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Lackawanna County Coal Mine

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Address: McDade Park, Scranton, PA 18503
Phone Number: 800-238-7245; 570-963-6463
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The tour will take you 300 feet below the earth into the pitch blackness...

The tour will take you 300 feet below the earth into the pitch blackness old-time miners, some as young as seven or eight, had to face. While you won’t have to deal with poisonous gases, you will feel the chill. The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour is open from April 1st through November 30th and is closed only on Thanksgiving Day.

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A cool tour on a hot summer day!

Make sure you bring a jacket or sweatshirt because it's 54 degrees down there and you'll be down there about 90 minutes. I would recommend sneakers or shoes to do the tour. It's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Michael M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Make sure you bring a jacket or sweatshirt because it's 54 degrees down there and you'll be down there about 90 minutes. I would recommend sneakers or shoes to do the tour. It's cold, damp, and you do a fair amount of walking. There are rails in the floor so it's easy to stub a toe if you have sandals... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great experience to show my son how his old man's old man's old man (great grandfather) made a living. Looking forward to doing it again.

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Thank Winkinkfd
Scranton, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A must for anyone whose ancestors worked in the coal mines...Welsh, Irish, German, Polish, Slovak...etc. And a must for those whose didn't. Hardest life ever. They paid a price, for us, that few would be willing to pay, these days. If you think hard enough, about their sacrifice, it can bring a tear to your eye. Incredible journey, and well... More 

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Oxford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was well run. The guides very informative with humor. Learned a lot. You can not buy tickets online. You have to go there to buy and they are timed. It can sell out. Get there early so you are not disappointed. If you have to wait for your tour there are pieces of old equipment to look at as... More 

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Elmira, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an interesting and great tour to take while in town. The history and knowledge the tour guide had was exceptional. The trip down in the trolley car was a bit shaky but once down in the mine, it was great. A sweatshirt and proper foot wear is suggested. Will definitely come back again if given a chance. It's good... More 

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Forest Hill, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time and learned a lot! We visited with a 5yo and an 8 month old, and the trip underground was just the right amount of time - about an hour. The underground part is even stroller accessible. Our guide was fantastic. Highly recommended!

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family enjoyed this tour. The guide was interesting, the historical information was enjoyable, and we learned a lot. We highly recommend it. Before the tour, we got the typical pushback from the kids: "Do we have to go there?" And, "Why are we doing this?" Afterwards, they were glad they went.

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Syosset
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour. The above ground part is a bit weak, but there is a museum next door (which we did not go to, but which was an additional fee). You ride down in a box like rail car. You sit straight up (not half laying down like in some mines), and a cable slowly takes the car down an inclined... More 

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Kingston, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little beauty of a place is in a place called McDade Park just outside of Scranton. It is quiet and tranquil and has plenty of free parking. The main building is basically just to buy tickets and get an idea of coal mining lore in the area. It is air conditioned. You can also buy some interesting souveniers, a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Professional knowledgeable staff made the tiur a very enlightening and fun experience. Learning the history of some of my ancestors life was intriguing. Very family friendly day trip. We go every year

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