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Hangtown's Gold Bug Park

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Address: 2635 Gold Bug Ln, Placerville, CA 95667-4656
Phone Number: 15306425207
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

You'll step back in time when you enter Gold Bug Park! It'a a REAL mining...

You'll step back in time when you enter Gold Bug Park! It'a a REAL mining site from the Gold Rush days. Explore the park and then the mining museum. Find your riches in the gem panning trough. Be sure to visit our historic Stamp Mill and working Blacksmith Shop. Hattie's Gift Shop will be open for that special one-of-a-kind memento of your mining experience. Be sure to top off your visit with an audio tour of the Gold Bug Mine (see below; fee applies).

Our Hours:

April thru October: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Daily

November thru March: 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM on Weekends Only

During your self-guided audio tour of the Gold Bug you'll hear a California Gold Rush miner tell about the tools he used to get at that elusive yellow metal - GOLD! As you enter the 352 foot drift of this hard rock mine, you will feel the cool air brush against your face.

Activity Suggestions:

Bring a picnic lunch. Take a relaxing hike suitable for all ages along our dog-friendly trails. Check out the gold rush museum and perhaps stumble upon a lively blacksmith or a "real" 49er to share stories of the good ol' days. Gold Bug Park promises to be a wonderful experience for you and your family. Outdoor Pavilion rental available for groups of up to 75 people - suitable for summer graduations, family picnics, weddings, reunions, and more.

For Schools: We offer educational and entertaining guided tours for both schools and private groups. Contact the park to bring your California history curriculum to life.

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Fun place to take your grandsons

Took our 5 year old great grandson there on a hot day and it was to refreshingly cool inside the mine

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took our 5 year old great grandson there on a hot day and it was to refreshingly cool inside the mine

1 Thank JAN M
Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A definite stop if you are planning a gold rush tour. They offer you hard hats and access to a self-guided mine tour. Afterwards, you can picnic on the grounds and you MUST visit the stamp mill. Volunteers interact with visitors to bring history to life. The blacksmith offers interesting stories, as does the storyteller who has done years of... More 

2 Thank Marine Y
Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really fun place to visit if your in the area. Wouldn't make a special drive out there. A small old working mine and a guy who tells stories of old bank robes

1 Thank lanie h
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was our third trip to Gold Bug Park we were here to take the Priest Mine Tour which is only offered once or twice a year. our starts out with a short hike up to the mine shaft and a 10 to 15 min. wait to take the tour. The tour guilds make the wait seem less by talking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Trip Advisor said it was closed during the week, but the park was fully open and excellent. The cave tour was great, but the highlight was Black Bart, explaining the stamp mill, and his involvement in the gold rush. He was amazing!

1 Thank Christy D
San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

This is a great little stop for kids to walk down a dark and wet mine shaft on a self guided tour that is about 100 yards long while listening to a recorded voice on a hand held digital device. Good history lesson and kids get a kick out of it. Also, we sprung for the $2 pan rental for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

This is a great place to visit! I wanted my granddaughter to learn some California gold history. We loved this place!! We learned so much about the life of gold miners and the hardships they faced. There is a mine to explore and a working Blacksmith Shop too. You can pan for "gems" and picnic too. This is a great... More 

1 Thank Miriam M
Georgetown, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The volunteers at Gold Bug are so excited to be there, and helpful and go out of their way. And the tour of the mines is exciting, especially the Priest Mine which they only open once or twice a year! Must go - there was a lot to learn about the miners of 1849.

Thank SpiritLilly
Union City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Easy to find. There are signs pointing you in the right direction. Parking in scarce. It's better to get there early. Take a tour of the mining cave. It's nice a cool inside. The park people are nice and friendly. Some are dressed in costume and tell interesting tales and facts. My daughter loved panning for gold. She was hoping... More 

Thank Laurarika
Ione, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

My friend and I stopped here on a quick getaway. We really enjoyed the narrated self guided mine tour and the stamp mill. But the highlight was the working blacksmith. A group of grade school kids were fascinated. Great way to learn history!

1 Thank Madrigal95640

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