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Rock of Ages

560 Graniteville Road, Barre, VT 05654
877-870-9057
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Barre
Type: Mines
Activities: Shopping, Group tours/bus tour, Walking
Description: The world's largest quarry.
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White Mountains NH
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is one of those attractions that doesn't have a lot of obvious pizazz or allure, especially for a family with older kids who are not easily entertained. For example, there's no water slide or zipline or anything that might appeal to a thrill seeking teen. What the Rock of Ages tour does offer however, is a 35 minute, affordable... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

For $5, this is a bargain. A short bus ride with interesting narration by the guide, plus time to ask questions at the site. Amazing views of the quarry plus two adjacent abandoned quarries and the scenic countryside beyond. Afterward as recommended, we drove over to look at some of the creative monuments at Hope Cemetery. It was 10 or... More

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Payson, Utah
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We visited Rock Of Ages hoping to do a tour learn a bit about the industry and see the men at work. But alas toddlers dictate a bit! So lucky enough the have a free movie and a free observation spot at the factory right there.... The tour they said was a bus ride and about 40 minutes long, our... More

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WESTERN MASS.
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167 reviews 167 reviews
54 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Once we found ourselves lost by MapQuest directions, using Circle, then Batchelder Streets, into residential areas, my son pulled out his phone and directed us to the actual visitors center. The rain showers happened while we were driving and when we were inside watching the movie. Outside, we had sunshine for bowling, albeit slippery on the granite, and a well... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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104 reviews 104 reviews
58 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We saw a brochure for the Rock of Ages quarry tour and decided to check it out. We had no idea what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised with the visitor center, factory and quarry. The visitor center houses a gift shop as well as a short video describing the history of the quarry. Across from there is the... More

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We got there too late to take a tour (thus only 4 stars) but the helpful woman at the visitor center gave us great info. So, we saw the manufacturing plant (from the viewing area) and watched the video. The video answered many of our questions about how the granite is actually mined. And we then went to see the... More

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New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was an unusual excursion for us. We took the guided tour, and paid the extra for my kids to sandblast their own decorative piece- because really how often do you get to sandblast? The guide was knowledgable. We learned about the history of the mine and viewed the large quarry area. We even saw a tiny explosion (controlled and... More

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Westfield, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I learned about Rock of Ages through the Moon Guide for Vermont. My rule of thumb is if Moon Guide thinks a place is quirky, it is going to be awesome! Rock of Ages did not disappoint. Our arrival time allowed us to view the film prior to the tour. I recommend this approach because the film prepares you for... More

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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62 reviews 62 reviews
49 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

This place is pretty awesome. There aren't many like this that you can visit so if you're in the area, definitely stop here. There is a cool gift shop and the tour is chock full of fun facts. The view into the quarry from the top is awesome and a little scary, too. If you like to learn how things... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This was a very impressive side trip. Tour was very real and I left with some great appreciation and learning of the rock industry. Tour guide was very personable.

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