farm
    • Starlight, Ind.
      812-923-5255
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 40 min.
      Length of tour: 1 hr. 15 min.
      Open: Must call for schedule tour
      Cost: $17.99 per person (includes tour and buffet meal) Must make reservations for tour prior to visit
      Enjoy an interactive, fun, wagon ride tour of the farm geared toward the age group of attendees. Tour guides/wagon drivers entertain groups while showing the farm’s diverse agriculture, horticulture and agritourism programs. The tour also includes an education and entrepreneurial talk given personally by the famous "Farmer Joe". The tour is packaged with a buffet meal from the Joe Huber’s Family Restaurant.

      http://www.joehubers.com/

  • Kentucky Derby Museum/Churchill Downs
    • Six tours avaialble
      Louisville, Ky.
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 10 min.

      Tour 1: Backstretch Breakfast Tours
      502-637-1111 x225
      Length of tour: 3 hrs.
      Open: Daily 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Advance reservations required
      Cost: $28 per person, includes museum admission. Reservations and deposit required 30 days prior to visit
      Group: 15 or more traveling by motor coach
      During this tour, you will savor a country breakfast in the exclusive atmosphere of a morning at the track. You will view the magical process of training world-class Thoroughbreds during their early morning workouts while dining in Churchill Downs' trackside kitchen. Museum tour guides will greet you and guide you on a short walk through the barn area where up to 1,400 horses are stabled. You will leave with a new perspective and knowledge of Thoroughbred horseracing. After the tour, venture over to the "front side" of the track and explore the Kentucky Derby Museum.

      Tour 2: Backstretch Lunch Tours
      502-637-1111 x225
      Length of tour: 3 hrs.
      Open: Daily 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Advance reservations required
      Cost: $29 per person, includes museum admission Reservations and deposit required 30 days prior to visit
      Group: 15 or more traveling by motor coach
      During this tour, you will enjoy an American-style grilled lunch at the track kitchen along the rail of the race track. Museum tour guides will greet your group and guide you on a short walk through the barn area where up to 1,400 horses are stabled. During your tour, you will get to see a Thoroughbred horse race from right on the rail of the legendary racetrack at Churchill Downs, and you will leave with a new perspective and knowledge of Thoroughbred horseracing. After the tour, venture over to the "front side" of the track and explore the Kentucky Derby Museum.

      Tour 3: Barn and Backside Tours
      502-637-1111 x336
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Daily 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
      Cost: $11 per person in addition to $9 per person museum admission
      Group: 12 people per tour
      Visit the "other side" of Churchill Downs to see racehorses in their environment. This van tour weaves guests through the barn areas of Churchill Downs where more than 1,400 horses are housed.

      On any given day of training, visitors could see a 2-year-old in line to win next year’s Derby, a 9-year-old nearing retirement or the Derby winner. The world-class thoroughbreds range from millions of dollars in value to runners in the cheapest race with a $5,000 purse (still an incredible looking animal - can you spot the difference?). See the horses in training, catch them during a bath, and learn about life at the track. Stops will be made for picture taking at the track (time and weather permitting). This exclusive one-hour tour is offered only to guests of the museum. This is a great tour for horse lovers, but please note: Guests will not be able to touch the horses.

      Tour 4: Horse and Haunts Tours
      502-637-1111 x336
      Length of tour: 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: Tues. - Fri., Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Advance reservations required (50% deposit due at time of booking. Must be paid in full two weeks prior to arrival)
      Cost: $15 per person
      Group: 30 guests maximum per tour- three tours of 30 will depart simultaneously
      Let this tour take you back in time to visit the spirits on the darker side of the track. Hear stories of legends and lore as you are guided from the Kentucky Derby Museum’s cemetery to the sixth floor of Churchill Downs. The tour lasts for an hour and a half. Bring your camera for the many picturesque views you will spot from all points on this tour! This tour offers a truly insider’s view of the non-public areas of Churchill Downs.

