Private Hive Tours

Book a private hive tour for yourself and your family or friends!

Depending on your preferences, a private tour can be a fun, hands-on experience with family members, as double or triple date, or a friends outing. You can include 1 to 10 people (age recommendation 4+) and your tour can be customized to suit your individual preferences and goals for what you're looking for as an experience or to learn about beekeeping. I arrange these tours directly with my clients, accommodating their preferred date and time as closely as possible. 


hive tour guests and beehive guest takes picture of bees  beekeeper shows tour guests a frame of bees

General Timeline of activities:
Bee Talk: ~20 minutes - Learn about the different types of bees in the hive and what they do + how honey, wax, pollen and propolis are made. We'll take a few minutes for safety instructions before we move on to inspecting hives.
Hive inspections: ~30 minutes - Gear up in a bee suit and walk through a hive inspection with the beekeeper. Use what you’ve learned to try to find the queen, drones, pollen, honey, eggs, and larvae on your own in another hive.
Candle Making: ~20 minutes - We'll show you how to make a rolled beeswax candle to take home with you. Bee suits can get quite hot on a warm summer day, so cold water will be provided during candle making. Ask any final questions and learn more about the ways you can use honey and hive products in your everyday life!

In the past I have also offered honey tasting with cheeses and baguette instead of the candle-making and I am happy to customize your tour to include this or sub it in place of candle-making if desired.

Private tours usually take around 1.5 to 2 hours. Tours can be booked June through mid-August, and I will work with you to arrange a date and time that suits both of us. Suit sizing is listed below, and we require you to bring (or wear) jeans, long socks and close-toed shoes to add to your personal protection.

Huckleberry Hives has a small stock of protective gear in the following sizes:

  • 2 x children's suits (age 2-5)
  • 1 x adult small suit (fits kids 6+)
  • 3 x adult large suits
  • 3 x adult large bee jackets w/ veils (you will need long socks & jeans)
  • 1 x adult 3XL suit 
  • 1 x adult 4XL suit
  • assorted gloves to protect hands
To book a private tour, please visit our Contact Us page and send along an email with several dates & times that you're interested in.  Not looking to book a full group? You can book single tickets via my current tour listings by clicking here.