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Ace Of Diamonds Mine
Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Herkimer
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We decided to go on an adventure and picked The Ace of Diamonds Mine in Herkimer, NY. I can honestly say I didn't think two people close to 60 would enjoy cracking rocks so much. This is so much fun and it sure brings out the kid in you. Such a good time and I WANT to go BACK.

3  Thank Marcia615
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

You gotta work a bit here. Some possible blood (cutting your finger on a rock), sweat and tears (of joy when you find a sparking Herkimer Diamond).Spend the day with two teens. Came home with about 50-75 "diamonds". Some were big, some were small. A few were utterly perfect. If you see someone with a tent set up looking real serious about the whole process, go on over and talk to them. They'll give you several tips which will help you find your own gems.

7  Thank jeaninlunenburg
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Went with my 11 year old grandson and had a wonderful time, more fun than I could have imagined. The day flew by! We met some wonderful people and found many beautiful crystals. It was an enchanting experience. Ace Diamond mine is not commercialized, rents tools and supplies for a very reasonable price, and is a place I hope to visit again.

3  Thank L R
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We went here after checking out the Herkimer mine first. The day we went there were tour buses of people going through the museum, shopping and mining. We didn't want to deal with the crowds so we left and came back another day to mine at Ace of Diamonds. This is a no-frills mine with a lot of possibilities. A lot of the mining area is covered by tarps or roped off by tape. These areas are off-limits since they are "claims". Since there is very little actual mining area we settled into the piles of rocks mounded up waiting for someone with a strong arm and a huge sledge hammer. Needless to say the physical effort needed to crack open the boulders is not for everyone. Some of us opted for walking the driveways and trails looking for the shimmer of a diamond. Our best finds came from the road where the rain had washed them off and made them visible. We worked about 6 hours and left with at least 25 nice diamonds and about 20 pounds of rock with diamonds in the matrix. We loved it and want to go back. This is not for everyone. I wouldn't take small children since there are so many dangers, but older kids who like to hunt will enjoy it. Go prepared with protective eyewear, hammers, and knee pads.

8  Thank Sent2tell
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Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

We read the Tripadvisor reviews before we went and decided this mine would be the most interesting. Our kids, 7 and 9 enjoyed digging in the dirt and hunting for the right rocks that hold the crystals. It is a labor intensive process but interesting enough to hold the kids attention and educational too. We found some nice crystals and made a necklace out of one as a keepsake.

2  Thank Susan M
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