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Hangtown's Gold Bug Park

2635 Gold Bug Ln, Placerville, CA 95667-4656
+1 530-642-5207
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What a scary life underground digging for gold!

I am encouraging everyone to visit this mine to understand what the miners encountered as they dug... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Los Altos, California
Gold mining education

You can skip the mine but do not miss the tour and talk of the mining process and the history of... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
joseph f
naples fl
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You'll step back in time when you enter Gold Bug Park! It'a a REAL mining site from the Gold Rush days. Explore the park and then the mining museum. Find your riches in the gem panning trough. Be sure to visit our historic Stamp Mill and working Blacksmith Shop. Hattie's Gift Shop will be open for that special one-of-a-kind memento of your mining experience. Be sure to top off your visit with an audio tour of the Gold Bug Mine (see below; fee applies). Our Hours: April thru October: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Daily November thru March: 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM on Weekends Only During your self-guided audio tour of the Gold Bug you'll hear a California Gold Rush miner tell about the tools he used to get at that elusive yellow metal - GOLD! As you enter the 352 foot drift of this hard rock mine, you will feel the cool air brush against your face. Activity Suggestions: Bring a picnic lunch. Take a relaxing hike suitable for all ages along our dog-friendly trails. Check out the gold rush museum and perhaps stumble upon a lively blacksmith or a "real" 49er to share stories of the good ol' days. Gold Bug Park promises to be a wonderful experience for you and your family. Outdoor Pavilion rental available for groups of up to 75 people - suitable for summer graduations, family picnics, weddings, reunions, and more. For Schools: We offer educational and entertaining guided tours for both schools and private groups. Contact the park to bring your California history curriculum to life.
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2635 Gold Bug Ln, Placerville, CA 95667-4656
+1 530-642-5207
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am encouraging everyone to visit this mine to understand what the miners encountered as they dug through the earth looking for gold. Adjacent exhibits and artifacts were all a plus.

Thank SearchingAncestors24
Reviewed 21 May 2017

You can skip the mine but do not miss the tour and talk of the mining process and the history of the area.

Thank joseph f
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

We are senior couples visiting from out of state. Bucket list item to see where the gold rush began. The self guided mine tour is excellent. Clear , concise and very fun to be able to experience an actual mine...dripping water, low ceilings and cool...More

Thank Suzanne B
Reviewed 9 March 2017

5 minutes from downtown Placerville and super interesting for kids and adults. Did the mine tour which only took 10 minutes or so but very evocative in the damp cool dark cave. Then panned for semi-precious gems. This is the highlight. You pan in a...More

2  Thank wendywendy
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We came here to go do a tour of the mine for my 4th grader who was doing a project on California's Gold Rush. I did this more to get her excited about the project and learning information about it. She brought along a notebook...More

2  Thank Kelli P
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Had a great time. Grandson was so excited about going thru the mind ! Went hiking along the trails ...nice and easy. People are very friendly. Stamp mill is very interesting and Black Bart was a hoot !

3  Thank Triphappy69
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

The gold mine here is fascinating - you can tour at your own pace. Our children of middle school and elementary age loved this place. And it is very convenient - only 10 minutes from Placerville.

3  Thank Brad D
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Hubby, Mom & I went, it was fun, informative & very nice people. Very chilly so wear warm clothes & shoes, it's in a mine

2  Thank Debbie G
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped with kids on the way from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe. The staff were really enthusiastic and informative. Do take time to see the gold extracting area too.

2  Thank J0nnyb0y1969
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This mine in Placerville is easy to reach from Hwy. 50; the exit street, Bedford Ave., is well marked. The site has two parts. The lower part includes a small gift shop, a picnic area (no food is sold on site, however), and access to...More

4  Thank Lisa Y
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Are there any discounts for this place? Special times, days for a discount? Thanks!
12 July 2015|
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Response from Shafsky | Reviewed this property |
No discounts, the park is free. The mine is $6 for adults.