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“Fun afternoon of exploring, exercise and education.”

Hangtown's Gold Bug Park
Ranked #1 of 47 things to do in Placerville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
El Dorado Hills, California
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81 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Fun afternoon of exploring, exercise and education.”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Great hiking trails and lots of nature. Terrain can be a little steep in places. The mining displays are very interesting. Have not done the paid mine shaft 'tour'. Picnic area. Stream. All around something for everyone.

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Cameron Park, California
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28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Historic must see.”
Reviewed 28 January 2012

History abounds here. A visit inside the Gold Bug Mine is a must but make sure you wear a coat.

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Davis, California
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great place to learn about mining”
Reviewed 11 December 2011

A must when you are in Placerville. Make sure to take the mine tour and also see the stamp mill. My son especially liked having to wear a hard hat : ) Hands on history is the best way to learn about the gold rush.

Visited November 2011
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Loved this place!”
Reviewed 29 November 2011

What a great bit of history and the staff there are amazing and funny and sweet!

Visited October 2011
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East Wenatchee, Washington
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167 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“It's Mine; No, it's mine!”
Reviewed 31 October 2011

I loved the mine and the audio tour. Easy access, even for less mobile persons. Very well constructed stopping points in the mine. Easy to understand. And, just like Disney, has a gift shop at the exit! I would definately return to this park, and recommend it to others. Allow about 30-40 mines for the self-guided tour.

Visited October 2011
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