We enjoyed our tour at the Atlas Coal Mine. We would have liked to have done the tour that took you into the actual tunnels of the mine, but we had our nearly 3-year-old daughter with us and they say it is not suitable for anyone under 4. There were still other options for young families. We ended up doing the train ride. We learned a lot of neat things about how the mines in the area worked and the different jobs the miners had. Our tour guide answered everyone's questions and was very well-spoken.
The fees are very reasonable. Any of the tours come with admission to the grounds. You do not have to take any of the tours of you don't want to, but you can take 1 or multiple tours if you do. 1 tour is about 1 to 1.5 hours.
If you don't actually want to get on the grounds, you can take pictures from the access roads. I did that, sent the pictures to my husband, and then he wanted to come and do it for real, so we did.
The grounds themselves are interesting. There were lots of information posts and all of the tour guides and staff were very knowledgable.
Our daughter liked playing in the kid's coal 'sand' box. Needless to say, her outfit for that day is in the garbage! She really enjoyed it though, so we didn't stop her.
**Note to parents - Make sure your kids are wearing something you don't mind them getting destroyed!**