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“Good messy fun” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Crater of Diamonds State Park

Crater of Diamonds State Park
209 State Park Road, Murfreesboro, AR 71958
(870) 285-3113
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Tyler, Texas
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“Good messy fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Our family of six spent the afternoon here, digging for diamonds in the dirt. We brought some plastic sand tools from Walmart for the little ones to play with. The rest of us mainly used our hands. It was neat to hunt for treasure and just enjoy playing with the earth. We didn't find anything and the kids were a little disappointed but overall we had fun.
I'd recommend bringing sunscreen, water bottles, spades or small shovels, and sifters/sieves. Also a change of clothes and towels for when you're done. Our kiddos were covered in mud, so they rinsed off at the water station then changed clothes.
I would steer clear if it's really hot outside, as there is little shade out in the field. Also it was a pretty busy for early March, so I imagine it can get really crowded at peak times so choose your date wisely.

Visited March 2014
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Springfield, Missouri
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“Bring a chair!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Our family went and had a good time even though we didn't find anything. It was a lot of hard work and very muddy if you do the wet panning. Bring a chair or gardening cushion to kneel or sit on. The rental equipment has a large deposit so be aware if that.

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“Fun day - but don't expect to strike it rich”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

My daughter and I had a fun day of digging in the dirt and finding cool rocks, but if your expectation is to strike it rich finding diamonds then you will be very disappointed. This place is 40+ acres of plowed dirt and you are looking for diamonds smaller than the head of a nail. The day we visited there was 1 diamond found doing wet sifting. My family had a fun day because we accepted it for what it was - a fun day to spend together outdoors, looking for cool jasper, quartz, hematite, sandstone, etc. We always approached it as a huge bonus if we found a diamond.

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Round Rock, Texas
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“Fun stop along a road trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We stopped here while traveling through Arkansas. Nice fun outing with the kids, just don't have super high expectations of striking it rich or finding anything other than cool rocks. We didn't really have any idea what we were doing or how to actually dry / wet sift. Would have been nice if they had some demonstrations. It's possible we missed it, but we were there about 2 hours and didn't see anything. It's pretty inexpensive overall (I think it was about $12) so was a good way to get out of the car with the kids and do something different on a nice day.

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“Do it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Go for it. This is the most fun we have had for $7. We stopped at a dollar general and got buckets etc. because we didn't know what to expect. However, you can rent and buy all that stuff for a nominal fee there.
We went in February. I think this was the absolute perfect time to go. Summer would be miserable.
We dug for about three hours and then went to town for lunch. Pretty good selection there. The girl at the desk even gave us a highlighted map. Reentry into the park is allowed all day.
We went back and dug for three or four more hours. We found some cool rocks but no diamonds. Definitely talk to the regulars . They are nice and willing to give tips. The desk people will even look at your finds and identify them.
Our two year old almost lost his mind when he realized we were going to play in the dirt all day. He absolutely loved it. The bathroom even has a changing table. Very little shade, so bring sunscreen. We also walked one of the trails. It was well groomed. Go here.

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