      Tour 5: Museum Tour
      502-637-1111
      Length of tour: 2 hrs.
      Open: Mon. - Sat., Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 27 or Nov. 3, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Cost: $9 per person
      Group: Unlimited
      The only museum to showcase the athleticism, history and pageantry known as the Kentucky Derby. Admission includes all permanent and interactive exhibits, a historic walking tour and 360 HD film of "The Greatest Race". The walking tour features a barn visit with our equine residents. Also available is the gift shop and Derby Cafe.

      http://www.derbymuseum.org/

  • Kentucky Humane Society
    • Louisville, Ky.
      502-515-3149
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 15 min
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Mon., Oct. 28, 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.; Tues., Oct. 29, 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m.; Wed. - Thurs., Oct. 30 - 31, 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 1, 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4 p.m.
      Cost: $4 per person
      Group: 10 - 20
      Visit the Kentucky Humane Society and learn about our life-saving mission! Your experience includes a presentation on how KHS helps companion animals and pet owners in our community. You will also tour our facility to see the admission- to- adoption process and interact with our furry residentsadoptable dogs and cats.

      http://www.kyhumane.org/

  • Kentucky Railway Museum
    • New Haven, Ky.
      502-549-5470
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 50 min.
      Length of tour:45 min. - 1 hr.
      Open: Sun., Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, Noon - 5 p.m.; Closed on Mon.; Tues. - Sat., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
      Train Robbery adventure Sat., Nov. 2, and Sun., Nov. 3 Must have reservations in advance
      Cost: $17 per person, includes train excursion and museum; $5 per person museum only
      Group: 50 - 253 for train ride, unlimited for museum
      All aboard for family fun! Journey with us on a 22-mile excursion through the Rolling Fork River Valley.

      http://www.kyrail.org/

  • Louisville Stoneware Company
    • Louisville, Ky.
      502-582-1900 x1
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 15 min.
      Length of tour: 45 min. - 1 hr.
      Open: Mon. - Fri., Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. No tours on Sunday
      Cost: $4 per person
      Group: 1 - 25
      One of the oldest stoneware manufacturers in the United States, Louisville Stoneware has been dedicated to the tradition and careful craftsmanship of transforming clay into enduring, functional art for the home, kitchen and garden since 1815. Located in Louisville, Kentucky’s Paristown Pointe neighborhood, the art factory offers tours twice a day Monday through Friday (10:30 am, 1:30 pm and by appointment), a paint your own pottery experience and retail store.

      http://www.louisvillestoneware.com/locations/

  • Louisville Water Company
    • Louisville, Ky.
      502-569-3600, x 2436
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 15 min.
      Length of tour: 2 hrs.
      Open:Mon. - Fri., Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: Free
      Group: 10 - 60 Must call in advance to schedule groups larger than 60
      Learn the fascinating history of the Louisville Water Company and how millions of gallons of drinking water is made each day. Tour historic and current facilities along the Ohio River.

      http://www.louisvilleky.gov/LWC

  • Louisville Zoo
    • Louisville, Ky.
      502-238-5348
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 10 min.
      Length of tour: 4 hrs. (depends on experience) - self-guided tours
      Open: Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Cost: $7 per person with convention badge or FFA jacket
      Group: Unlimited
      The Louisville Zoo’s innovative exhibits feature rare animal rotation, specialized training and enrichment. Gorilla Forest, the Islands and now Glacier Run are all winners of top exhibit awards nationally. Glacier Run - with polar and grizzly bears, seals and sea lions and Stellar’s sea eagles ó hosts keeper demonstrations and compelling conservation stories.

      http://www.louisvillezoo.org/

  • Meadowview Farm & Natural Habitat Garden, LLC
    • Crestwood, Ky.
      502-345-4231
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 20 min.
      Length of tour: 1 hr. - 2 hrs.
      Open: Mon. - Sat., Oct. 28 - Nov. 2; 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
      Cost: $5 per person
      Group: 1 - 20
      Tour a sustainable farm that specializes in Kentucky native plants, heirloom corn and vegetables and wild-crafted home décor. You will be introduced to tall grass meadows establishment and management; native plant use as a predator habitat; habitat health; species diversification; wildlife management; and high and low tunnel season extending production methods.

      http://www.meadowviewfarmandgarden.com/

  • Muhammad Ali Center
    • Louisville, Ky.
      502-992-5340
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 15 min.
      Length of tour: 90 min. - 2 hrs.
      Open: Tues. - Sat., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, Noon - 5 p.m.
      Cost: $5 per person
      Group: Unlimited
      Guided by Muhammad Ali’s six core principles, the Muhammad Ali Center offers a guided tour of its interactive museum to inspire all to pursue greatness in their own lives.

