Have been here a few times, most recently on August 31st. The guided tour is a must-do; it really gives you an overall aspect of the process and history. The guides are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Even with the renovations, everything is authentic, rustic, and a little creepy (part of the draw for me). Our group was 3 adults and 5 kids ranging in age from 2 to 11 and everyone had a great time. Worth the trip for sure.
Even though the gold panning is a little kitchy, I still found myself sucked in and spent a good hour elbow-deep in the water. The kids loved the gold panning.
For locals, check your Entertainment Book for a 2-for-1 admission coupon.
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