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Columbia State Historic Park

Closes in 19 min: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Experience The Old West

California has many state parks, most of which highlight the state's natural beauty. Columbia State... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Francisco, California
Nice stop going to Yosemite

I always like to see a lot of different things while on vacation so when we were going to Yosemite... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Valori H
Brainerd, Minnesota
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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“gold panning”(73 reviews)
“pan for gold”(49 reviews)
“gold rush town”(38 reviews)
This historic Gold Rush town was made a state park in 1945. Between the 1850s and 1870s over one-half billion dollars in gold (at today's value) was mined in the area.
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11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310-9425
+1 209-588-9128
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Reviewed 1 week ago

California has many state parks, most of which highlight the state's natural beauty. Columbia State Historic Park is different. The Gold Rush era town has been preserved and--unlike the Plimoth Plantation in Massachusetts or even Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia--Columbia is a working, living town that...More

Thank WalnutBaron
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I always like to see a lot of different things while on vacation so when we were going to Yosemite from San Francisco I found this little gem. It’s a very neat town where we bowled, had sarsaparilla, burgers at one of the restaurants, panned...More

Thank Valori H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Could not get the real historic feeling for this place. Buildings were rebuild according the originals but inside there are lots of stores now selling touristy staff of are restaurants, cafes and so on. You can buy a stage coach ride through town or try...More

1  Thank eva1500
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a walk around the old town with my friend who lives locally, when I was staying with her. What I really loved was the atmosphere - it was like stepping back in time, with narrow little streets, old-style buildings and horses giving rides...More

Thank ladyvalkyrie22
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Amazingly, this place is not a dumb tourist trap! The people here are really into recreating and keeping alive the spirit of the time and place and create a very high-quality experience. So I guess if you're a dumb tourist, I would say there's nothing...More

1  Thank John M
Reviewed August 13, 2018

I'm so disappointed that this didn't jump out on Trip Advisor as a must-see. I went to Gold Country looking for ghost towns, haunted things, mining camps and old-timey stuff. What I found were a million antique shops and boring small boutiques, UNTIL I CAME...More

1  Thank Harpskii
Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

Old functioning town rich in American West history. Gold panning for young kids, horse drawn carriage rides for the young at heart. Historical bowling alley open for all ages.

Thank Valerie C
Reviewed July 24, 2018

I just love this place! The authentic buildings, the museum, and the informative park rangers, it is all so rustic and fun! Great shopping at great prices! And, there is a culinary college nearby so the food is fantastic! Don't miss the pizza at the...More

Thank pgreenhalghccc
Reviewed July 12, 2018

If you have never panned for gold this is a fun event for the whole family... all ages get a kick out of it and they do a good job showing you what to do. Also they have a little shop with lots of unique...More

1  Thank maryhadreas
Reviewed July 10, 2018

We went on a Monday and the town was pretty empty. Still, most of the stores were open and the attractions were operating. We opted to do the stagecoach ride. I am glad we did. It was very enjoyable. My family (husband and two boys,...More

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Nearby RestaurantsSee all 12 restaurants in Columbia
Columbia Kate's Teahouse
105 reviews
.11 km away
Jack Douglass Saloon
43 reviews
.15 km away
El Jardin
61 reviews
.16 km away
Fallon Ice Cream Parlor
24 reviews
.29 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 14 attractions in Columbia
Zephyr Whitewater Expeditions
87 reviews
.10 km away
Columbia Candy Kitchen
28 reviews
.09 km away
Columbia Booksellers & Stationers
8 reviews
.11 km away
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Dana L
July 27, 2018|
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Response from Shirley F | Reviewed this property |
Hi. No i dont think there was but still worth the visit. You can cool down with a drink in the saloon or an ice cream from the authentic candy shop
Dana L
July 27, 2018|
Response from Sharon V | Reviewed this property |
Only at the restaurants and shops...otherwise, most activities are outdoors.
April 14, 2018|
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Response from MrsTruffleDog | Reviewed this property |
We took ours this week without any difficulty; she was on the leash obviously and in our arms inside the stores for convenience.