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Doc's Rocks Gem Mine

Address: 129 Mystery Hill Lane, Blowing Rock, NC
Phone Number: 828-264-4499
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Blowing Rock
Type: Mines, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Mines, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Trinity, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We bought a $55 bucket for our family to share. They were really busy the afternoon we stopped by and the indoor plume was crowded so we braved the cold and wind and used the outdoor plume---it was cold and I felt rushed because I was eager to get inside but other than that it was a fun experience. We... More 

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Miami, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This is a great destination for the family. The staff is friendly and full of information. Educational and fun this is a highly recommend attraction in which I hope to return.

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Tampa, Florida
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25 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We had a lot of fun at the gem mine. I liked how they had smaller bucket options for kids. It is very small and cramped in the store. It was very busy while we were there. The staff was super helpful and friendly. We all had a good time.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Yes it sounds like a tourist trap. And I was not really expecting much. Just thought it would be a fun visit for our kids. Turns out we had a blast. And Doc taught us a lot about rocks and gems. Check this place out and have some fun and learn a little something. Plus, visit the shop at the... More 

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Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We were skeptical to come to Doc's, thinking it might be gimmicky but we were so pleasantly surprised by how much fun we all had. Doc was fantastic- spent time talking with us, answering questions and sharing really interesting facts. So much fun-you have to give it a try.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Took our kids 13, 10 & 5 to Doc's for the second time this year. Bought them each a small bucket. They all had a blast finding their gems! Found garnets, rubies, sapphires & quartz. Had one ruby cut & picked up the next day. All of the staff is friendly & full of information. Make it a lot of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

You got to choose a bucket (s, m, l) and sift through the dirt to find rocks that are actually gems. The staff was really helpful in identifying the gems. Afterwards you got to take them all home or have the Doc polish them up into beautiful gems. They also have a huge stock of gems to choose from if... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We moved to Boone 2 years ago and have been known to frequent Doc's. Gem mining truly is a fun time, and surprisingly informative. We had Nate sift through our gems and he was able to walk us through what each stone was, if it was worth cutting, and which ones would be the prettiest for the girls. We always... More 

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Atlanta
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We did a fossil/gem mining a couple of years ago with the kids and it was a ~10 minute experience with zero education. Doc's Gem Mines was totally the opposite. Kim and Rylie were totally helpful setting the kids up with their buckets. They explained that the buckets of raw material represented a mix of mine material from across the... More 

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West Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Had always saw gem mining locations but never stopped at one. Saw reviews for Docs and decided to stop. We got the medium bucket, wish we had got the large. We had a great time. Staff was really friendly and knowledgeable. We got a lot of different stones. Interesting to identify what the are. We left a ruby to be... More 

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