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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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Go down into a real goldmine!

The entrance fee entitles you to an app guided tour of the Gold Bug Mine. No longer active, it was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Zorro805
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Arroyo Grande, California
Great find

This place is a little out of the way but well worth the effort. The tour of the gold mine is short... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dan L
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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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  • Average6%
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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2635 Gold Bug Ln, Placerville, CA 95667-4656
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+1 530-642-5207
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"gift shop"
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"mine shaft"
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"fun place to visit"
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"working blacksmith shop"
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"mining tour"
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"own pace"
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"staff was very friendly"
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"nice walk"
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"great history"
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"old west"
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"downtown placerville"
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"beautiful scenery"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The entrance fee entitles you to an app guided tour of the Gold Bug Mine. No longer active, it was worked untl the 1950's. You download the app and a narrator explains each stop with colordul comments. After the tour you can visit the gift...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a little out of the way but well worth the effort. The tour of the gold mine is short but informative and well thought through. The guys in the blacksmith and stamp mill are really enthusiastic about the history of the place...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

Self guided tour using an app you need to download on your phone. Our phone didn't work very well but just seeing the mine was OK without the audio. Doesn't take a lot of time. Short, easy walk but is a little wet.

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Reviewed April 2, 2018

This is a beautiful spot to enjoy a picnic, allow children some hiking freedom and gain lots of knowledge about the Gold Rush. We've taken our grandchildren there (age 5-13) and they completely enjoyed the experience. Visiting the Blacksmith Shop is especially fascinating for kids.

1  Thank dsaxtonCalifornia
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Our grandkids enjoyed the mine tour and panning for the “gems.” Don’t miss the blacksmith shop. The blacksmiths were very informative.

1  Thank LosCaboscouple
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Reviewed March 12, 2018

The Gold Bug Mine is an outstanding chance to walk into a real gold mine, and see, and feel what it was like working in the cool/ damp tunnel. You get a self guided head set that will explain what your seeing inside the cave....More

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Reviewed February 7, 2018 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 February 9, 2018

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

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Reviewed February 4, 2018

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 February 6, 2018

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

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Reviewed January 21, 2018 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 November 14, 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

1  Thank mtngurly
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Saurabh-RV
April 16, 2018|
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Response from CarlaB6 | Reviewed this property |
It's not a long walk, so your toddler should do fine. My kids didn't have to wear a hard hat since they were so short. It's based on heights.
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shel_bel9
July 12, 2015|
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Response from Shafsky | Reviewed this property |
No discounts, the park is free. The mine is $6 for adults.
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