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Hangtown's Gold Bug Park

2635 Gold Bug Ln, Placerville, CA 95667-4656
+1 530-642-5207
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Visit with Black Bart at Gold Bug Mine & Park

We downloaded the 'self guided' tour app...which was really great. If you didn't have a smart... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cameron Park, California
old mine

fun to see old gold mine and how they mined it and the grounds and the stamp mill, blacksmith and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cameron Park, California
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2635 Gold Bug Ln, Placerville, CA 95667-4656
+1 530-642-5207
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We downloaded the 'self guided' tour app...which was really great. If you didn't have a smart phone, they would lend you one to use for the tour! Oh and hard hats are a MUST! I would have had one heck of a headache if I...More

Thank Chaynes1105
Reviewed 1 week ago

fun to see old gold mine and how they mined it and the grounds and the stamp mill, blacksmith and trails to walk

Thank the1imp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I couldn't download the Gold Bug app to my smartphone, so we used their antiquated playback devices, which worked just fine. It was an interesting look back in time into the life of a miner. The mine is especially cool, so if it's a hot...More

1  Thank Retrohippie
Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

We toured the mine with some kiddos and several adults. Turns out that the adults were more intrigued with the mine than the kids were. It's was a fun time had by all. It's a quick tour and does not take a lot of time...More

Thank Maria G
Reviewed July 6, 2017

The Park area is virtually non-existent. The self-guided mining tour was poor. It is just one horizontal shaft that is mostly too dark to see anything even if there was anything to see! You could walk to the end in about 2 minutes if you...More

Thank jephm
Reviewed July 2, 2017 via mobile

We were looking for something fun to do in the area that we recently moved to from the Bay Area. We found the Gold Bug Mine on Trip Advisor and with its high rating and proximity to own new home, we decided to give it...More

Thank MarinCountyJohn
Reviewed June 1, 2017

I am encouraging everyone to visit this mine to understand what the miners encountered as they dug through the earth looking for gold. Adjacent exhibits and artifacts were all a plus.

1  Thank SearchingAncestors24
Reviewed May 21, 2017

You can skip the mine but do not miss the tour and talk of the mining process and the history of the area.

1  Thank joseph f
Reviewed May 5, 2017 via mobile

We are senior couples visiting from out of state. Bucket list item to see where the gold rush began. The self guided mine tour is excellent. Clear , concise and very fun to be able to experience an actual mine...dripping water, low ceilings and cool...More

1  Thank Suzanne B
Reviewed March 8, 2017

5 minutes from downtown Placerville and super interesting for kids and adults. Did the mine tour which only took 10 minutes or so but very evocative in the damp cool dark cave. Then panned for semi-precious gems. This is the highlight. You pan in a...More

3  Thank wendywendy
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July 12, 2015|
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Response from Shafsky | Reviewed this property |
No discounts, the park is free. The mine is $6 for adults.