      http://www.alicenter.org/

  • Oldham Farm Tours
  • Schimpff’s Confectionery
    • Jeffersonville, Ind.
      812-283-8367
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 20 min.
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Mon. - Fri., Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Closed on Sunday
      Cost: Free
      Group: 1 - 50
      See candy made at this family-owned manufacturing confectionery. Operating since 1891, this candy store, soda fountain, lunchroom, museum and demonstration area is located in Jeffersonville, Indiana’s Historic District. It’s five minutes from downtown Louisville and 20 minutes from the Kentucky Exposition Center. Call for a tour or just come and visit.

      http://www.schimpffs.com/


Lexington Area Tours

  • The Thoroughbred Center
    • 859-293-1853
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 1 hr. 20 min.
      Length of tour: 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: Mon. - Sat., Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, 9 a.m. Reservations are recommened as space is limited
      Cost: $15 per adult, $8 per child (12 and under); 2 and under free
      Group: 1 - 24
      Experience the spirit and nobility of Thoroughbreds at the Thoroughbred Center, where the champions of tomorrow are in training today. Observe trainers up close as they teach their horses the skills they will need to become winners. After workouts, be amazed at the care, equipment and methods used to keep these magnificent horses in championship racing condition.

      http://www.thethoroughbredcenter.com/


Southern Kentucky Tours

  • American Cave Museum & Hidden River
    • Horse Cave, Ky.
      270-781-7973
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 1 hr. 40 min.
      Length of tour: 2 hrs.
      Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Cost: FFA prices: $10 per adult, $5 per child (ages 6 - 15), 5 years old and younger free
      Group: Unlimited
      Visit the nation’s largest museum of caves and tour Hidden River Cave, featuring an underground river and a 100-year-old hydroelectric system. Learn about cave geology, biology and land use in groundwater conservation.

      http://www.hiddenrivercave.com/

  • Bi-Water Farm & Green House
    • Georgetown, Ky.
      502-863-3676
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 1 hr. 15 min.
      Length of tour: 2 - 4 hrs.
      Open: Sun., Oct. 27, Noon - 7 p.m.; Mon. - Sat., Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 3, Noon - 5 p.m.
      Cost: $8 per person (50 percent discount for FFA students)
      Group: Unlimited
      A family farm since 1959 and a large agritourism destination in central Kentucky, the 185-acre farm is diversified with four acres of greenhouses, 50 acres of fresh vegetables, 20 acres of pumpkins and AutumnFest, the farm’s fall celebration. A Paintball target, corn maze, miniature golf, hayrides, sky-high slides, people spinners and more are all part of the fall celebration.

      http://biwaterfarm.com/

  • Diamond Caverns
    • Park City, Ky.
      270-749-2233
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 1 hr. 20 min.
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Daily 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
      Cost: $6 per student (must have registration badge or FFA jacket); $10 per teacher/chaperone
      Group: 20 people per tour; Register in advance for groups of 10 or more
      For 154 years, Historic Diamond Caverns has offered tours of Kentucky’s most beautiful cave. Intricate drapery deposits line the halls of thousands of stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone deposits throughout the entire tour. Knowledgeable guides explain the unique geology and fascinating history of the cave during the one-hour-long guided tour.

      http://www.diamondcaverns.com/

  • Dinosaur World
    • Cave City, Ky.
      270-773-4345
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 1 hr. 20 min.
      Length of tour: 1 - 2 hrs.
      Open: Daily 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT
      Cost: $6 per student (must have registration badge or FFA jacket); $10 per teacher/chaperone
      Group: Unlimited
      Visit more than 150-life-size dinosaurs in an outdoor museum. Sift thru sand in search of authentic fossils to take home. Unearth a life- size dinosaur skeleton in the sand. Visit the Mammoth Garden and learn in the prehistoric museum. Have fun learning about prehistoric life.

      http://www.dinosaurworld.com/

  • Historic Rail Park and Train Museum
    • Bowling Green, Ky.
      270-745-7317
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 1 hr. 35 min.
      Length of tour: 1 hr. 30 min. - 2 hrs.
      Open: Tues. - Sat., Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 27 or Nov. 3, 1 - 4 p.m.
      Cost: $6 per person with convention badge or FFA jacket
      Group: 1 - 20
      Step back in time with a tour of vintage rail cars that have been historically restored. Also, explore our two-story museum and experience history through our interactive exhibits. The museum is located in the historic L & N Depot.

      http://historicrailpark.com/

  • Lost River Cave
    • Bowling Green, Ky.
      270-393-0077
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 1 hr. 35 min.
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Daily park hours. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; daily tour hours 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tours take place at the top of each hour
      Cost: $10.95 per person
      Group: 40 per tour
      This one-hour tour includes a guided walk to the cave entrance to hear about the history and culture. Then board a boat and tour the Lost River cave. Discover a unique underground ecosystem and geologic wonder. The park’s hiking trail is free.

