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Hangtown's Gold Bug Park

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Address: 2635 Gold Bug Lane, Placerville, CA 95667
Phone Number: (530) 642-5207
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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You'll step back in time when you enter Gold Bug Park! It'a a REAL mining...

You'll step back in time when you enter Gold Bug Park! It'a a REAL mining site from the Gold Rush days. Explore the park and then the mining museum. Find your riches in the gem panning trough. Be sure to visit our historic Stamp Mill and working Blacksmith Shop. Hattie's Gift Shop will be open for that special one-of-a-kind memento of your mining experience. Be sure to top off your visit with an audio tour of the Gold Bug Mine (see below; fee applies).

Our Hours:

April thru October: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Daily

November thru March: 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM on Weekends Only

During your self-guided audio tour of the Gold Bug you'll hear a California Gold Rush miner tell about the tools he used to get at that elusive yellow metal - GOLD! As you enter the 352 foot drift of this hard rock mine, you will feel the cool air brush against your face.

Activity Suggestions:

Bring a picnic lunch. Take a relaxing hike suitable for all ages along our dog-friendly trails. Check out the gold rush museum and perhaps stumble upon a lively blacksmith or a "real" 49er to share stories of the good ol' days. Gold Bug Park promises to be a wonderful experience for you and your family. Outdoor Pavilion rental available for groups of up to 75 people - suitable for summer graduations, family picnics, weddings, reunions, and more.

For Schools: We offer educational and entertaining guided tours for both schools and private groups. Contact the park to bring your California history curriculum to life.

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Experience a real Gold Mine

Great for all ages if you want to know more about gold mining in California. Especially good for kids. You get to wear a hard hat and walk through a rel gold mine with an audio... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
Wendy C
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Placerville, California
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Placerville, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Great for all ages if you want to know more about gold mining in California. Especially good for kids. You get to wear a hard hat and walk through a rel gold mine with an audio tour. don't for get to go up the hill to the stamp mill. They have an exact replica in a smaller size that they... More 

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1 Thank Wendy C
Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I've been hauling visiting guests over to Gold Bug park since I was a kid. It's well worth your time! The docents are friendly, the price is cheap, the gift shop has plenty of souvenirs for the kids, and the setting is beautiful. Bring a picnic lunch and cool your heels in the back of the mine. It's an adventure... More 

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1 Thank JoePetunia
Elk Grove, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

The gold mine tour was neat although, in my opinion, a bit over-priced at $7 per person. The little museum above the gift shop was also very interesting. No need to move your car up the hill as the walk from the gift shop/mine to the blacksmith and stamp mill is not that far. The blacksmith worker was very friendly... More 

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Hegins, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Just enough...a short informative walk into a gold mine with recorded tour. A display of various rocks and minerals and a small gift shop along with a trough for panning gold are fun for old and young alike. The highlight was the Stamping House where Hugh explained the ore refining process while adding drama to the stories of stage coach... More 

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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

I visited with my elderly father. The staff are super friendly and very knowledgeable. The layout is good, a few sites to visit within one park. We visited the mine and the stamp mill and the museum. My father thoroughly enjoyed himself and I would highly recommend visiting to anyone young or old, with or without children. There's something for... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The tour of the mine is awesome, as is the Stamp Mill and the Blacksmith Shop. We learned a lot about mining for gold.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Not sure what about it just did not grab anyone in our family. The people were nice, but it was nothing special.

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Thank QueenK1980
Sacramento, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Walk in a small mine to get kicked out because of a kids tour. Poor planning on their part. Guide was very rude to me as well as several adults way to deep in his character. Way to show kids how to be rude. Waste of my time and money would not even rate this a 1 star Very disappointing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

The mine tour was ok... $7 per person for a mp3 /self guided Gold Bug Mine tour. The information was good on the tour. However, the real stars of the operation are in the Blacksmithing and Stamp House area. The people are all volunteers and love what they do. We were talking to the blacksmith for quite a while. He... More 

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3 Thank Annika A
Northern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Stopped after a trip to apple hill. Short self guided audio tour thru the mine. Am glad for the hard hat as mine ceiling was low! Felt good in cool mine after 95 degree heat outside. Enjoyed brief history of the mine and also the stamp mill history.

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