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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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Nice family experience

The railroad and mine tour is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with young children. The ranch is very nice with lots of things that kids find interesting and amazing. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The railroad and mine tour is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with young children. The ranch is very nice with lots of things that kids find interesting and amazing. The tour is well laid out with lots of things for kids to do. The Smith family takes great pride in their product, right down the the authenticity of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We had a very good time at the mine. Going into the mine was cold but very fun. Make sure you are not hungry there is no food. Have fun

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We had a lot of fun riding the train and playing at the Ranch! It's fun for the kids... The ride and obstacle course it's fun for the whole family. Honey dog is a cute dog! It could be a little bit more entertaining.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

When we were told by our friends that we would be visiting a gold mine I don't think this is quite what I expected but we all had a great time. You start by boarding an open air train (4 to a carriage), close to the car park (a field) so not much walking. The train takes you up the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

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

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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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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Address: Julian, CA
Phone Number: 1-760-765-2288
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Julian

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