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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 15 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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Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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78 reviews 78 reviews
34 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We totally enjoyed the coal mine adventure. I will always have a better understanding of news involving coal mine accidents after visiting the Lackawanna Coal Mine. The guide was top notch.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

What a unique experience. And very well done. Surprising to see everyone entertained from young and old. Didn;t know what to expect, but would do this again and again for sure.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this if you want to see what it was actually like to mine hard rock coal. Quite an experience descending into the mine just as the miners did and feeling the cool breeze from the ventilation. Our guide Tony did an excellent job interpreting the conditions the miners had to deal with in order to survive.

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Lady Lake
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89 reviews 89 reviews
35 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Takes you back to what it was like in the 1900's, A mine train ride down an incline into the cool earth (wear a jacket). Then you get out and walk a quarter mile though tunnels with a guide attempting to explain what you are seeing and how it was done. I would definitely recommend this exhibit but be sure... More

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London, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We arrived at the Lackawanna Coal Mine on a Monday morning, 10 minutes before they opened. Our intent was to be on the first tour of the day. We had heard about the tour at the Scranton RailRunners baseball game the night before and thought it sounded fascinating. Upon entering the building we (and 4 other people with more arriving... More

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NorthEast
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264 reviews 264 reviews
111 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

There is nothing pretentious about this tour. Even the mannequins in the mine tell the story of this backbreaking, disease ridden occupation that befell entire communities. You really feel what it must have been like to work down here in the dark with little more then lamps. You actually experience this when the tour guide turns off the electric ceiling... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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93 reviews 93 reviews
20 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was my second time going on the Lackawanna County Coal Mine tour. My dad lives nearby in Carbondale, and my brother was in town visiting so we made a family trip to take the tour. Even though I had done it before about 2 years ago, it was just as interesting the second time. We even lucked out having... More

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Avon, Ohio
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443 attraction reviews
792 helpful votes 792 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

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
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

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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