Hangtown's Gold Bug Park

Hangtown's Gold Bug Park, Placerville: Hours, Address, Hangtown's Gold Bug Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Hangtown's Gold Bug Park
4.5
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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pljimison
El Dorado Hills, CA69 contributions
A fun day!
Dec 2018
We have been enjoying Gold Bug for years and years. We brought our kids when they were fairly young and we still enjoy going every now and then. I have brought student field trips here as well and the staff has been knowledgeable. It’s a wonderful side trip into the past!
Written November 28, 2019
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Stan and Hillary
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Excellent learning experience
Oct 2019
We took our 10 and 11 year old grand kids on a one week road trip to gold country and they said that one of the greatest experiences was the listening to volunteer Pat at the stamp mill and blacksmith shop. He engaged our grand kids and even after an hour they were still listening intently with Pat's description of how gold was processed and how the stamp mill worked. The self guided tour of the mine using the cell phone ap was also excellent in addition to panning for gem stones. A must see for kids and adults!
Written October 21, 2019
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Tom B
Sutton-in-Craven, UK42 contributions
A must-do when visiting Placerville
Oct 2019 • Couples
Excellent attraction with historical significance for the area. Access is provided to a gold mining tunnel with a good audio tour which must be downloaded to your smart phone.

Highlight of the site is undoubtedly the tour of the stamp house (don’t miss this - it’s a five minute walk up the hill from the mine) where “Black Bart” explains how gold is extracted from the ore mined from the tunnel below and provides a brilliant account of his life as a highwayman. Well worth the trip.
Written October 14, 2019
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NickChick
Las Vegas, NV160 contributions
I love History
Sep 2019 • Solo
Had to make a quick visit to Goldbug mine just to soak in some history. Small museum and self guided mint tour. Picnic area available too. Nice afternoon outing!
Written September 9, 2019
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MELISSA R
2 contributions
Great way to spend the day
Jul 2019
Loved the self audio walking tour thru the old mine and exploring the grounds. And you can bring a picnic lunch as the grounds have picnic tables you can use.
Written September 4, 2019
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kitkatjoy04
Minneapolis, MN5 contributions
A Fun Nostalgic Time
Sep 2019
I went to the Gold Bug Mine on a Sunday Morning with a group of friends. We started by panning for gem stones for about 30 minutes. It was a fun way to splash in some cool water in the heat of the summer. I was able to find some very pretty stones quickly, but patience is key here. After that we went to actually tour the mine. Their set up is very nice where you are given access to their wifi and you download an app for the audio tour. The whole thing takes about 20-25 minutes. Definitely go inside because it is nice an cool in there. The only issue we had was that other groups were not very respectful of space and let their kids run amok inside. Since there is one way in and out there is some overlap of the audio-stops. I highly recommend getting their early so the cave isn't crowded during your tour.
Written September 4, 2019
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Martin A
Phoenix, AZ21 contributions
Great history of the Gold Rush
Aug 2019 • Couples
The mine tour is fun, and informative.
But, the real joy was visiting with Pat—the docent—in the mill and blacksmith area.he gave us a great oral history of the gold rush, and this area. We spent over an hour talking with him.
Written August 3, 2019
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PDXtraveller707
Portland, OR94 contributions
Fun self-guided tour in little old gold mine
Jul 2019 • Couples
This place was quick and interesting fun - you take a self-guided audio tour right down into a small old gold mine... borrowed hard hats included... it was cool, dark, so fun!! They also have a nice picnic area and some walking trails (we didn’t explore those). Be SURE to head up the hill to see the stamp mill and blacksmith shop - both were just excellent! With amazingly knowledgeable docents (you can visit these for free without going into the mine - only the mine has an entrance fee). A great little stop - we spent about 2 hours!
Written July 24, 2019
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GeoDaddy77
Sacramento, CA67 contributions
Love the local gold mine
Sep 2018 • Family
I grew up in Placerville, so probably became a bit jaded towards Gold Bug, but when I brought my little ones here I saw it through fresh eyes. I really do enjoy Gold Bug, it's educational and fun to go into the mine. Just watch your head!
Written July 15, 2019
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Bob S
San Jose, CA29 contributions
Great local find
Jun 2019 • Couples
We are staying in our rv in the area and did day trips. This was one and a pleasant find. You can learn to pan for gold really cheap and if you have never been in a real gold mine, this island a good stop for that. Added plus was on the day we stopped in it was extremely hot and the mine was a natural air conditioner. The young gal at the desk was very sweet and helped us with the app to get the self guided tour.
The guide up top that discussed the local history and the devices used in original mining was extremely knowledgeable and really got into character as he shared his knowledge. Coodoos all around
Written June 14, 2019
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