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Lackawanna County Coal Mine

McDade Park, Scranton, PA 18503
800-238-7245; 570-963-6463
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Scranton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Tours, Mines
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The tour will take you 300 feet below the earth into the pitch blackness old-time miners, some as young as seven or eight, had to face. While you... more » Owner description: The tour will take you 300 feet below the earth into the pitch blackness old-time miners, some as young as seven or eight, had to face. While you won’t have to deal with poisonous gases, you will feel the chill. The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour is open from April 1st through November 30th and is closed only on Thanksgiving Day. « less
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Avon, Ohio
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658 reviews 658 reviews
438 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Last summer we went on the coal mine tour in Beckley, WV which was okay but this tour is much better and more engaging (the best part at Beckley was the museum). One starts out by taking an old people mover down an incline 300ft (91m) deep, lowered by a cable while you are caged in. At the bottom you... More

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Budd Lake, New Jersey
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

The tour of the mine was fascinating to everyone in our party. Our guide was very personable, knowledgeable and organized. He helped us understand what life in the mines was like for the workers in a way that was instructive to all. The tour itself lasts approximately 40 - 45 minutes and begins with a trip by rail carriage down... More

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Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

We are a family of 5, including 3 kids ages 8-almost 16. We went here and the Anthracite Heritage Museum on the same day. The coal mine tour really captured the kids' interest. It was very informative and help them understand the experience of the miners.

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Stillwater, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

After many years of visiting Ashland we decided to try something different. Our mine guide is the new mine foreman and he was wonderful! He gave us the history of the mine and of mining, but also told us how it relates to today as he has worked in underground mining for years. It was well worth the trip. Next... More

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Beaufort, Slo Country
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23 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

we took our grandson. he rolled his eyes when we said we we were going to a coalmine. but the experience of going into the mine, seeing and hearing about the conditions should be a revelation to all today who complain about working conditions. we all agreed that it was a very good experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My husband and I have been down several coal mines, including one in Wales, and this tour really was incredible. The guide (sorry, forgot his name) was local and was able to really give you a feel of what it would have been like to have been a coal miner in this anthracite mine. A young boy was along and... More

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Ferndale, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Wonderful introduction to the life of a coal miner and how difficult it Was to bring coal from inside the earth to provide power and warmth. Highlight was taking a mining car down in an old mine.

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Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We very much enjoyed our visit to the coal mine. The video which they showed beforehand was very informative. Our guide told a lot of interesting stories/illustrations which made the tour extra special. I appreciate that the fee was not too expensive. I would definitely recommend this for all ages.

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MA
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5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Having never been in a coal mine this was certainly on my list of "fun things to see". I was not disappointed! Tour guide was excellent at pointing out the different parts of the mine and did a wonderful job answering questions. The tour lasted about an hour- long enough to be worth the money but not too long to... More

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Clementon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

It was very interesting to see what had to be done in the mines, our guide (Tony) was very knowledgeable as to the history of the mines and the region.

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