Monday - Saturday
7 am - 7 pm
7 am - 5 pm
Closed major holidays Corporate: 8901 North Lander Ave. Visitor Center: 9001 North Lander Ave.
Hilmar, CA 95324 800.577.5772

Public Tours



Learn how cheese is made and explore interactive, hands-on exhibits about cows, dairies and cheesemaking. Watch Daisy’s moooovie. See employees package the “big cheese” – 640-pound crates of cheese.

Hilmar Cheese Theater

Public Ice Cream Making Tour


Come create (and eat) your own ice cream. Take the tour followed by the ice cream activity. Join the fun as you “shake, rattle and roll” to create your own homemade individual ice cream. Fun for all ages, especially those “young at heart.”

  • Spring break – Monday through Friday, call to confirm dates
  • Summer tours – June 1- August 26, Monday – Friday except July 4,  and August 23 or 25
  • Holiday tours – the week of Christmas and week of New Year’s Day

Bus and Group Tours

Stop For The Restrooms - Savor The Cheese!

The best stop along Highway 99 from San Francisco to Yosemite. Free cheese tasting and gourmet food samples, front door drop-off/pick up with ample bus and group parking and motor coach operator and tour director thank you gifts. A great comfort stop with a Café, Peet’s Coffee & Espresso Bar and an ice cream counter. Drop-by buses are welcome. Call ahead and we’ll set out extra samples.

Tour Group Meals by Hilmar Cheese Company Catering

Culinary Agri-tourism! Learn how cheese is made and taste complimentary fresh cheese curds made just prior to your arrival. Enjoy a catered meal featuring our homemade Cheese Chowder Soup and famous Cream Cheese Brownie or Cheese Pie (better than any cheesecake!). We offer buffet or plated served breakfast, lunch, dinner and a dessert sampler! Motor coach operator and tour director meals are complimentary with a catered meal for 25 guests or more. Pricing is inclusive of tax, service charge, and gratuity. If you don’t see what you would like, let us customize a meal for you. For 2017 visits, please select the 2017 menu to the right for updated pricing and selections.

Behind The Scenes Motorcoach Tour

Only available to our motorcoach guests by reservation. Please call 209.656.1196. Our tour guide boards your coach to take a 15-minute drive through the world’s largest cheese and whey manufacturing facility. Only available if you come aboard a bus.

Plan Your Visit

For groups planning a tour, lunch and shopping time, allow about 1.5 hours or so.

School & Youth Tours

Welcome to Cheese University!

Free Public and Private School Tours

Join us for the most fun and educational field trip in the Central Valley! Free for all public schools, private schools and home schools associated with a school district. Organized and led by trained tour guides, safe and fully accessible. All students receive free cheese samples, a hairnet, Daisy’s Dairy “ABCs” and a souvenir pencil.

Pre-K to Adult Free Educational Tour, 30-45 minutes

Students see the Cheese Theatre show and watch employees package “the Big Cheese,” 640-pound crates of cheese. Interactive exhibits use multiple senses, activities and skills to learn about the technology on today’s dairy farms, how farmers care for cows, careers in agriculture, recycling and the health benefits of dairy.

K to Adult Free Ice Cream Making Activity, 90 minutes, Groups of 60 or more

Educational tour plus actual hands-on ice cream making. Each student makes his/her own ice cream during a lesson that integrates science, math and reading while developing listening and direction following skills. A food safety theme is emphasized. Each student will enjoy his/her own personally created ice cream sample.

4th Grade to Adult Tour And FREE Cheesemaking Experience 90 minutes

Educational tour plus actual hands-on cheesemaking. Student teams follow the scientific method to make cheese; measuring volume, weight, time and temperature. The lesson integrates reading, writing, critical thinking, teamwork and decision making to achieve results.  Food safety is emphasized along with nutrition concepts.

  • Free for all public and private schools and homeschools (minimum student group of 10) associated with a school district, reservations required.
  •  Six hands-on exhibit areas, edutaining movie and more
  • Organized and led by trained tour guides, safe and fully accessible.
  • All students receive free cheese samples, a hairnet, Daisy’s Dairy “ABCs” & souvenir pencil
  • School Tour Start Times – 9:30am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm and afternoon times available, Monday through Friday.
  • School Tour Months – January through October (November and December is our Holiday Extravaganza and we do not offer schools tours then).
  • Group Size – Minimum 10 and Maximum of 180 students + chaperones rotating through the program. Groups fewer than 60 students may be combined with other small groups.

Scout Tours Earn a Patch $4 per scout 45-60 minutes

Tours available after school and on weekends by reservation. Choose between the tour and ice cream activity for all ages or tour and cheesemaking activity for scouts 9 years or older.

Virtual Tour

Too far away to visit?  Take our virtual tour:

Closed on Major Holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day