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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 14 Attractions in Scranton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Mines, Tours, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.

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Jamesburg, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This was a last minute trip and I had no expectations when we arrived. I found the video educational but outdated. When we got in the actual mine, I had a tremendous appreciation for what those miners did. This trip was worth every penny. I also got a dollar off due to a military discount. Combine this trip with the... More

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Lambertville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This was a very interesting tour; our tour guide was from the mining industry, and was a descendent of generations who worked in the coal mines. There's a film that you can see about coal mining while waiting for your tour to begin; it was interesting, particularly about the part where the miners, unfortunately broke through to the Susquehanna River.... More

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I have been taking a class of fourth graders here for years. It is an excellent experience. Make sure you get a guided tour and check out the museum too. (Ask for Fran.) The kids love it!

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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Great experience of an era gone by. Very informative and interesting. Enjoyed the real feel you get while underground. It makes you appreciate coal miners and have the utmost respect for a dangerous job.

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NJ
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6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We have been visiting Scranton for 13 years now. I can't believe it took us this long to visit the Coal Mine. Very easy to find in McDade Park, we rode the coal mine car down into the mine. With a tour guide who was a fifth generation miner, we learned about the coal industry and the lives of the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

A very interesting tour of an old coal mine. Probably not the best for claustrophobic or young children, but it is definitely well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We took the tour and enjoyed it very much, it was informative and it really makes you aware of how dangerous people in the past had it just to make a living. Worth the money and the time to take a trip back in time;

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Buffalo, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The tour was great (about 1 hour). It's amazing when you realize what these men and young boys had to endure everyday to just get by. My teenager who was on the tour with us was really shocked at how little they made and how dangerous it was as compared to his part time job. The thing that impressed me... More

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Mayfield, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Fun-interesting-historic-surprising and really shows that in this day and age we should have nothing to complain about when it comes to our jobs, services, benefits, and just having a window too look out at work. Go there and you will see what I mean

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I grew up in the area & had relatives & family friends who worked in the mining industry but even after all those years of personal history, I got an education. First off, be sure to see the 45 minute film, preferably before entering the mine. The docents are ex-miners and really know their stuff. Having never been in a... More

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