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Autos and Art Glass

Travel to Kokomo, Indiana to discover art glass, automobiles, and delicious culinary experiences.  Whether you are traveling with family, friends, or a group, you won’t want to miss these must-see attractions!

Experience glass at the remarkable Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company (KOG) has been producing art glass in its original Kokomo location since 1888.  KOG is America’s oldest art glass company and was voted Best Factory Tour – Indiana 2011.  Public factory tours are given Tuesday through Friday at 10:00am.  Even if you are not a glass enthusiast, I guarantee you will enjoy this fascinating tour!  Watch as skilled ladlers scoop molten glass from the furnace and carefully mix the hot glass to the exact color and texture desired.  Over 22,000 variations of sheet glass are produced in their facility.  The sheet glass produced in Kokomo is shipped all over the world and used by glass artisans for stained glass windows and custom projects. The tour also includes a trip through the KOG Hot Glass Studio.  Watch as expert artists create unique blown, pressed, and hand-cast glass items.  Most blown glass art items are available to purchase in the OP Shop, including suncatchers, stunning bowls and vases, perfume bottles, jewelry, beads, and other beautiful items!  You can find more info and shop online at kog.com.

Feather Vases produced at the KOG Hot Glass Studio

Kokomo has a rich history of automotive heritage and industry, starting with America’s First Car, developed in 1894 by Kokomo resident Elwood Haynes.  Visitors can see a 1905 Haynes automobile at the Elwood Haynes Museum and explore his former residence, now filled with exhibits chronicling his life as an inventor and the auto industry in Kokomo.  Then, visit the Kokomo Automotive Museum.  With over 100 antique and classic automobiles, including several made in Kokomo, this tour will take you on a wonderful trip through the past.  Exhibits include a replica of America’s First Car built by Elwood Haynes and a 1950’s diner, along with many other auto-related memorabilia.  All ages will enjoy this wonderful collection!  Visit KokomoAutomotiveMuseum.org for tour information & photos.

Take a stroll through the past at the Kokomo Automotive Museum

While in Kokomo, enjoy a delicious meal or tasty treat at one of the local eateries.  From hand-breaded tenderloins to old-fashioned ice cream sodas, Kokomo cuisine can be found on 9 different Indiana Culinary Trails.  Visit a local brewery, drive-in, candy shop, or locally-owned family restaurant for great food only found in Kokomo.  Visit the Indiana Foodways website for more on Indiana’s Culinary Trails.

For more information on Kokomo or to plan a visit, call 800.837.0971, check out  VisitKokomo.org or download the new Visit Kokomo Mobile App on your Apple or Android smartphone.  Plan your next getaway in Kokomo for an adventure filled with autos and art glass!  

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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.