We were looking for something to do with the kids that would be different than the other times we've come to North Carolina and I stumbled across Docs Rocs. We had 3 adults, a teenager and an 11 year old with us. You can mine for your rocks outside or inside. It was a bit to cold and windy for this Florida girl in mid April so we went inside. They have metal buckets of dirt stacked up on a shelf. They recommended I pick the heaviest bucket I could find. I forget how much the buckets were but they weren't expensive. I would have probably bought them all day long. We all got our buckets and went to sifting. Once you are done you bring your finds over to the counter, they lay a paper sheet out that has a list of gemstone names and they take your finds out of your bin and lay them under the name of the gemstone you've found and they tell you what they are. They put your gemstone paper and your gems in a ziplock bag for you to carry home. I think they can also make jewelry out of your finds if you wish for an extra cost of course. They also have a gift shop. This was a really fun place and I highly recommend it.