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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
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

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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Priest Mine Tour

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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1 Thank Smithsgold
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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!

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1 Thank Christy D
San Francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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1 Thank SunsetFaith
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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1 Thank Miriam M
Georgetown, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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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 

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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!

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1 Thank Madrigal95640
Placerville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

A nice setting and a fine example of a gold mine dug into a rocky mountain. Their museum is a nice too. Worth at least one visit.

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southern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

I love to bring visiting friends and family here as it is a nice journey into local gold mining history. The kids also enjoy panning for gold and shopping at the reasonably priced gift shop.

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1 Thank CaliforniaProfessor
Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Have been to this park quite a few times over the years, and this is the best I have seen it. The added attractions make this a must stop if you want to learn about the history of the area and see what happened here, re. "gold'. There is a new stamp mill and a mine tour...which sadly is a... More 

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