The Mercedes-Benz US International Visitor Center and Factory tour can be found in the Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. The Visitor Center Museum is closed on holidays and weekends. Tours of the factory can be taken by reservation on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The times four tours are 9am, 9:15am, 12:30pm and 12:45pm. There is a fee for admission to take the tour.
The Visitor Center/ Museum at the facility are open from 8:30am until 4:30pm Monday through Friday. There are some guidelines surrounding the Mercedes-Benz US International Visitor Center and Factory Tour that visitors are asked to abide by while in the facility. The guidelines are to ensure that the facility is enjoyed while visitors remain safe and everyone in a group is expected to know and follow them.
Wheelchairs while not provided are allowed on the tour of the facility although walkers, crutches and canes are not. There are no cameras allowed and cell phones have to be turned off. There is no smoking allowed on the property.
Everyone wishing to take the Mercedes-Benz US International Visitor Center and Factory Tour must be twelve years of age or older. The leaders of tour groups are asked to pay using cash, check or credit card. The charge is $5 per person for the tours, groups with ten or more people pay a rate of $4 per person.
There is a dress code while touring the manufacturing facility that is in place to assure the safety of visitors. There are no shorts or open toed shoes allowed on the tour. Skirts or dresses should come down a minimum of two inches below the kneed. All shirts must have sleeves and visitors are asked to wear a shoe with a rubber sole. All those over 18 must have a valid ID. There are no briefcases, backpacks or like items allowed although ladies can carry a purse; security maintains the right to search items.
There are some other considerations for taking the Mercedes-Benz US International Visitor Center and Factory Tour to keep in mind. Visitors should be sure to allow additional time in the event of delays and to allow them to park to prevent forfeiting the tour by arriving late. Groups must have only the amount of people that were confirmed for the tour because of the limited amount of space. Visitors may wish to give themselves extra time for the gift shop and museum. A list of participants must be sent to the facility ten days before the tour.
The facility can be reached from Interstate 59/ Interstate 20 and use the 89 exit. Follow it to Mercedes Drive and the building with the Mercedes Star and wavy roof is the Visitor Center. There is a blue sign to lead you to the center. Groups are asked to arrive fifteen minutes before the scheduled tour time in order to register. To avoid a fee cancellations have to be done three business days prior to the tour. The tour last an hour and a half and covers about two miles.
Anyone that wishes to obtain additional information about the tour and guidelines should contact the facility directly.