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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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Planned on Apple Hill but ended up here for the afternoon. So glad we stopped, lots of great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Macnlv
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Very informative

Wasn't sure what we were in for, but were delighted with the customer service, the excitement from... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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2635 Gold Bug Ln, Placerville, CA 95667-4656
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Planned on Apple Hill but ended up here for the afternoon. So glad we stopped, lots of great history and much to learn and see. Would love to stop again when in the area.

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Charles B, Public Relations Manager at Hangtown's Gold Bug Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're so pleased you stopped by and had a fun adventure! EUREKA!!!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wasn't sure what we were in for, but were delighted with the customer service, the excitement from people onsite, and what we all found out. Was a really neat experience!

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Charles B, Public Relations Manager at Hangtown's Gold Bug Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for the kind review. As the miners would say: EUREKA!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Stamp mill, mine shaft and gift shop make this the place to visit. Take a hike or have a picnic. Seems like you are in the woods a mere mile out of town.

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

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

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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
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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.

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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

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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
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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
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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
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No discounts, the park is free. The mine is $6 for adults.
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