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“Fun For Kids”

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
Ranked #1 of 3 Tours in Lititz
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Owner description: The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, established in 1861, is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. As of August 2007, the site is under new ownership. The bakery and store have been completely renovated and are now operated once again by the Sturgis family. Visitors can tour the original pretzel bakery, see soft pretzels being made by hand, and find pretzels baked by the oldest pretzel baking family in the United States.
seven valleys, pa
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76 reviews
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“Fun For Kids”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2012

The pretzel factory is a fun way for kids to learn more about the PA pretzel making experience with a hands-on opportunity to make and bake your own. Yum!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Hungry for a pretzel snack?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

Have you ever really thought of how 1 of your favorite snack foods was made? Or what its history is? How was it invented? If so, then this is the place to visit. Founded in 1861, the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery is the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. You get to tour the original bakery and get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting (disappointingly, not with real dough). Though not used anymore for baking its well-known and loved hard pretzels (that's done in nearby Shillington, just outside of Reading), it was still interesting to tour the original bakery. It was quaint and a bit too touristy, but enjoyable. The tour guide, Zachary, was obviously speaking a very scripted story-line and thus seemed a little phony. Overall, this is worth the trip and the $3 admission fee. After the tour, you get a free sample bag of pretzels and can purchase any number of other pretzel products. They also sell t-shirts, which I would have purchased had they been cheaper (they were over priced at $15.00).

Visited March 2012
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Maryland
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24 reviews
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“Learn to twist pretzels”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

The 30 minute tour allows you into the original bakery where you twist a soft pretzel and see the pretzel ovens. (You don't cook your pretzel; you leave the ball of dough for the next tour). The price of the ticket gets you a free snack bag of sample pretzels. You can buy hard and soft pretzels in the gift shop. Free parking in the back.
We went to Wilbur Buds Chocolate Co. afterward.

Visited March 2012
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North New Jersey
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“Awesome Pretzels”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

For a few bucks you can take a tour of the back of house where the pretzels were originally made, and try your hand at twisting your own pretzel while learning a little history. The shop area is on the small side, but be sure to grab a box of Dutch style sourdough hard pretzels. They last forever and are an awesome snack! (And grab a soft pretzel to go, too!) The whole street is a nice walk of quaint shops, too.

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Campbelltown, Pennsylvania
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“Great place to take kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

Make your own yummy pretzel with a tour! Nice gift shop if you are in the mood for flavored pretzels

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