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Crater of Diamonds State Park

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Address: 209 State Park Rd, Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Phone Number: 870-285-3113
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Activities: Prospecting
Description: The only diamond mine in North America open to the public.

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Fun but dirty

Took my son over Spring Break. It had rained for several days so not sure if it is typically that muddy. It wasn't that crowded but we were not successful in finding a diamond but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Allen, Texas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Not that the statistics should bar you from visiting, the odds that you will find anything are next to nothing, and that is if you actually know what you are doing. Half of the fun is building your own boxes to separate the material by size and working the wet sluice. The trick then is to find the fine sands... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Took my son over Spring Break. It had rained for several days so not sure if it is typically that muddy. It wasn't that crowded but we were not successful in finding a diamond but did find other stones and a couple of fossils (bone fragments). Be sure to take extra clothes, shoes and socks and it wouldn't hurt to... More 

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Tullahoma, Tennessee
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12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Don't come here if you don't want to get dirty! Because I promise, you won't leave clean. But it is great fun!! The entry fee is $8 per person. Equipment is available for rental. I recommend bringing a shovel, a hand trowel, and a bucket and only renting the screen set. Also bring a wagon or something to haul your... More 

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Batesville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

It had rained and was a huge mud pit, but the kids and family had fun. The staff is absolutely amazing and kind. Bonnie, YOU ROCK!

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Enid, Oklahoma, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We went last week during spring break and apparently it was going to be raining the whole time we were there. It cost $8 per person you can rent screens to do the wet sifting. There is a food cart outside by the mine we didn't ever eat there, we just brought our lunch and went back to our truck... More 

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We spent time two days on Spring Break when the weather was cool and one day especially was dreary but it was an adventure. Definitely listen to the reviews that say to wear old shoes or rain boots and be prepared to be muddy, dirty, and worn out with little to show for it. Don't get your hopes up about... More 

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Rogers, AR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

After living in Arkansas for the last 30 years, we finally got to visit the Crater of Diamonds!! We have 3 boys under age 11 and they were so excited about digging for diamonds. It is such a beautiful drive to get to the state park, which is just outside of the small town of Murfreesboro. We were surprised by... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

not worth getting dirty for. Very picked over - very crowded - lots of work for no reward. Your day is better spent going up towards Hot Springs or Mt Ida and dig for quartz crystals. Do not recommend this activity. Was a a wasted day for our family - not one of us enjoyed it.

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Arkansas State ... R, Manager at Crater of Diamonds State Park, responded to this review

Thank you to all for your recent reviews (in the past 4 weeks). We, the staff, can appreciate the comments about the “muddy muck”. This has been unusual weather for us since the end of February until now. At this time, for the March 2015 we have experienced an average high temperature of 59° F and an average low of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

This is our favorite way to spend spring break!!! If it has recently rained bring boots the 'mud' is thick like clay and can swallow shoes. Don't forget an extra change of clothes you can get VERY dirty.

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Denton, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

i have never been so muddy or laughed so hard as we all fell, got stuck, and rescued each other from the muck! My son quickly tired of digging and coming up empty, but entertained himself building a dam and laughing at the mess we made.

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