      http://lostrivercave.com/

  • National Corvette Museum
    • Bowling Green, Ky.
      270-781-7973
      Travel time from Kentucky Exposition Center: 1 hr. 35 min.
      Length of tour: 1 - 2 hr.
      Open: Daily 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (CDT)
      Cost: $4 per person
      Group: Unlimited
      See more than 70 Corvettes from the past, present and future plus a special motorcycle exhibit. Enjoy hands-on activities including educational driving simulators, the Pit Crew Challenge and trivia kiosks. Snap a photo in the ìsitterî car and browse souvenirs in the store. Corvette CafÈ is available for meals and snacks until 3:30 p.m. daily.

      http://www.corvettemuseum.org/


Southern Indiana Tours

  • 240sweet
    • Columbus, Ind.
      812-372-9898

      Tour 1: Interactive Art of Making Marshmallows
      Length of tour: 1 hr. - 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: $10 per person
      Group: 1 - 20 (open classes); 21 - 55 (private class)
      Come and visit our new location! In this hands-on class, Indiana artisan chef Alexa Lemley will not only teach you how to make marshmallows, but also how to cut, powder and bag some that you take home.! Learn how to make an at-home version of gourmet marshmallows from start to finish. Learn about the history of marshmallows and taste some 240sweet puffs during this fun-filled demonstration. Includes a free bag of 240sweet puffs that participants cut and package. *Convention and expo attendees are welcome to stop by anytime during hours of operation. Stopping by is free, but there is no guarantee that there will be production.

      Tour 2: Art of Marking Marshmallows
      Length of tour: 1 hr. - 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: $8 per person
      Group: 35 - 75
      Come visit Indiana Artisan Chef Alexa Lemley in her 240sweet Studio to watch a demonstration on how she hand-crafts gourmet marshmallows and sample flavors. In 2012, her more than 150 flavors of puffs are were considered one of the best examples of handmade art produced in the Hoosier State. 240sweet puffs have been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine and Martha Stewart Weddings. Tour includes a free sample bag of 240sweet puffs. Make sure to visit the 240sweet Studio outlet. *Convention and expo attendees are welcome to stop by anytime during hours of operation. Stopping by is free, but there is no guarantee that there will be production.

      http://www.240sweet.com/

  • Bluespring Caverns Park
    • Bedford, Ind.
      812-279-9471
      Length of tour: 1 hr. 10 min. - 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Reservations needed for groups of 12 or more
      Cost: $6 per person
      Group: 1 - 48 (per hour)
      Experience a one- hour guided boat tour along the underground Myst’ry River, following the course of the underground river that drains 15 square miles of karst plain in Southern Indiana. Learn about and see the native blind cavefish and crayfish that live below the fields above.

      http://www.bluespringcaverns.com/

  • Burtons Maplewood Farm
    • Medora, Ind.
      812-525-2663
      Length of tour: 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Cost: $20 per person, includes a pancake or French toast breakfast
      Group: 5 - 300
      This tour will take visitors back to 1810, a wild and uncivilized time in the Indiana Territory, when Angie Burton’s ancestors, the Flinn’s, settled in Southern Indiana. On March 13, 1813, the Flinn settlement was attacked by a band of Pottawatomie Indians. The Pottawatomie took Angie’s ancestor, Grandfather Jacob Flinn, captive along with his maple sugaring metal caldron and a settlement axe. Hear the details of the Flinn massacre and the Jacob’s heroic escape. Also, learn the history behind the discovery of maple sugar by Native Americans’s and the important role that maple sugar played in helping forge the western expansion of the United States.

      http://www.burtonsmaplewoodfarm.com/

  • Cummins Inc. Technical Center
    • Columbus, Ind.
      812-657-4219
      Length of tour: 45 min.
      Open: Fri., Nov. 1, 10 a.m. - To reserve a tour, you must complete a tour request form
      Cost: Free
      Group: 1 - 60 Tour is for 60 people total, not per group
      Visit the worldwide technical center for Cummins, Inc. The facility was built in 1964 for research and testing of the Cummins diesel engines. You will visit some of the 90 test cells, where engineers and mechanics do testing and research on Cummins diesel engines ranging from 500 - 3000HP capable.

