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The Ultimate Glass Experience

It is no surprise why Kokomo Opalescent Glass (KOG) is one of Kokomo’s most visited attractions. From families to large tour groups, visits are often requested for the KOG factory tour. The fascinating tour takes you behind-the-scenes through the glass-making process from start to finish. I have taken the tour multiple times and learn something new each time I visit!

Molten glass ladled from the 12-pot furnace at KOG

In business since 1888, Kokomo Opalescent Glass is America’s oldest art glass company. During the tour, watch as ladles of hot, molten glass are carried from the furnace and carefully poured and cooled into sheets of beautiful art glass. In fact, KOG makes over 22,000 variations of sheet glass! The glass is packaged and shipped all around the world to be used in a variety of projects by glass artists.

Master glass blower Jon Wolfe in KOG's Hot Glass Studio

The factory tour also includes a look into the KOG Hot Glass Studio where skilled glass blowers create custom and unique items. A variety of colorful gift items made from Kokomo glass, including suncatchers, paperweights, votive candle holders, vases, ornaments, and even marbles are sold in the OP Shop, the factory’s retail gift shop. If  you enjoy glass, the OP Shop is a feast for the eyes!

Due to increased demand for factory tours, new tour hours have been recently added! Public tours are now offered weekdays Tuesday – Friday at 10:00 a.m. General admission is $5 and student admission $2.  Group tours are scheduled by appointment only. Visit their website for tour requirements and guidelines.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the tour at Kokomo Opalescent Glass. It is well worth the visit! Kokomo Opalescent Glass is located at 1310 South Market St. in Kokomo. For more information, visit their website or call 765-457-1829 or 877-703-4290.

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Written by : Sherry has been the Visitor Information Specialist at the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau since 2002. She enjoys greeting visitors, assisting group tours, and maintaining Kokomo's tourism blog, website, and social media initiatives (Facebook & Twitter). Sherry and her husband, Shane, have one son, Peyton.