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“Overpriced!”

The Lilly Pad Village
Ranked #2 of 9 Fun & Games in Blue Ridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Looking for things to do in Blue Ridge? Fun activities for the entire family - come and spend an amazing day, gem mine, play mini golf, fish on our 1/3 acre pond or simply browse our gift shop or relax on our deck. Discount packages are available. We also offer guided hiking! Enjoy a custom designed hiking experience.Our Gem Mining Flumes are covered - gem mine away even when it is raining.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Ocala
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Overpriced!”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

We were very disappointed with Lily Pad especially after some great reviews we saw on TripAdvisor. The mini golf was only 9 holes and even though it was unlimited rounds ,the Grandkids were over it after playing 18 holes. The Gem mining was so-so and it will be something that I wouldn't do again . We didn't try the fishing but no one caught anything while we were there and heard their equipment is in pretty rough condition and pricey. Recommend you save money and go somewhere else!

Visited July 2014
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Gezacsuros, Owner at The Lilly Pad Village, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review the Lilly Pad Village.

We are a premier destination in Blue Ridge, with over 25,000 visitors annually, so it is only normal that we cannot please everyone. I am very sorry that it happened to be your family, and I wish we could have worked harder to make sure that you would join the numerous positive experiences.

We aim to make our gem mining the BEST in the area, and work very hard to provide an educational and fun experience in a very comfortable environment. We must be doing something right as we have hundreds of visitors annually who return year after year - in fact, we get to know the kids really well and see them grow into young teenagers and even young parents themselves bringing the second generation back to experience this fun activity. It would be interesting to get a review from your grand children, to see how they felt about the gem mining :-). They must have enjoyed the mini golf, as they played at least a second round.

Seems most of the negative energy is focused on the price. (Our prices are clearly posted on our website by the way). Coming to the Lilly Pad is a choice, and there are certainly a lot of activities locally that will not cost any money at all, like hiking, swimming and even fishing in the river and lake - provided you have a GA fishing license. Other than that, we are very competitively priced. We do have to charge unfortunately, as we are a business after all, and we do spend tens of thousands of dollars annually to ascertain an inviting, serene and safe environment for our guests. We have recently taken our grand kids to the movies, and did spend - with a big smile on my face - over $50.00 for the experience. If we took them to the Lilly Pad for mini golf and gem mining the experience would have put us back around $40.00 PLUS all the gemstones, the education and the experience worth talking about for days. (Of course the benefit of having your grandparents own the Lilly Pad is that they can do it all day long, so they do think we are the coolest Nonna and Grandpa.... ) I am sure your grand kids were similarly grateful for you taking the time, the money and energy to bring them to our establishment.

Thank you once again for your visit - we did enjoy having you here, and will look forward to seeing you again soon, as I am certain the kids will want another visit to the Lilly Pad - they always do.
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Lakeland, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
“Great family fun rain or shine”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

After reading all the great reviews, we decided to give this a try. We all are glad we did, we had a lot of fun and was educated on different gems we found. My daughter (age10) really enjoyed the experience and I would recommend for ages 3 and up. She is asking to go back before our vacation ends. Everyone was very nice and informative of the gems we found. The chutes were all covered to keep us out of the sun and even the rain.

Visited July 2014
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Gezacsuros, Owner at The Lilly Pad Village, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Thank you for your kind words about The Lilly Pad Village. It is always a great pleasure to hear that we are serving our customers well. We look forward to having you and your daughter here again soon. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to make your experience even better :-)
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Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Gem Mining”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

While vacationing in Blue Ridge our 2 daughters wanted to go Gem Mining. The staff at The Lilly Pad was friendly and our girls had a great time sifting through the dirt.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Ns1975
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Gezacsuros, Owner at The Lilly Pad Village, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Out T-Shirts say 'I Dig Dirt'. We also 'dig' having some great people visit us here at the Lilly Pad, you and your family being one of those families of course :-)

Thank you for the GREAT review; thank you for spending your vacation in beautiful Blue Ridge and last but not least thank you for not only making the Lilly Pad one of your destinations but also taking the time to write about us. It was a pleasure having you and your daughters here - I am glad that our hard work payed off, and you had a great time.

See you next year.
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“LOVED THE GEM MINING”
Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

My daughter and I had so much fun gem miming. The owners were so nice and funny. We got some pretty big gems. The owner said he dug the dirt from the mountains but bought the gems from all over the world. Will come back for more gems!!!!
Colors were wonderful.

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Thank Nicole L
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Gezacsuros, Owner at The Lilly Pad Village, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
Thank you for your awesome review! Our biggest challenge to make everyone feel welcome and happy to visit the Lilly Pad. Reviews like yours are a measure of how well we are able to achieve this goal. We look forward to seeing again soon.
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west palm beach, fl
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“Lots of fun!!”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

This was our second visit to The Lily Pad. This time we did gem mining and fishing. The staff was very helpful to my two boys (ages 8 and 6) for gem mining. The kids had a blast searching for little "treasures" in the dirt. Fishing was fun also. Both boys caught fish. We even had an ice cream break in between and the staff was great helping my daughter (4 yrs) pick out a popsicle since she is allergic to dairy. We cannot say enough about the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. We will return on our visit next summer.

Visited July 2014
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Thank busyathome21
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Gezacsuros, Owner at The Lilly Pad Village, responded to this review, July 15, 2014
Thank you for your wonderful words about the Lilly Pad Village. It was great having you the first time, the second time and hopefully for many years to come. It simply makes me smile when I read reviews like yours - just a proof that our efforts go noticed. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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