Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery Tour in Lititz

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery Tour in LititzOnce or twice a month we like to take our 8 year old granddaughter out for an educational “play date”. We like to visit zoo’s, wildlife parks, museums, national & state parks, aquariums and all kinds of other things. It’s a great way to have some bonding time with her, while giving her an education and having some family fun.

A couple of months ago we took a day trip down to Lititz Pennsylvania. Lititz is about a 40-45 minute drive from our home and is about 6 miles north of the city of Lancaster. If you’re familiar with the area, Lititz is in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery Tour in Lititz

We decided to visit the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery and take their tour. Here’s a little bit of history about the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery.

In 1861, Julius Sturgis opened America’s first commercial pretzel bakery in Lititz, Pennsylvania. More than 150 years later, the Sturgis family is still making pretzels and giving visitors a unique view into the history of pretzel baking in America.

During the 20 minute tour…we tried our hand at rolling out faux pretzel dough and twisting it into a pretzel shape. Our tour guide was really great and during our lesson on pretzel twisting, he also gave us some history on how the company got started and where pretzels originated from.

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery Tour in Lititz

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery Tour in Lititz

After we were done in this section we moved on over to the old brick ovens and barrels that were used during the baking process. Our guide told us how they used to let the dough rise in big wooden barrels overnight, how the dough was then formed into pretzels and ultimately how they were baked in the old brick ovens. It was really interesting to learn the history and to see some of the old tools of the trade.

Towards the end of our tour we got to watch another guy roll out real pretzel dough and form it into the pretzel shape. He made an entire tray of  soft pretzels and placed them into a modern day oven to bake. You can purchase them in the gift shop after the tour. We did and let me tell you, they were delicious!

Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery Tour in Lititz

After the tour we browsed around the gift & bakery shop and purchased some Julius Sturgis pretzel snacks, refrigerator magnets, a t-shirt and some pretzel-shaped pencils for our granddaughter’s souvenirs.

You can visit the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery website to learn more about the company and if you’re interested in the educational tour, you’ll find the days and times posted right on their site. Our family had a great time and highly recommend this family-friendly activity if you’re going to be in the Hershey, Lititz and/or Lancaster areas. Fun!

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  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    It would be a lot of fun to watch how pretzels are made. I would love to goon a tour of this place.

  2. What a fun and fascinating adventure. We take our grandchildren on play dates to all the usual places like the zoo and science center but never thought of dong something like this. I am going to explore these types of options that might be nearby.

  3. ellen beck says:

    I always enjoy your travel posts. These type of tours are always fun. It is neat to see how products are made. You are in pretzel country! I bet they were fantastic so fresh!

  4. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I have never heard of anything like this. What a fun idea for a playdate!

  5. I wish I lived closer to this! I would love to take a tour and learn how to make these pretzels!! How fun!!

  6. Peggy Nunn says:

    What a great play/learning date. I wish my granddaughters lived closer so I could do that. You are lucky.

  7. What a fun tour for you and your granddaughter. I’ve never tried making pretzels.

  8. Susan Hartman says:

    My daughter & I were there about 4 years ago. We had such a lovely weekend.

  9. I remember going on tours like this when I was a child and it was so fun. This one sounds like fun for the entire family.