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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Mines, Outdoors
Activities: Prospecting
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Owner description: A place to see one of the old gold mines.

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Placerville, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This small park has a gold mine that you can tour and visit a stamp mill. The mine in horizontal, rather than vertical so it is an easy walk thru, just watch your head. That is why they give you a hard hat! You can also try panning for gold and enjoy the small gift shop. Nice place for a... More

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Sacramento, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This little place is well worth a stop. For $6, you are admitted into the mine shaft, along with an audio device that gives you information as you proceed. Having never been in an actual gold mine, I was impressed. Educational, and fun!

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Hayward, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

My husband and i were exploring Placerville Gold Bug Park looked like a great option as i love historical sites. We visited the Stamp Mill first and the docent Keith is a great story teller throughout the whole exhibit he was very informative about the history of the stamp mill. We checked out the museum and the attendant offered us... More

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Rosamond, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

You get to go in the actual mine with a recorder as your tour. We had a lot of fun while getting a history lesson.

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Sacramento, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

My husband and I stayed in Placerville for our mini-honeymoon. We decided to check out some of the gold-mining stuff around the area. We checked out Sutter Mill first, and it was ok, but we LOVED the trip to Gold Bug mine. We went in the middle of the afternoon, and it was so HOT, but once we got into... More

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Placerville, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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18 reviews 18 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
46 helpful votes 46 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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