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“Your Kids Will Love you!”

Hangtown's Gold Bug Park
Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in Placerville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
El Dorado Hills, California
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1 review
“Your Kids Will Love you!”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

This is a great place for the kids. Not far off HY 50 in Placerville. Very interesting cool mine tour, great people working there. Cost is very little and is in a beautiful park. (Get good directions before you head out)

Visited October 2012
Thank Richard S
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Greenwood, California, United States
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6 reviews
“Great for Kids”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

My son had a great time exploring and getting little tidbits in the store. The veteran that gave the presentation of the stamp mill was excellent!

Visited October 2012
Thank Sumrgrlz
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“Your basic gold mine...”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

It's a great little tour of a gold mine that is self guided and very informative. I enjoyed it and even though I am too tall to work in this field, those under 5'10 might want to consider it ;). I tried to walk off with the hard hat, but was forced to give it back....

Visited November 2012
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Placerville, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Worth the short drive....”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

What a fun place to visit. My daughter needed to complete a school project and this one a place we could visit. I hadn't been in years and what a great time we shared. The history of the mine and the stamp mill was wonderful. The people that work their are full of knowledge and love to share the history. I would highly recommend for families to visit. Doesn't take long but many things to look at. Cost $5.00 a person which in this day and age is cheap and you get a fun history lesson on top of it. Go see for yourself.

Visited August 2012
Thank Cheri D
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Surprise! Dark inside but kids loved it.”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

A short drive from Placerville. We started our visit at the gift shop/mine entrance where we picked up hard hats and audio wands. I was concerned that the kids, 7 and 5, would refuse to go in the mine adit as they have expressed fear of dark places. But surprise, they loved it. The mine tour is acutally pretty short, but the audio info is informative. The kids loved feeling the water dripping down the walls and posing for pictures by the old ore cars.
We bought some rocks specimens at the gift shop (no trip complete without some rocks) then headed to the stamp mill. We saw the original stamp mill and a local guide turned on the model of the mill so we could hear the noise. He also answered all sorts of questions about the Gold Rush. There are some hiking opportunities but we decided to move on to the Marshall Gold Discovery Site.

Visited September 2012
Thank expat326
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