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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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Placerville, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great docents, lots of good information, fun walk through the mine. Really nice hiking trails. Great for families, individuals, young and old.

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Munich, Germany
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It was the first time for us to visit gold mine and it was really incredible. The self guided audio guide through the mine is great, you get a lot of information! I would recommend everybody to visit it's great!!

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las vegas
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

There are 2 main sites to see here. The audio guided mine tour is a great way to experience what it would have been like to do deep rock mining. Also see the stamp mill where a guide explains the work done there. My kid also panned for gems and had a blast!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This was OK, a nice little view of how a mine looked but probably best for showing the kids, a little blah for adults so the admission seemed a little high

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Tallahassee, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Gold Bug Park's main attraction is the self-guided tour through the old mine, which is interesting. There is a very small museum (one room), and an opportunity to pan for gold and gemstones. The $2 panning price was certainly cheap, but your chances of finding anything are not great. The panning troughs are filled with sand and gravel from a... More

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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We ventured off to Gold Bug Park after years of living here in the town of Placerville. They have a tour system where you are given a hand held device to use as you walk through. The tour guide is a miner from days of old! You learn the history and how life was back in the day of gold... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We planned a stop on our way home from Tahoe, and I am so glad we did! We took our 7 & 9 year old girls and started in the mine ($18 for our family) where we were given an audio device to take the self guided tour. Took about 20 minutes and was well done. Next we headed to... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 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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34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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