Behind-the-scene tours often present visitors with shocking discoveries—for instance, that Tom Brokaw is actually an old George H.W. Bush animatronic robot that was found in a dumpster. Fill your head with factoids and 23 fluid flavors with today's Groupon: for $6, you get two adult tickets to tour the Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company, plus two Frosty Peppers (up to a $13.50 value). Children ages 6–12 and senior citizens can enter for $2, and children under 6 are free.
Featured in the Dallas Observer and included in the Texas bucket list of Texas Monthly, Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company delights soda seekers with its fizz-laden history as the oldest Dr Pepper bottler in existence. As one of the only Dr Pepper plants left to use Imperial cane sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup, Dublin Dr Pepper takes tour-goers on a journey through the soft drink's storied start, with glimpses of the still-operating antique bottling line and peeks at rare Dr Pepper memorabilia in the museum, including buttons from the soft drink's brief stint as Hubert Humphrey's running mate in 1968. Thirsty throats end up in Old Doc's Soda Shop for chilly sips of Frosty Pepper, a milkshake flavored with Dublin Dr Pepper syrup. Tour takers can savor the day's sights and bubbly flavors with offerings from the gift store, including take-home cases of 8-ounce Dublin Dr Pepper and other soda-centric souvenirs.
Dublin Bottling Works
In 1885, behind the counter of Wade Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store on the corner of Six Shooter Junction in Waco, Texas, pharmacist Charles Adlerton was struck by an idea. After observing how much patrons loved the combined scent of the many ingredients hidden within the soda fountain, he decided to create a drink that captured all their properties. He wound up inventing Dr Pepper, and after one sip, Dublin Bottling Works owner Sam Houston Prim knew he wanted to sell it. Though the famous drink and plant have since parted ways, Dublin Bottling Works continues to celebrate that original legacy by crafting pure-cane-sugar sodas in chilled glass bottles, the way their employees have for more than 100 years.
Today, the bottlers' products find their way onto shelves all around the nation, and they invite visitors to come watch them while they work. They lead tours through their historic plant and the memorabilia-laden museum that now occupies their original offices. At the end of the tour, they make a stop in Old Doc's Soda Shop, where visitors can sample their products from an old fashioned soda fountain and buy bottled goods to drink at home or shake vigorously and then offer to neighbors who keep eating your newspapers.