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“Great Fun for the Kids” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Elijah Mountain Gem Mine

Elijah Mountain Gem Mine
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: At Elijah Mountain Gem Mine, in Hendersonville, NC, you become a prospector from the 1800's and mine for real gem stones that you can keep! Gems that are found daily include Rubys, Sapphires, Emeralds, Quartz crystals, Citrine, Amethyst, Garnets, Adventurine, Sodalite, Opal, Fluorite, Aquamarine and many more! Our flumes are covered for your comfort and for rain or shine mining! You can even bring a picnic and relax at one of our picnic tables or by the creek! During colder months we have INDOOR mining too!Our Rock Shop is the best around and no one can beat our prices! Also, come pet our baby goats!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking
Buxton, NC
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Fun for the Kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

Our daughter had a blast sifting through the big bucket of sand and discovering all kinds of great gems. Amythest, and garnets were in our $30 bucket as well as jasper and quartz. The staff was very friendly and took time with us afterward to explain all the different types of gems we found.

Visited October 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Fantastic Family Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

We loved this place! Finding something to do for 3 girls; 5, 7, and 10, that they all will enjoy is tough. Elijah Mountain made us all happy. We bought the family deal, which gave us almost an hour of digging fun! We found geodes, emeralds, some rubys and a bunch of other gems! The rock shop is also cool! My 7 year old loves fossils and their fossil section is great! If you are within driving distance, GO!

Visited October 2013
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Thank Gary W
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Asheville, NC
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fun and Different”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Looking for something to do a little different then this is the place. Find your own gems and sift it just like they did in the "old" days. :o) The excitement with each gem found was really fun. Neat gift shop area too!

Visited July 2013
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Thank IrelandBound
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2 reviews
“Chris was great and we had a blast! Thanks for the awesome time.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2013

My girlfriend, her 5 year old daughter and I went to get our mining on at Elijah Mt one fine October morning, and we had a blast. We got a mother load bucket and a mixed large bucket, I wanted some fossils, and went to work. We've got a coffee table covered in rocks now! Some highlights include 7 rubies a few sapphires and emeralds and plenty of fun big and small minerals. Now we knew the buckets were seeded, we didn't expect to strike it rich, and went with the expectation of a good time, and it was perfect. Then we bought some more crystals inside, and as a person who buys lots of crystals they have great and fair prices, better than you'll find online. Chris was warm and knowledgable and really made the whole experience great. As a person in custom service and who works at a trip advisors number one ranked restaurant in the greatest food city of the southeast I will say that there customer service was impeccable! For all of you out there who go to gem mines to strike it rich, go play the lottery, this is meant to be a fun and potentially great learning experience for people of all ages. This was a great experience for my family and I and we can't say thank you enough!
Cheers,
Rob, Marsha, and Olive

Visited October 2013
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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98 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Lot's of fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

You really don't mine. The buckets are mixed with sand and gems. You pan for the gems in a nice setting. Good and fun activity for all.

Visited September 2013
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