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Herkimer Diamond Mines

4601 Route 28N, Herkimer, NY 13350
+1 315-717-0175
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Adults loved it, kids hated it

We thought this would be perfect for kids age 9 and 11, but they hated it. We had no clue where to... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
motorgirl1111
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Connecticut
via mobile
NOT IMPRESSED

As an older person this was not my cup of tea. The hammer that you use to hit the rocks is heavy... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
creativeworld
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Parish,NY
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good42%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“gift shop” (28 reviews)
“quartz crystals” (11 reviews)
“sledge hammer” (9 reviews)
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4601 Route 28N, Herkimer, NY 13350
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+1 315-717-0175
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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We thought this would be perfect for kids age 9 and 11, but they hated it. We had no clue where to find the diamonds in the rocks. It would have been nice to be able to point to a rock and say, "hit that...More

Thank motorgirl1111
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2017

We are so glad to hear that you had a wonderful visit and found some great keepsakes to take home! We look forward to seeing you all again sometime!

Reviewed 17 August 2017

As an older person this was not my cup of tea. The hammer that you use to hit the rocks is heavy. I did not find it the least bit interesting hitting rocks hoping to find something that you know the mining company is going...More

Thank creativeworld
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2017

Thank you for visiting our diamond mines during your recent visit to the area. We are sorry that your experience in our mines did not meet your expectations. Our diamond mines are natural, not man-made, therefore we do not know where the concentration of diamonds...More

Reviewed 6 August 2017

This is an actual quarry with uneven ground. Be prepared to work hard (but it's fun). Wear sturdy shoes and if you can't tolerate squatting for long periods you might want to bring a pad to sit on. It can get hot during a warm,...More

Thank Deb T
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you for coming out to visit our wonderful diamond mines, Deb! We are so glad to hear that you had a pleasant time and we hope to see you again sometime!

Reviewed 3 August 2017

We had a ball. Weather was perfect, for us. I would suggest good hiking shoes or sneakers. They loan you a hammer with the entrance fee. You can buy buckets but bring your own. If you don't mind hot work, and dirt, you'll do just...More

2  Thank Catharine B
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

We are so thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic time in our mines, Catharine! We hope to see you again real soon!

Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

We tried our luck at mining and it's a fun way to spend a few hours. It can be tiring but it's a good thing to try in your lifetime and you can appreciate how hard mining is. They have a nice museum and food...More

2  Thank kmb0715
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you for coming out to try your hand at our diamond mines! We are so happy to hear that you had such a wonderful and informative visit. We hope that you will come visit us again if you are ever in the area. Take...More

Reviewed 31 July 2017

Okay, so this wasn't exactly MY idea of a "fun time" - WHO KNEW?? I LOVED IT!!! A few tips from this "old pro" - go on a cloudy day when it's cool - it can get hot and buggy it the "mine" or so...More

4  Thank Ellesor826
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

We are so glad that you had a wonderful visit to the Herkimer Diamond Mines! We appreciate the pointers that you share with our future guests and hope to see you both again real soon!

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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

We took about an hour to find our first but after that our 8 year old couldn't be stopped. It was the same for most kids there. Some advice- some reviews say they rent hammers. Not true. They GIVE you a 2.5lb sledge to use....More

3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

We are so glad to hear that you both had such a wonderful time mining! We appreciate your great review and hope that you both will come visit us again real soon!

Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

Went to Herkimer Diamond Mines today with wife and kids. It did not seem as easy to find stones as it was a couple years ago, but we still got 10 good 3-10mm crystals and a couple 2+cm that we unfortunately broke. The sluice and...More

2  Thank mph2015
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

We are so glad to hear that you like the improvements that we had made over the years! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us and future guests to the area! We hope to see you all again in the...More

Reviewed 21 July 2017

If you desire to work in the hot sun, getting a heavy hammer to search for quartz crystals, this is the place to be! Better off going to the onsite store to purchase interesting gemstones. That is air conditioned! Second floor shows a good video...More

1  Thank Bruce1515
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2017

Thank you for visiting the Herkimer Diamond Mines during your recent travels to the area. Herkimer Diamonds are beautiful double-terminated quartz crystals found right here in Herkimer, New York and are close to five hundred million years old. They are magnificent works of nature that...More

Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Wear sneakers, buy/bring the goggles, bring water, be prepared to get filthy, bring an old rag to cover your rocks before you smash. We had 3, 5, 6, 7 year olds. The kids got over it fairly quick (I would say for kids 7 and...More

3  Thank Patty N
Brian S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2017

Thank you so much for coming to see us for a fun day of mining Patty! We do recommend our mines for slightly older kids, although all ages can definitely have fun with the help of an adult. We are so glad to hear you...More

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cl0gan98
2 October 2016|
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Response from Sharon F | Reviewed this property |
I don't think there is a particular schedule. My understanding is after Ted & crew have mined on the right side, debris is moved to the left side where the public "mines" .
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Elizabeth D
9 July 2016|
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Response from Amy M | Reviewed this property |
Directly acrossed the street is a campground with cabins. We LOVED it.
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rdrunners2
13 March 2016|
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Response from Hollie W | Reviewed this property |
The campground is broken into two areas. One is at the base of the "mounds". There is water and electric at those sites. The bathrooms with showers are at the general store (short walk). There were also campsites up the hill... More
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