      http://www.cummins.com/cmi/

  • Exotic Feline Rescue Center
    • Center Point, Ind.
      812-835-1130
      Length of tour: 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. By appointment only, must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: $8 per person
      Group: Unlimited
      Tour 25 acres of natural habitat and see about 100 cats from seven species such as lions, tigers, pumas and leopards. You will learn about the plight of exotic cats in the wild and in captivity including enclosure needs, social groups, enrichment, food and veterinary care. Please note: Tour is outside; dress appropriately.

      http://www.exoticfelinerescuecenter.org/home.html

  • Homestead Primitives
    • Martinsville, Ind.
      765-342-8097
      Length of tour: 1 hr.; allow 1 hr. to paint gourd, in addition to the tour
      Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Cost: $5 per person to paint a gourd
      Group: 5 - 30
      You can be an artist and hand paint a mini gourd. An informative program on the history, growing and uses of gourds will be presented. The site is located on a working family farm that raises cattle and grain. The group is welcome to take a walking tour to the grounds as harvest is in progress. Homestead Primitives is located five miles from Hunter’s Honey Farm.

      http://www.homesteaddesigngourds.com/

  • Hunter’s Honey Farm
    • Martinsville, Ind.
      765-537-9430
      Length of tour: 2 hrs.
      Open: Mon. - Sat., Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: $7.75 per person
      Group: 1 - 100
      Tour a honey farm and watch bees in an observation hive, candles dipped and honey extracted and bottled. Also, sample 12 different varieties of honey. Visit a live beehive with a beekeeper and locate the queen bee. Each member bottles his or her own six-ounce honey bear to take home.

      http://www.huntershoneyfarm.com/

  • Indiana Downs
    • Shelbyville, Ind.
      317-421-0000
      Length of tour: 45 min.
      Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (no live racing)
      Cost: Free
      Group: 5 - 100
      Enjoy a full, behind-the-scenes tour of the grandstand building. No barn tours.

      http://www.indianadowns.com/

  • Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
    • Seymour, Ind.
      812-522-4352
      Open: Visitor Center, Wed. - Sun., Oct. 30 - Nov. 3, 12:30 - 4 p.m. Must schedule morning visits at visitor center and talks with staff
      Cost: Free
      Group: 1 - 100 in Visitor Center
      The Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge is one of more than 560 units of the National Wildlife Refuge system, a block of public lands managed for wildlife by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

      http://www.fws.gov/refuge/muscatatuck/

  • Not Just Popcorn
    • Edinburgh, Ind.
      812-526-8256
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Mon. - Tues.,, Oct. 28 - 29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wed. - Sat., Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun., Nov. 3, Noon - 5 p.m. By appointment only, must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: $3 per person
      Group: 2 - 40 in a group
      Visit a one-of-a-kind popcorn facility. View the process from popping the corn to coating it with flavors, and the best part of all is you get to sample different flavors. This hometown, family operation will leave you popping with new excitement.

      http://www.notjustpopcorn.com/

  • Ozark Fisheries
    • Martinsville, Ind.
      800-775-3474
      Length of tour: 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: By appointment only, must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: $8 per person
      Group: Unlimited
      Visit Ozark Fisheries to see aquaculture farming at its best. View millions of goldfish and koi produced at the farm just south of Indianapolis. A guided tour includes access to the production ponds, spawning and holding tanks and shipping facilities.

      http://www.ozarkfisheries.com/

  • Round Barn Tour
    • Greensburg, Ind.
      812-663-5081
      Length of tour: 1 hr.-1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: By appointment only; must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: Free
      Group: 10 - 60
      Visit the Round Barn and learn about the history of the Pleakenstaufer family settling in Decatur County, Ind., in 1827. Also, learn about the construction of the Round Barn in 1909 and its present-day use as a research farm for agriculture.

  • Roy Umbarger & Sons Inc.
  • Stapps Circle S Ranch
    • Greensburg, Ind.
      812-663-6709
      Length of tour: Unlimited
      Open: Mon.-Fri., Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, Noon - 7 p.m. Must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: Tour-Free for students, $10 per adult for every four FFA members
      Tractor Ride: $5 per person
      Group: Unlimited
      Stapps Circle S Ranch is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational animal interaction for students and others in the community. Visitors to the center interact with more than 250 unique animals such as dromedary camels, lions, tigers and bears to name a few. Enjoy a tour driven by an antique tractor and stop to feed the animals.

