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Fun but not....hard to explain!

The kitsch exterior begs you to stop, so we did. It's a great set up and has the potential to be... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2019
Ozona, Florida
Gem mining

Wow! It was rather expensive. There were so many people mining, it was hectic! I didn't like this... read more

Reviewed November 12, 2018
Darnell W
Eden, North Carolina
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

The kitsch exterior begs you to stop, so we did. It's a great set up and has the potential to be so much more. Only one person working the mine and there were a TON of tourists there. The only time the guy came to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 2, 2019

We went to this gem mining place rather than others (there are many many in the region) because it was the first one we noticed was open. I wish we had been a bit more picky-- there was no customer service here. The kids were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018

Wow! It was rather expensive. There were so many people mining, it was hectic! I didn't like this very much. The sign says there is a gemologist who would grade your findings. Well, when it was finally my grandsons' turns, all the gemologist seemed to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Darnell W
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Fun mining for precious stone at Smoky Mtn Gold & Ruby Mine. Tokk grandboys and they had lots of fun and found some neat Ruby, Sapphire and other stones. I might try it myself next time.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Clyde B
Reviewed August 28, 2018

My friend and I had never done this before, so we just got the cheapest bucket and were able to find numerous gems, even a few emeralds, garnet and a tiny ruby. This activity would be very good to introduce children to geology, and the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank gaminwoman
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This a fun place and can be very worth your time, we found a ruby that was bigger than an English pea! The guy that runs it is a hoot and very helpful.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank michaelgchapman
Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in because we have been mining before and the kids love it. We spent $14 on dirt. The younger guy operating the mining area was less than enthusiastic to say the least. When we realized we didn't have the first gem we asked...More

Date of experience: July 2018
8  Thank Ceylanda ami A
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

Kids had a good time, bought the $50 bucket. Found various gems but nothing special for the price. The older gentleman was nice and helpful for the most part but the younger gentleman wasn’t helpful at all. They weren’t really informative on what we were...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Niki K
Reviewed July 12, 2018

This is a tourist trap type of business that basically sells you a few dollars worth of minerals or gems for $50. The kids have fun doing it, so if you can afford it - why not. Just reviewed my credit card bill and the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyable time mining and finding lots of quartz, garnet, topaz, amethyst & citrine. Chris was extremely helpful identifying our stones & explaining the process of polishing & setting the gems. We thought it was worth the time & money!

Date of experience: July 2018
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March 30, 2018|
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Response from Gran7 | Reviewed this property |
Also you can make this any length adventure you want!
July 30, 2017|
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Response from Dusty W | Reviewed this property |
No. Just a lot of dirt!