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Lackawanna County Coal Mine

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Address: McDade Park, Scranton, PA 18503
Phone Number: 800-238-7245; 570-963-6463
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The tour will take you 300 feet below the earth into the pitch...

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.

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Do not miss this attraction!

This place is a fascinating look at the history of coal mining in the area! The ride down into the mine is fun and a bit scary. Jason, our guide, was entertaining and informative... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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English first
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229 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a fascinating look at the history of coal mining in the area! The ride down into the mine is fun and a bit scary. Jason, our guide, was entertaining and informative throughout the tour. Well done! Down in the mine there are plenty of things to see, most of which I was unfamiliar with, so I feel... More 

Thank awaxy
Syracuse, New York
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Deep into the ground you are transported via a cable-rail car to the harsh reality of what was a miner's life. Some riders in our car where anxious expecting a fast roller coaster type decent, which was so far from the actual slow progression. Fascinating for adults, young children in our group seemed bored, anxious to run ahead. Our guide... More 

Thank Mike S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traveled with my kids (12 & 8) and grand parents - everyone enjoyed the tour down the mine. The kids obviously loved the ride, and learned about the life of the miners.

Thank rishidixit
Goffstown, New Hampshire
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Truly a fun time and friendly Staff, going into the cable car and traveling the mines is hard to put into words, it's exciting yet emotional and definitely informative of what it was like back then to be working the mines.

Thank Jason A
Pittston, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour is very worthwhile for anyone interested in the economic history of NE PA.You actually descend into what had been a working coal mine. The guides are very instructive and you get a real feel for what it was like for anthracite miners 75 years ago. School children would be fascinated, but maybe very young... More 

Thank Jayterrie
Watkins Glen
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16 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour is SO worth it! We actually went way down in the coal mine, which was thrilling. I learned so much about coal mining that I never knew. It was like a whole different culture - a different world. People of all ages should experience this. I've never seen anything like this. The tour definitely makes you appreciate the... More 

Thank Jill S
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting and informative tour of life in a Pennsylvania anthracite coal mine. Ride down made my wife and daughter a little nervous but once inside we were all amazed at what these men and young boys went through all to power our county's need for coal.

Thank Ray H
Franklin, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

A spooky ride down a long darkish tunnel in a real miners car, then a walking tour of a mine. We had a real ex-mine worker for our guide.We got some local history and mining facts, he was quite knowledgeable and nice.Worth a visit if you are in Scranton.

Thank cecustard
Ocala, Florida
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

This tour is not for anyone with claustrophobia issues! You will be traveling into a genuine anthracite mine just as the miners did. Your guide (ours was a current day miner) explains every aspect of the process required to power our nation. Vignettes of mining operations highlight the sacrifices of families with boys as young as six spending 10 hour... More 

Thank Jan6875
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

You are traveling into an actual mine. The trip down is a bit nerve wracking and, brrrr, cold. Bring a sweater. In my humble opinion, take this tour. It was one of the few opportunities that you get to walk through history. You will be shocked at what you see. The breaker boys touched me, saddened me.

Thank Ann Marie O

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