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“Loved my 1st trip to Ace of Diamonds!”

Ace Of Diamonds Mine
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Herkimer
Certificate of Excellence
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Media, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Loved my 1st trip to Ace of Diamonds!”
Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

We visited the Ace of Diamonds mine over Memorial Day weekend 2014.

The day was partly cloudy - not the best for crystal hunting, but that's the day we had! We left due to 1. Crazy rain/thunderstorm and 2. Fatigue from breaking rocks. :)

The folks @ AoD were super friendly. They have a great shop at the mine where you can rent goggles, hammers, buckets, chisels, screens, etc. Each tool is about $1-2 to rent and you return them at the end of the day.

Be prepared for some hard labor to break the rocks. We did find some small crystals on the ground. But I think the good stuff is still hiding in one of those rocks on the hill!

We'll definitely be heading back to Ace of Diamonds again!

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English first
New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A fun day of backbreaking work”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you're intent on smashing incredibly hard rocks, this is the place to do it. A few hundred feet down from the Herkimer Diamond Mine, $10 gets you the privilege of searching piles of rock for Herkimer diamonds. Once you know what to look for, you'll probably leave with a handful of beautiful crystals. Quite the selection of people from all over. Wear protective eyewear.

Visited July 2014
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Ontario, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Give the kids a time to remember”
Reviewed July 15, 2014

Probably as hard as diamond mining, Herkimer Diamonds are worth a fraction of real diamonds but the hunt is what it is all about.
Good hard work may reward some, take sunscreen, expect nothing and when you do find something feel great.
All kinds of folk from everywhere stop by here. Eyes down and careful not to trip, this is a semi industrial site so best keep your kids where it is safe.

Visited July 2014
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Miller Place, New York
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Unique & wonderful family activity”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

If you have a child who loves Minecraft as much as ours does - or one who just wants to try his/her hand at mining, this is the activity for you. Very reasonably priced to mine for rare Herkimer diamonds. Tough and time consuming but man, when you find a diamond, you feel as though you have won the lottery. Staff was incredibly helpful and equipment rental available for very reasonable prices. Highly recommend!

Visited May 2014
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New Florence,PA
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fun Time”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is our second year to visit the Ace of Diamonds mine and I am already looking forward to next year. The time goes so fast and you can find some Herkimer Diamonds if you take the time to crack a few rocks or just look around the piles of dirt and stones. Can't wait to go back!!!

Visited April 2014
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