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Columbia State Historic Park

S.R. 49, Columbia, CA
209-532-4301
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks, Historic Sites
Activities: Prospecting, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: This historic Gold Rush town was made a state park in 1945. Between the 1850s and 1870s over one-half billion dollars in gold (at today's value) was... more » Owner description: This historic Gold Rush town was made a state park in 1945. Between the 1850s and 1870s over one-half billion dollars in gold (at today's value) was mined in the area. « less
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Oakdale, CA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Columbia State Park was and still is a real town. It is a very nice place to spend an afternoon. They have several events during the year to dipict the gold rush era. One that I like is in November and December where the Candy Kitchen makes real candy canes the old fassioned way. There is also regular plays at... More

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Manteca, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Tourist trap. Just shops with nothing that interesting or old/historic to buy. If you have children who have panned for gold they might like it but that too is not very authentic feeling.

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Livermore, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Maybe I was there on the wrong day (although it was a Sunday in March), but it just seemed kind of dead. Yes, we did a stagecoach ride. Yes, we panned for gold. We had tea at the tea house. We bowled with wooden balls and pins on an old saloon bowling alley lane. Each of those things was exactly... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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129 reviews 129 reviews
71 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We had a quick stroll through the park. The historic theme is taken all over the place, also the waitresses in restaurants etc The bowling is pretty fun. The gold panning for the kids looked fun as well.

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Delhi, California, United States
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

I've been to Columbia State Historic Park many times, and I particularly enjoy the candy store (delicious fudge and several other types of candy). You can catch a ride in a stagecoach, pan for gold, or just walk down the middle of the street like taking a step back in time. Even my young children find it a fun-filled adventure,... More

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Canton, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We had traveled to Angels Camp not really knowing much about the area. We spent about 1/2 day at Columbia - was great fun and very educational (my lady and I both enjoy history).

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San Jose, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Family Friendly-great for school aged kids. Needs more rangers-docents-volunteers to add to the historical information. We especially enjoyed the costume photography place to get a glimpse of us as cowboys. Parking good. Easy walk. Mostly commercial businesses.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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117 reviews 117 reviews
28 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We had a fun family day here but we all agreed the park is getting a bit old and the attractions are mostly places which sell something. There were no rangers or park personnel to explain about the buildings or areas. We were on our own. The children enjoyed panning for gold but this was expensive for a family with... More

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Sacramento, CA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

It was a 3 hour drive to get there and we spent about 15 minutes there. They are lacking in informational signs on buildings and in a lot of areas to tell you what the buildings were and what their history was. A couple had sheets in the window with a short writeup but nothing real impressive and only on... More

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Sacramento, CA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Columbia State Historic Park is a great day trip from California's central valley. There is ample free parking and many historical attractions for families with children as wells as for empty nester's. Currently, the park is decorated for the holidays with evergreen boughs and red ribbons. There are numerous picnic tables, public restrooms, and several fun little shops. Historical things... More

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