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“Absolute must”

Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory
Ranked #1 of 22 Food & Drink in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Discover how tea is made on a tour that includes a video, a walk through the Celestial Herb Garden, a tour of the tea bag factory and a visit to the aromatic Mint Room.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
New Jersey
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Absolute must”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

This is an enjoyable stop for ages 5 and up. (children under five are not allowed on the tour.) Pay attention to the street names as you enter; they are tea names, such as Sleepytime drive. Also, the fields surrounding are filled with prairie dogs popping up, the kids just loved it!!!!
You begin in the tasting room where they give you a china cup to sample hot and iced teas, which they have about twenty urns out to help yourself. In addition, you can ask the servers to sample anything the company sells, including the Kombucha and some teas they only sell at the factory itself. This was a wonderful way to try out some flavors without committing to an entire box!
You then watch an interesting video of the history of the company, followed by a guided tour of the factory itself, where you learn all about tea, herbs, where they buy their supplies, how they clean, mix and test them, etc. My favorite bit is the Peppermint room where the fragrance is pungent and heady and wonderful!!!! The machinery mixing, packaging and palleting the teas is fascinating, as is the distribution information.
It does not bother me at all that it funnels you out through the gift shop. Their teas are all sold in there, along with interesting gifts and treats, I love the gift shop! I load up on teas, which they will ship for you upon request, and help myself to the big deep sale bin of boxes for a dollar! The staff are very friendly and helpful.
They have wheelchairs upon request, there is a cafe there, and this place is something you just cant do anywhere else. We go every time we visit Denver area!!!!

Visited January 2014
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“Worth the stop (by car)”
Reviewed January 12, 2014

Amazing visit and guided tour, free samples of tea, great gift shop. And their teas are delicious!
Part of my experience was to get there by public transportation on a Sunday... very difficult. Few 205 buses run on Sunday they do not stop closer to the CS Factory: I had to walk for about 12 minutes to get there (OK but would not have done it under rain or snow). It might be easier to ride the bus there on the other days of the week and definitely easier by car.
Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The tour is completely free. No pressure at all to buy anything from the store.

Visited January 2014
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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Good way to kill and hour, or so.”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

It was snowing in Boulder today so we decided to take the tour of Celestial Seasonings. It was okay but not much more than that. I wondered if the whole point was to funnel us into the gift shop, where the tour ended. Maybe the tour is more interesting during weekdays when the production machines are running.
While waiting for your tour to begin you'll be offered tea samples in small, ceramic cups. I watched staff simply rinsing the used cups and placing them on a tray. If that's the complete cleaning process, you don't want to be putting your lips on those cups unless you enjoy living dangerously.
None of this detracts from the fact that I love their teas.

Visited January 2014
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Don't miss this free tour”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

This is a great tour to take with your family. Not only do you get to sample great tasting tea blends, but the tour is very educational and well done. Definitely recommend a visit to Celestial Seasonings when you're in Boulder.

Visited December 2013
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The Villages, Florida
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“A must see stop or the tea lover!”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

This is such a friendly fun stop on a trip to Boulder or the Denver area. Free tours area given every 15 minutes but it can get very busy on weekends and holidays. FDA regulations prevent children from under 5 in the factory. Your "ticket" is a free tea bag and you begin the experience with free tea samples in the waiting area while viewing all the art work thru the years for their boxes. Your factory tour begins with donning a hairnet and a short video history of the company. Once into the factory you view a milling room, inhale the powerful aromas of the mint teas and watch the assembly line in progress. The whole experience takes about 30 min. once the video begins. You spill into the gift shop at the end. If you go online, you can print out a coupon for a free box of tea with a $12.00 purchase. Been there a few times and it's always fun. The Boulder Winery is nearby so you can go from tea to wine in one afternoon. There is also a free standing cafe area.

Visited December 2013
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