Elijah Mountain Gem Mine was the highlight of our kids trip to North Carolina. We arrived mid afternoon and were told that they would stay open as late as we needed them to. The staff was very kind and helped us decide what was best for our family. The outdoor mine was close but they had sleuces inside which was much better because of the weather. We found three ziplock bags full of semi-precious gems which they identified for us.Their rock shop was also very interesting and the prices were great. If you like finding treasure, this is a great place to start!