      http://www.stappscirclesranch.org/

  • Squire Boone Caverns
    • Mauckport, Ind.
      812-732-4388
      Length of tour: 2 hrs.
      Open: Cave and Village-Mon.-Fri., Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Cave only-Sat.-Sun., Nov. 2-3, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
      Cost: $7 per person Reservations required to receive special rate
      Groups: 2-200
      Tours guides will take you past stalactites, stalagmites, columns and more. That’s what is below the ground. Above the ground, you will get a demonstration on soap making, candle making and cord grinding in a griston.

      http://www.squireboonecaverns.com/


Northern Indiana Tours

  • Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
    • Auburn, Ind.
      260-925-1444
      Open: Mon.-Fri., Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., Nov. 2-3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Cost: $8 per person (special FFA rate)
      Group: Unlimited
      The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is where the world’s finest cars of yesterday live today! More than 120 classic, antique, vintage and special interest cars are displayed with other automotive-related exhibits on three floors. The museum is located in the original 1930s national headquarters of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company and is a National Historic Landmark.

      http://www.automobilemuseum.org/Pages/default.aspx

  • CTB, Inc.
    • Milford, Ind.
      ffa@ctbinc.com
      Length of tour: 2 hrs. 30 min. - 3 hrs.
      Open: Tues.-Fri., Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 1 p.m. (one tour per day) By appointment only, must email or use online form in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: Free
      Group: 6-40
      Watch manufacturing processes for feed and grain bins and other metal components at CTB’s Brock plant. Across the highway at CTB’s Chore-Time plant, see fabrication of components for poultry feeders and other systems. Session concludes with a presentation showing how the parts you saw being made are used by customers.
      PLEASE NOTE: Attendees must wear closed-toe shoes. No cameras (including cell phones) permitted in the facility.

      http://www.ctbinc.com/ffa.html

  • Fair Oaks Farm
    • Fair Oaks, Ind.
      877-536-1194 ext. 321
      Length of tour: 3 - 4 hrs.
      Open: Mon.-Sat., Oct. 28- Nov. 2, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 27 or Nov. 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST
      Cost: $5 per adventure
      Group: Unlimited
      Fair Oaks Farm is located in Northwest Indiana and features tours of modern dairy and pig farms. Experience a museum with more than 60 interactive exhibits, a 3D/4D movie, watch a live birth and so much more.

      http://www.fofarms.com/en/home

  • Heritage Farm Suri Alpacas
    • Flora, Ind.
      765-566-3077
      Length of tour: 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: Mon., Oct. 28, Wed., Oct. 30, and Fri., Nov. 1 Must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: $5 per person
      Group: Unlimited (bus parking available)
      Tour a working alpaca farm featuring 25 Suri alpacas. Owners will discuss the history of alpacas in the United States and how the animal’s fiber is used today. In addition, career opportunities as well as pasture, fencing, shelter and nutritional requirements for the alpacas will be covered. Raw and processed alpaca fiber and fiber products such as socks, sweaters, scarves and gloves will be displayed.

      http://ourheritagefarm.com/

  • Wolf Park
    • Battle Ground, Ind.
      765-567-2265
      Length of tour: Guided tour-45 min.; guided tour and handling demonstration - 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: Tues.- Fri., Oct. 29- Nov.1, guided tours 1-5 p.m., guided tour plus handling demonstration 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Must call in advance to schedule guided tour with handling demonstration
      Cost: Guided tour-$8 per person; guided tour and handling demonstration-$8 per person plus $100 minimum paid in advance
      Group: 1-200
      The Wolf Park Tours and Handling Tour includes a walking tour around the loop trail to see wolves, bison, foxes and coyotes. The handling demonstration includes staff going in with the animals, a howling with the wolves’ session and Q & A.

      http://wolfpark.org/


Central Indiana Tours

  • Adventure and Leadership Tour - White River Paintball
    • Anderson, Ind.
      317-489-3732
      Length of tour: 1-4 hrs., depending on the number of paintball games played
      Open: Daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Must call ahead to schedule tour
      Cost: $18 per person plus sales tax (groups with valid tax exempt forms are exempt from sales tax). Includes entry, full equipment rental, all-day air and 50 paintballs (GLBs not included).
      Group: 8 - 200
      Get a tour of Indiana’s largest paintball facility (125+ acres), including tips on how to use your existing non-tillable acreage to generate additional income. Then, you will have the opportunity to show your leadership and teamwork abilities on the paintball field. We will provide all of the paintball gear and instructions for your group (included in the entry).

