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Hangtown's Gold Bug Park

Log Cabin Ravine Drive off Bedford Ave., Placerville, CA 95667
530 642 5232
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Ranked #2 of 10 attractions in Placerville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mines, Parks
Activities: Prospecting
Description: A place to see one of the old gold mines.
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English first
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

This was a wonderful end to our travels for the day. Took the mine self guided tour and experienced the life in a mine. The went to the stamp mill where "Black Bart" gave us a tour and history lesson, could have stayed there all day. A great stop, plan on 2 hours or more if you want to pan... More

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CANOGA PARK
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

As clearly stated on the Web-site, there is no admission to the gold mine tour if it is less than a half-hour before closing. We came from a distance & rushed to get there, arriving 3 mins. before the deadline, We were graciously allowed to take the self-guided tour which we easily finished in about 20 mins. The audio tape... More

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Wheatland, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

While in town we decided to check out the Gold Bug Park. It was very easy to find. We toured the mine which was only $5 per person. You wear a hard hat and a little device that gives you information about the mine as you walk through. It was a little chilly inside, but not too bad. After touring... More

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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The new blacksmith shop is an awesome additional to a El Dorado County icon. They are really knowledgeable about the craft and you can watch them create some pretty cool stuff.

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Placerville, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Although I live close by I hadn't been to the park for quite a while when I decided to take my grandson who was visiting from Idaho. The park has been improving for years. The mine has an audio program that is explains the basics of hard rock mining. The docents who volunteer there are informative and interesting. The stamp... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Went for girl scout event friendly staff. We did the gem/gold panning and also went into one of the mines. Nice giftshop with items priced for taking home a trinket or two.

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Placerville, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

lovely 60 acre park with gold mines, stamp mill, working blacksmith shop, and opportunties to spend money at the gift shop. park is free - mine tour with head set and hard hat is $5.00. also sometimes, black bart is there and the fellow who brings him to life is quite good. check out his realistic looking wooden shotgun. park... More

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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96 reviews 96 reviews
32 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

If you've never been in a mine, this is a fun tour. The headsets and narration provided during the tour is interesting, and gives everybody a unique experience at their own pace. The museum and gift shop are typical for a small museum like this one, so don't expect too much.

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Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
27 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

This was our second visit to Gold Bug Park. Yesterday we took two grandchildren, ages 4 & 6 to the attraction. This was our second visit and the first with young children. It was very educational for all and we all had a great time. The kids were especially intrigued by the blacksmith and also at the panning for gold... More

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Beijing
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

We spent an hour here with 5 kids, ages 3-8, and they loved it. They were less interested in the mine than the panning for gemstones, but it held their attention for a lot longer than we expected. The setting is quiet and shady. Very nice place to visit.

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