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Address: Route 4, Grafton, NH

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Bring your hammer and bag for collecting stones

It was really fun digging in the rocks. Good for families but everyone in your party should be surefooted.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 10, 2015
Enfield, Connecticut
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East Berlin, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We planned this wonderful trip, to center around a several day stay in the mountains of beautiful New Hampshire with our young children, to search for GEM treasures at the Ruggle's mine. Their web site and other vacation sites all said open with dates in June(when we were to be there. No mention about being presently closed on their official... More 

8 Thank michaeldeartist
Massachusetts, United States
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30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016 via mobile

We were staying at a campsite not too far away and knew we had to stop by Ruggles Mine for a one of a kind adventure! This place was great! I couldn't believe how tiny we felt once we entered. Truly amazing! The whole place sparkles from all the Mica, top of the mine to the gravel under your feet... More 

2 Thank Jen B
Enfield, Connecticut
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

It was really fun digging in the rocks. Good for families but everyone in your party should be surefooted.

Thank karenofct
Acton, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

The mine itself was enjoyable enough as a novelty, a way for children to spend a few hours. The low rating is due to the unconscionable prices (at the time we were there, $13 per child and $25 per adult for admission, or close to $100 for a family of five). What reason could they possibly have for charging $25... More 

2 Thank bealol
St. Petersburg, Florida
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56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Went here with 2 friends in a quest for some crystals or gems. Found a few specimens on black and clear mica (just small pieces) and some plain old quartz and lots of granite. The last time they blasted was 2 or 3 years ago and it looks pretty well picked-clean. The mine itself was interesting and provided some much... More 

1 Thank TravelRNLiz
Hooksett, New Hampshire
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Interesting place and cool to look at, but not worth the price of admission. I can't see spending more than 2 or 2 1/2 hours here. At 25$ a person, it's a stretch. Had a nice time and great weather and the kids enjoyed going into the tunnels. Just too pricey for me.

2 Thank scottsN4543VR
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful vista views from the parking lot, but the mine itself is nothing more than about 3/4 of a soccer field sized, and without major tools useless. My 13 year old had wanted to come here forever and left sadly disappointed. With hammers and chisels we couldn't break anything! We settled for what Quartz was along the pathways. No signage... More 

1 Thank Lokismistress
Dover, New Hampshire
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

First off, it's $25 per person just to walk into a hole in the ground. That initial fee doesn't include anything else. They charge you to rent a hammer and even charge you $ 4 to rent a small bucket! They haven't done a blast since 2013 so all you can do is try to hammer large rocks. There are... More 

4 Thank Alan B
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We really enjoyed wandering through the mine on a beautiful day. The views are amazing. We quickly gave up on actually chipping at the walls and just sorted through the rocks on the ground. We brought a bunch home but don't go for the "treasure"--go for the beauty of the place.

Thank Claire L
New London, New Hampshire
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83 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I took two grandkids to Ruggles Mine expecting to simply find a big open pit. It was amazingly a much bigger place than we expected. There were quite a few open shafts where you could enter and whack away to your hearts content. The boys were quite interested in banging open rocks for about two hours. By the end we... More 

3 Thank gordoharv

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