SUMMER GUIDE: Visit Theo Chocolate Factory, Redhook Brewery and more.

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So many places to go and things to see. You might be surprised at what you can tour in the Seattle area. Lace up your walking shoes and head out the door. And (what?) you could learn a thing or two.

THEO CHOCOLATE: One-hour tour of Seattle’s very own chocolate factory. Children 5 and younger no longer permitted on standard factory tour. $10, 3400 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; 206-632-5100 or theochocolate.com.

CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE and nearby REDHOOK BREWERY: Free 35-minute winery tours with tasting, daily, no appointment required. Garden tour Tuesdays and Thursdays ($10), call for appointment, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; 425-415-3633 or ste-michelle.com. Daily brewery tours, no reservations, $5 for ages 5 and older, tasting for 21 and older. 314300 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; 425-483-3232 or redhook.com.

Summer Guide 2015

Event calendars

SEATTLE ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION TOURS: Youth and family, downtown and community guided walking tours available. Tours typically given Thursdays-Saturdays (excluding major holidays). Private tours also available; $15 in advance, $25 at the door. 206-667-9184 or seattlearchitecture.org.

KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK: Walking tours (60-90 minutes) of the Pioneer Square Historical District will be led at 2 p.m. Fridays-Sundays from June 14 to Sept. 7, 2015. Tours begin at the park’s visitor center. Free, 319 Second Ave. S., Seattle; 206-220-4240 or nps.gov/klse/planyourvisit/things2do.htm.

THEATER TOURS: Free tours of four of Seattle’s entertainment venues. Paramount Theatre tours are held the first Saturday of each month (911 Pine St.), Moore Theatre tours are held the second Saturday of each month (1932 Second Ave.), Neptune Theatre tours are held the third Saturday of each month (1303 N.E. 45th St.). Gather at each venue by 10 a.m.; details at stgpresents.org. Free tours of the 5th Avenue Theatre (1308 Fifth Ave.) are held most Mondays around noon. Preregistration required. 206-625-1418 or 5thavenue.org.

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