      http://whiteriverpaintball.com/

  • Agritainment 101 (Agricultural Entertainment) - Indy Scream Park
    • Anderson, Ind.
      317-489-3732
      Length of tour: 45 min. - 3 hrs., depends on number of attractions each group visits
      Open: Sun., Oct. 27, only 7 - 10 p.m.; Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 30-31, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 1-Nov. 2, 6:30-11:30 p.m. Must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: $18 per person, Wed.-Thurs. and Sun.; $23 per person, Fri. and Sat. (admission includes entry to all five haunted attractions after tour)
      Group: Unlimited
      Add revenue to your farm by tapping into the corn maze industry. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of Indy Scream Park’s brand new million-dollar facility featuring the “INFECTED” corn maze with amazing 20-feet “Bubba” corn. We will give you the hands-on knowledge you will need to run your own corn maze.

      http://www.indyscreampark.com/

  • Beasley’s Orchard & Garden - Agri-tourism and a family-owned orchard
    • Danville, Ind.
      317-745-4876
      Length of tour: 1-2 hrs. depending on activities
      Open: Mon.-Fri., Oct. 28-Nov. 1 Must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: $10 per person
      Group: 15-50 (groups larger than 50 can be split into more than one tour)
      Ride the haywagon around the orchard while your guide describes the operation of this family-owned business. Apples, cider, you-pick pumpkins, vegetables, corn maze, 27th Heartland Apple Festival…it is a multi-faceted operation. Enjoy fresh cookies and apple cider before heading out to navigate the corn maze.

      http://www.beasleys-orchard.com/

  • Carley Elk Farm
    • Atlanta, Ind.
      317-502-6999
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Daily, opens at 8 a.m.
      Cost: $5 per person
      Group: Unlimited
      Carley Elk Farm LLC raises elk and white-tailed deer. Explore this alternative livestock niche operation by touring the farm and pastures, sampling elk meat and discovering the uses of elk through explanations and a Q & A session on elk, calves, bulls and antlers. Call for catered meal prices.

      http://www.elk4u.com/

  • Dow AgroSciences
    • Indianapolis, Ind.
      317-337-5015
      Length of tour: 2 hrs.
      Open: Tues., Oct. 29, 10 a.m. - Noon and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; Wed., Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. To register for a tour, email, JLMarston@dow.com, or call 317-337-5015. Tour registration closes on Oct. 18, 3 p.m.  You cannot attend a tour without pre-registering.
      Cost: Free
      Group: 50 - 100
      Tour Dow AgroSciences’ Global Headquarters Research and Development building, where you will learn how products are discovered and developed while participating in hands-on demonstrations.

      http://www.dowagro.com/

  • Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center, Inc.
    • Greenfield, Ind.
      317-759-9444 ext. 1
      Length of tour: 2 hrs.
      Open: Tues., Oct. 29, 10 a.m. - Noon
      Cost: $15 per person
      Group: 20 - 100
      Attendees will gain a better understanding of therapeutic riding and how it benefits people with a variety of challenges. Learn about veterinary care, therapeutic horseback riding instructions, facility logistics, types of tack used for safe riding of a horse when a person has a disability and speak with a facility farrier.

      http://horses4therapy.org/

  • English’s Buffalo Farm
    • Bainbridge, Ind.
      765-522-7777
      Length of tour: 30 min. - 45 min. (without lunch); 1 hr. - 1 hr. 30 min. (with lunch)
      Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. By appointment only, must call in advance to schedule a tour
      Cost: $4 per person (without lunch); $12 per person (with lunch)
      Group: Unlimited
      Visit this family-owned buffalo farm, watch buffalo roaming and see the handling equipment and pens. While at the farm, enjoy a delicious bison burger.

      http://www.englishsbuffalofarm.com/

  • Equipment Technologies-Apache Sprayers Factory Tour
    • 2201 Hancel Parkway, Mooresville, Ind.
      800-861-2142
      Length of tour: Approximently 1 hr.
      Open: Mon. - Fri., Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Must call in advance to schedule tour.
      Cost: Free
      Group: 2 - 50
      Application is an essential part of agriculture. Don’t miss the opportunity to walk the factory line and get up close to these award-winning self-propelled sprayers with a tour of our Apache sprayer assembling facility. Flash photography is permitted.

      http://www.etsprayers.com/

  • Hilltop Orchids
    • Cloverdale, Ind.
      765-795-6016
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Mon. - Fri., Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 2, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      Cost: Free
      Group: 10 - 60
      Take a greenhouse tour and learn about the species, production, history, breeding and cultivation of orchids.

      http://www.hilltoporchids.com/

  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
    • Indianapolis
      317-492-6747

      Tour 1: Grounds Tour
      Length of tour: 2 hrs.
      Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Cost: $15 per person
      Group: Unlimited
      Tour includes museum admission and a 60-minute guided tour through the Speedway’s rich history. Guests will take a lap on the track, get to stand on the Yard of Bricks and visit the Media Center, Victory Podium and Gasoline Alley.

