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Herkimer Diamond Mines

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Address: 4601 Route 28N, Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone Number: +1 315-717-0175
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Never having mined Herkimer Diamonds before, and with travel limiting the time we would be able to devote to mining, I did a little research by reading the many helpful reviews... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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Avon, Ohio
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Baltimore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was a stop on a bus tour. The owner was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She gave us an overall education about diamonds. Then we were free to go to the surface mine to try to find a diamond or crystal, sluice (think gold mine panning) or shop in the store. It also has a KOA campground. All of the... More 

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Berkshires, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My husband and I camped across the street. We had intended to dig for the "diamonds." We walked over to the mine and gift shop and saw a tour group sleucing and decided this was what we wanted to do. We found several diamonds in our bag which we purchased for $11.00. The appraiser said we had about $60 worth.... More 

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Rotterdam, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

The kids had a good time looking for cool rocks and crystals. You really need more equipment than they give you, there isn't a lot of fitness in a sledge hammer and I think we crushed a few diamonds trying to extract them. Maybe a chisel in addition to the hammer. And gloves and safety goggles are probably a good... More 

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Lebanon, Connecticut
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I read the reviews and knew this would be hard work so we brought hammers, chisels, ensured we had water, sunscreen, etc. We were very disappointed that we didn't find a single "diamond" after going at it for over 2 hours in different spots. Ended up buying the $11 bags for each kid so that they each got some stones,... More 

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Avon, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Never having mined Herkimer Diamonds before, and with travel limiting the time we would be able to devote to mining, I did a little research by reading the many helpful reviews below, the mine’s website thoroughly and a few geology articles regarding Herkimer Diamonds in order to maximize our potential to find diamonds. Based upon this research, I learned that... More 

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Bklyn, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

how many times can you say you actually went "mining" in your lifetime! bring your safety goggles, a pr of work gloves (you are dealing with rocks after all), perhaps a good chisel and a small sledgehammer (or a big one if you are serious about banging on the wall) and have fun looking for pretty clear quartz. this is... More 

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This was the third year for us and our grandsons. We found a few "diamonds" but the time ,the laughter and the exhaustion was priceless. Made new and fun friends ! We stayed across the street in a cabin and went back the next day to dig some more. We ate at the Crystal restaurant as well ,great meal and... More 

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Bloomville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I have been to the Herkimer Diamond Mines several times over the years and completely enjoyed our trip with my Daughter and now we enjoy it with the Grandkids! Great Camping spots or just make it a day out trip!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A bit overpriced. Everything is picked over, so you'll be lucky to find a pea sized diamond. Workers aren't the most friendly people. Everything in the gift shop is super expensive. My kids did love smashing the rocks, but it grew old quickly because you get an Oompa Loompa size hammer. Also, children under 5 do not get a hammer!!... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We took our 8 year old grandson to herkimer Diamond Mines. What fun. We watched a movie about looking for the diamonds and then went out to try ourselves. Restrooms available. Food available . bring sunscreen and safety glasses ( or purchase the glasses). We worked for 2 hours had lunch and went back again. he could not get enough.... More 

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Address: 4601 Route 28N, Herkimer, NY 13350
Phone Number: +1 315-717-0175
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Herkimer

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