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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 #3 of 11 attractions in Placerville
Type: Mines, Parks
Activities: Prospecting
Description: A place to see one of the old gold mines.
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Wheatland, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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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
6 helpful votes 6 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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31 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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24 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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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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Campbell, California
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3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Honestly dissapointing - I think for younger kids (mine are 13 and 15) might have been better but they were not very engaged. It is inexpensive but very short and can get crowded in the mine when several people are on tour at same time. Great site for 4th grade trip I imagine - better use of this park would... More

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Placerville, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The museum here is very informative and the surrounding park is shady and a great place for a picnic lunch. Stroll by the river and check out the historical site. The for fee gold panning is very fun to do with kids. You will find gold and garnets too!

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