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Ace Of Diamonds Mine

Herkimer, NY
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Herkimer
Type: Mines
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English first
New Jersey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We've gone twice (this year and last) and while sifting and picking is fun, the people around you are just as delightful, and generous, as finding diamonds. lol They're diamonds of another sort! It's true I'm not shy and will talk to just about anyone, but the eager and willing responses from prospectors around me only add to the fun.... More

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

After trying the other Mine , we came here the next day and found it MUCH better. They had a greater range of available types of "Minable" material. From huge rocks to huge piles of siftable dirt/rock. The sifting was a lot more age appropriate for my 7 year old and at this mine we found handfuls of Herkimer Diamonds... More

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Fairport, New York, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Having taken cub scouts, my kids, and other people's kids to hunt for Herkimer Diamonds I know that kids do not have to be rockhounds to get caught up in the fun (and hard work) of finding those elusive quartz crystals. I've visited both the mines, which are very close to each other on the west side of Route 28,... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We went on a family vacation and camped here and mined. We rented hammers and tools of the sort to dig for "diamonds". Fine.. the sites for our family of 16 were all together and nice with water and electricity (we preferred). The guy behind the counter was grumpy. Showers are quarter operated and decent. On day two of the... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

It's the heavy equipment that makes this mine a winner over the competition. Don't judge it by first impression, it's a "diamonds in the rough". We were skeptical upon driving in and seeing the rustic setting, but as soon as we started mining, we were convinced. They have bulldozers and other heavy equipment which keeps visitors happy because there is... More

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Rochester, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We visited the mine after reading reviews which suggested that this was the more authentic mining experience of the two main facilities. Certainly it did not fail in that aspect. It was pretty much open season to mine where you wanted and there was plenty of raw material available all over the place. The gift shop was small but nice,... More

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Cheektowaga, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We have always went to Crystal Grove to mine and for a change we wanted to try our luck at a different place. We went to the Ace of Diamonds. When we got there we rented a camp site for 2 days. We were sent to a site that was full of poison ivy and a long hike to get... More

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Morrisville, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We stayed at the campground about a half a mile from the mine.Went to the Herkimer Mine the first Day and were quite dissapointed and were then told by fellow cabin neighbours to visit the Ace of Diamonds.We had a really good time.Cracked a lot of Rocks and found some Herkimers.Got superdirty and sunburned,didnt think sitting on some rocks would... More

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Media, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We visited the Ace of Diamonds mine over Memorial Day weekend 2014. The day was partly cloudy - not the best for crystal hunting, but that's the day we had! We left due to 1. Crazy rain/thunderstorm and 2. Fatigue from breaking rocks. :) The folks @ AoD were super friendly. They have a great shop at the mine where... More

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New York City, New York
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you're intent on smashing incredibly hard rocks, this is the place to do it. A few hundred feet down from the Herkimer Diamond Mine, $10 gets you the privilege of searching piles of rock for Herkimer diamonds. Once you know what to look for, you'll probably leave with a handful of beautiful crystals. Quite the selection of people from... More

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