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Smith Ranch and Julian Gold Mining Railroad

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Address: Julian, CA
Phone Number: 1-760-765-2288
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Fun and informative for all ages.

We decided to take my 4th grade son here after he finished his Gold Rush lesson in class. It was awesome. Very informative. The owners are the tour guides and they are beyond... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We decided to take my 4th grade son here after he finished his Gold Rush lesson in class. It was awesome. Very informative. The owners are the tour guides and they are beyond friendly and welcoming. The kids even got to ride a train cart and we're pushed out of the mine in it, Indiana Jones style is what the... More 

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Imperial, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

The Tour was very informational and fun. The Smith Ranch has amazing scenery to take in. There was also a little playground. The Smith family has a rich history that they tell about the gold rush and their own family. You get to ride in a little train to each stop where you are told about the history about that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The train ride and tour of the mine was very cool and fun. You get to see where the gold veins were and his collection of artifacts gd found when cleaning out of the mine. My kids loved it. It was also very educational. The people that run the ranch and farm were super nice. We never got any Mormon... More 

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Easthampton MA
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The Julian Gold Mine and the Julian Museum are sites one should not ignore. The gold mine is an actual trip into another big gold strike in American history. The Museum has the largest collection of period lace in the US. The museum artifacts are clearly labeled and easy to understand. The docent is a wealth of knowledge. As you... More 

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Ramona, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I have experienced the Smith Ranch - Julian Train tour on two occasions. The first visit included three grandchildren (ages 5 - 9) and their parents. We all thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The children especially liked the activities, but also learned from the narratives which we all enjoyed. My second visit included a couple of long time friends who have... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I took our 3 year old son and my mother (who was visiting from Indiana) to Smith Ranch last Christmas. The experience was strange and awkward and the veiled attempt at pushing the LDS robbed it of any fun. While it was advertised as a train ride with family activities and a tour of the gold mine,... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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34 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My children, ages 10 and 10, and my husband and I really enjoyed this tour. I had to call to make the reservation, and bring exact cash to pay. It was a very informative tour with things for the kids to do. It was outstanding and am glad we were able to go on their tour.

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Enschede, The Netherlands
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Smith family have worked very hard preserving some of Julian's gold mining history and did an excellent job. My familly and I got a private tour and learned alot not just about Julian but also about the grounds and the family history.

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Plain City, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We took the train & gold mine tour in June 2014. The tour was run by several members of the family that has been excavating and restoring the gold mine. It is clearly a labor of love for them, and they are still exploring and making new discoveries. Their passion carries throughout the tour. Instead of a bored tour guide... More 

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San Diego
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6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is more than just a train ride, it is a history of Julian and the gold mining era of San Diego. The Smith's make it educational and fun and interactive! Very good for children especially if studying California history.

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