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Ruggles Mine

Route 4, Grafton, NH
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Grafton
Type: Mines
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English first
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I went with my 16 year old daughter and 9 year old son and we had a wonderful day! Not so easy to find an attraction that appeals to that wide and age spread. Guide was incredibly helpful and helped us find and take home beryl, tourmaline in feldspar, uranium, dendrite, rose quartz, mica and incredibly large quartz pieces. Not... More

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Mystic Country, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I brought my 13 year old daughter to Ruggles and we had a ball! I read the reviews before-hand, so we came prepared with hammers, screwdrivers, bags and flashlights. It IS pricey but I think worth it as it is not something one experiences all the time!! There was a young employee by the name of Nick who showed us... More

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Rochester, New Hampshire, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Even if you don't strike it rich at Ruggles mine, the caves and incredible scenery merit spending a few hours here. Pictures don't do this place justice - you have to see it to believe it! It feels like stepping into another world once you pass through the first cave and into the enormous mine pit. We spent the day... More

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Nottingham, New Hampshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

After I recovered from the sticker shock of the admission price, I was amazed by the size of the mines and caves. We went here because our grandson, age 6, is fascinated by gems. His sister, age 3, was only happy for the first 15 minutes. We were prepared with headlamps, buckets, hammers, and safety glasses. Both kids had had... More

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Leominster, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I spent much more than I ever thought possible to stand in a mine and swat a fly but my kids loved it. You can buy rocks for a tenth of the price but you won't get the experience. You can take out whatever you can carry so I recommend bringing pails, a flash light and hammer. Safety glasses may... More

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Central Mass.
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

A beautiful drive up to the top of the mountain - I would like to do this in the fall when the leave change. Admission is a bit pricey, but you get to keep what you mine. Bring your own bag/bucket and hammer/pick or else you can rent them there. We had a great day mining for rocks and minerals.... More

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Seymour, Connecticut
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17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Really, the tagline says it all—hit things with hammers, and bring home whatever you find. Fun for the whole family! (Although you might want to bring a few band-aids; I got a little too into it and injured myself a few times.) You won't be finding gold or diamonds or anything particularly valuable in your mining expedition, so don't expect... More

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Bristol, New Hampshire
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I like going here during the fall at or near peak foliage season. Park in the lot, and take lots of snapshots of the mountains around you. Its a little secret pleasure to this place. Also the shop has nice rocks and the like for sale. Usually add some to the Christmas gift loot. The actual mining is fairly good,... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

I went on the last day of the season with family--8 and 3 year old daughters and husband. My husband is a patient worker and appreciates gambling where there's skill involved, so he would have happily worked all day, improving his skills at knocking off rocks and identifying what he had in hopes of getting something particularly special. He would... More

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

My family really enjoyed their visit to Ruggles Mine. It is a bit pricey at $25 per person and $13 per child, but you are allowed to take the rocks that you collect home with you. We have been to other locations where you pay a smaller entrance fee, but then you have to pay a per pound fee for... More

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