      Tour 2: Museum and Track Tour
      Length of tour: 1 hr. 30 min.
      Open: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      Cost: $5 per adult, $3 per youth (ages 6-15) (museum only); $5 per adult, $3 per youth (ages 6-15) (track only)
      Group: Unlimited
      Visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum, home to one of the largest and most diversified collections of cars in the world. See more than 30 “Indianapolis 500” winning cars including the winner of the first “Indianapolis 500.” Take a narrated bus tour on the 2 1/2 mile track.

      http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/

  • Kelsay Farms
    • Whiteland, Ind.
      317-535-4136
      amy@kelsayfarms.com
      Length of tour: 2 hrs.
      Open: Daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Group reservations required. Call 317-535-4136 or email amy@kelsayfarms.com to make a reservation
      Cost: $5 per person
      Group: 25 - 100
      Visit the 1970 Star Farmer of America’s dairy farm! Kelsay Farms, a sixth-generation family farm operating since 1837, milks 500 cows three times a day. The tour focuses on the milking system, feed management and manure management. Included is information on dairy foods and nutrition and a dairy snack.

      http://www.kelsayfarms.com/

  • NCAA Hall of Champions
    • Indianapolis, Ind.
      317-917-6404
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Tues. - Sat., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, Noon - 5 p.m.
      Cost: $3 per student, $5 per adult
      Group: Unlimited
      Discover what it takes to be a champion through interactive exhibits for all 23 NCAA sports. To schedule group tours, visit www.ncaahallofchampions.org and click on the FFA logo. Each group scheduled will take the NCAA Hall of Champions challenge, and winners will receive a prize.

      http://www.ncaahallofchampions.org/index.php

  • Tuttle Orchards
    • Greenfield, Ind.
      317-326-2278
      Length of tour: 1 hr., optional 30 min. maze
      Open: Mon. - Sat., Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, Must call in advance to schedule appointment
      Cost: $4 per person, one advisor is free for every 15 students
      Group: 1 - 150
      The group can tour a 150-acre working horticulture operation and see aspects of apple, greenhouse, agritourism and vegetable production. Emphasis is placed on apple production, including pollination, apple storage and processing and cider production. Students can sample apples and cider. Optional corn maze included.

      http://www.tuttleorchards.com/


Illinois Tours

  • GSI Group, LLC
    • Grain Storage- Assumption, Ill.
      217-226-2275
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Tues. - Fri., Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, By appointment only, must call in advance to schedule tour
      Cost: Free, Students under the age of 18 must complete this waiver, with a parent or guardian’s signature, to attend a tour Group: 1 - 60
      Come visit the world’s largest manufacturer of steel bins. Bins are not all the company manufactures. GSI produces grain storage, drying and material handling and manufactures protein systems for poultry and swine. Note the focus listed above for each plant location.
      PLEASE NOTE: Attendees must wear closed-toe shoes and no loose clothing. Eye protection and ear protection will be supplied. No cameras (including cell phones) allowed in the manufacturing facility.

      http://www.gsiag.com/baslc/

  • Keystone Steel & Wire Company
    • Peoria, Ill.
      309-697-7490
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Mon. – Thurs., Oct. 28 – Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. By appointment only
      Cost: Free
      Group: 1 - 100
      Visit Keystone Steel & Wire, one of the largest wire mills in the world with more than 2,000,000 square feet of manufacturing space on more than 1,500 acres. See how the #1 name in ag fencing, Red Brand, is produced.

      http://www.keystonesteel.com/


Ohio Tour

  • Jungle Jim’s International Market
    • Fairfield, Ohio
      513-674-6023
      Length of tour: 1 hr.
      Open: Mon. - Thurs., Oct. 28 - 31, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Fri. Nov. 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
      Cost: $5 per person –each person receives a $2 gift certificate to spend in the store
      Group: 8 - Unlimited
      Take a one-hour guided tour of a six-acre international food paradise…visually entertaining, intellectually stimulating and culturally eye-opening. Samples are also provided.

      http://www.junglejims.com/