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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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Fun & informative

Hubby, Mom & I went, it was fun, informative & very nice people. Very chilly so wear warm clothes... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2016
Debbie G
Placerville, California
Very friendly and well worth stop

Stopped with kids on the way from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe. The staff were really enthusiastic... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2016
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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 am - 4:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
2635 Gold Bug Ln, Placerville, CA 95667-4656
+1 530-642-5207
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Reviewed 6 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

3  Thank Debbie G
Reviewed 30 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 28 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

5  Thank Lisa Y
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Kind of fun to walk into a rock tunnel. It make you appreciate the amount of labor required to dig through rock. The people are friendly and the museum is nice but after an hour or so we were ready to go. Nice park to...More

2  Thank someyawhoo
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Self-guided tour of the mine was informative and easy to use. Highlights for us were the walking trails with trail guide, and a visit to the Stamp Mill (docent lead) and Blacksmith Shop (awesome living history presentation by John the Blacksmith). Clean and comfortable picnic...More

2  Thank Priscilla57326
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We learned alot about gold mining that we didn't know. All the guides are volunteers & very knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

2  Thank crieder58
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Went here on a Tuesday, so not crowded at all. Started at the self-guided mine tour of the Gold Bug mine, my 6 foot tall husband had to keep ducking to avoid banging his helmet (thank goodness we were all issued one) on the mine...More

2  Thank Margaret W
Reviewed 25 September 2016

The park is a quick drive from Placerville's Main Street, in a sunny forested area, where I saw 4 deer. I first went to the stamp mill where a volunteer explained its function and history. There is a blacksmith shop on site where the blacksmith...More

4  Thank Allison K
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Fun place to visit especially for those who have kids. One of the few mines left that people can experience the gold rush era

Thank Samantha G
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Took our 5 year old great grandson there on a hot day and it was to refreshingly cool inside the mine

1  Thank JAN M
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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.