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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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Ever Visited a Real Gold Mine?

If you find yourself in the Placerville area and you have an afternoon to check things out, you owe... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Camino, California
Bring the family, bring the dogs and have a ball!

This is such a great park and museum! They also have tours that you can go on and learn more about... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
Burney, California
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2635 Gold Bug Ln, Placerville, CA 95667-4656
+1 530-642-5207
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you find yourself in the Placerville area and you have an afternoon to check things out, you owe it to yourself to check out the Gold Bug Park. If you love California history, you don't want to miss this. There are real gold mines...More

1  Thank mtngurly
Reviewed 26 October 2017

This is such a great park and museum! They also have tours that you can go on and learn more about the park. I didn't go on the tour because I didn't have time, but they are reasonably priced and have a lot to offer....More

1  Thank casabear
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We love this small goldmine park that features a goldmine and lots of caves. Not a large site but it has the basics and is really cute.

1  Thank Ladyfish1000
Reviewed 7 September 2017

A great place to take kids from 6 up. It gives an excellent overview of what gold minng was like in the 1850s. most interesting was the machinery used to break up the ore to get to the gold

Thank John G
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Upon visiting Hangtown we discovered very quickly just how fun this place would be! It is very quiet and very beautiful although it is not far from the main highway. Extremely easy to get to without a doubt. Five minute maximum drive from old town...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We went with our two young grandsons as part of our trip Highway 49 and the Gold Rush trail...the boys loved panning for very small "gems" (they had panned for gold the prior day in Columbia, CA) -- kept them occupied and happy for an...More

1  Thank Trup
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We downloaded the 'self guided' tour app...which was really great. If you didn't have a smart phone, they would lend you one to use for the tour! Oh and hard hats are a MUST! I would have had one heck of a headache if I...More

Thank Chaynes1105
Reviewed 8 August 2017

fun to see old gold mine and how they mined it and the grounds and the stamp mill, blacksmith and trails to walk

Thank the1imp
Reviewed 23 July 2017

I couldn't download the Gold Bug app to my smartphone, so we used their antiquated playback devices, which worked just fine. It was an interesting look back in time into the life of a miner. The mine is especially cool, so if it's a hot...More

1  Thank Retrohippie
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We toured the mine with some kiddos and several adults. Turns out that the adults were more intrigued with the mine than the kids were. It's was a fun time had by all. It's a quick tour and does not take a lot of time...More

Thank Maria G
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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.