This was an informative and interesting attraction but the big store to buy things at the end was pretty much the point of it. We did learn about the Alyeska (alaska) pipeline and about panning for gold. The bag of dirt with a few gold flakes in it that we got was likely really worth about 50 cents if anything at all. However, they told us they were worth $9 & $12 so we would spend $50 to put the flakes in a necklace. Not buying. For kids the train ride and the gold panning was fun but a lot of the talking was boring for them. I really liked meeting the woman who was an original gold panner and still dredging for gold. She had a great story and lots of big pieces of gold she found worn as jewelry. Snack of cookies and hot chocolate or coffee was provided. Generally an enjoyable experience. I would recommend this attraction but mostly for the educational value.
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