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

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
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.
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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44 reviews 44 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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Tewksbury, Massachusetts, United States
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100 reviews 100 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

$25 adults and $13 for child To take your Hammer and beat on rocks and dig through the left overs. Though WE will probably go back especially if we know they had a recent Dynamite. We spent about 4 hours and found a small piece of Amethyst and Beryl. though plenty of other common's. Plan on alot of walking to... More

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Shelby, Montana
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Overpriced, Not close to any other attractions, VERY unfriendly owner and staff, dirty facilities. When we arrived after driving a long distance, we noticed that even the rocks in the parking lot had a sign that said you had to pay the entrance fee to look at the rocks in the parking lot...really!!! After that we walked in and checked... More

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