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Hangtown's Gold Bug Park

2635 Gold Bug Lane, Placerville, California 95667 USA

Open Now
Thu 8a-5p

“step back in time”

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 DailyNovember thru March: 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM on Weekends OnlyDuring 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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Reviewed by
Greek_nomad

  • Road Warrior
  • 401 Reviews
  • 205 Helpful
September 25, 2014
Rated 5.0

Gold Bug was a fantastic experience for all of us. The building is located within nature and its wooden construction blends with its surroundings.

I strongly recommend you should take the guided tour so you get to know everything about the history of this place.

Your children will love the mine tour and will explore and see beautiful things within, like mine did.

Afterwards, we sat at the picnic areas and ate our lunch before we left.
Next time we visit, we will wear more comfortable shoes in order to enjoy walking at the trails better.

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Reviewed by
snazzydg

  • 5 Reviews
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September 15, 2017
Rated 4.0

15 minute audio tour of a mine, nice picnic area

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Reviewed by
meganhawley

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June 14, 2017
Rated 3.0

Very cute stop in gold country. You can go in the mine, although it is a short trip. Great for families, the educational aspects were great.

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A Jaunt With Joy

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  • 119 Reviews
  • 28 Helpful
October 02, 2015
Rated 4.0

Tour the mine for $7 pp on a self guided audio tour or hike around the trails onsite. Visit the blacksmith and the little museum and gift shop.

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Reviewed by
femelmay

  • 9 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
February 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

This was a fun stop- the kids (10, 7, and 4) loved panning for gems and there are plenty of small hikes. We didn't have time for the mine tour but did stop at the blacksmith place where the blacksmith talked to us. There is a huge picnic area to eat at. We went in July and it wasn't crowded at all.

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Hangtown's Gold Bug Park

2635 Gold Bug Lane
Placerville, California
95667 USA

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