Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, Brevard

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  • I visited this place when I was married and very happy. We only had our son back then and our beautiful daughter wasn't born yet. This is one of the most fantastic Adventures that you can take a four-...  more »
  • Lots of pretties for sale. Kids were mining inside the business. I almost bought a pair of awesome bookends!  more »
  • Helpful staff, beautiful gems and minerals for sale, and an indoor flume so that you can mine for gems despite the weather.  more »
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  • I think this would be a fine attraction for children under the age of 5, but I'm not sure older children (or adults) will get much out of it. We went to three gem mining locations on our recent visit to NC, and this was our least favorite of the three. We purchased the 2.2 gallon "random gemstone bucket" for $20. It took us less than 15 minutes to sift through the entire bucket with our 8 year old. Everything in the bucket was either (a) sand or (b) a large colored rock. There was zero effort involved in sorting out the good from the bad. So again, great for young kids, but absolutely boring for older kids and parents. As for the "gems" themselves, what we got is comparable to what you would get if you bought a random rock assortment for your rock tumbler - pretty colors, but other than quartz/amethyst - no gems in the traditional sense. I'm guessing we paid $20 to take home about $10 worth of "pretty rocks", which would have been fine if the entertainment value had been better. The man working the desk was friendly. The facilities were clean and tidy. The "rock shop" part of the attraction was okay. My daughter decided to get a small jar of suspended silver flakes, but we weren't tempted by anything else.
  • We went here on a weekday afternoon in early March 2018. We were the only customers at the time. We got the $20 bucket for our 4 year old and it took him about 20-30 minutes to scoop and sift through all the sand. He found about 20 large gems among the sand and LOVED IT. The worker offered to tell him about all the gems, which he did. Our son took the gems home in some ziplock bags (provided by the store) and showed them to all his friends and classmates. It was fun and a learning experience. Highly recommend.
  • We drove 2 hours from our Airbnb cabin to visit this business. The cold weather temps in the middle of December caused most gem mine locals to close but lucky for us, this one is indoors! It ended up being one of our favorite adventures! We had a blast, our kids would have kept going but we stopped at 2 - 5 gallon buckets. The young man that was there on the Sunday we stopped in was one of the best parts of our time there. He was such a joy to be around, helpful and the kids appreciated his knowledge. We found rubies, emeralds, sapphires, copper, iron, fossils, rose quartz, etc. etc and two softball size geodes that were packed full of crystals. The place was beautiful, well maintained, colorful, clean and fun. So happy we made the drive.
  • We had a great time today at the Crystal Mountain Gem Mine. We were invited to a birthday party didn’t know what to expect but definitely exceeded our expectations. The gentleman that was there was very courteous and informative. If your looking to have some fun with the family check this place out. If you have kids under 3 go with the small bucket, 3-6 medium one, and 6&up any size.
  • What an amazing place! Perfect location downtown. Great selection of specimen and prices are just right! The kids had a blast gem mining! We did an all inclusive bucket around 5 gallons or so and wow we found Rubies, emerald and assortment of little orthoceras fossils and even a megladon shark tooth! And much much more! It was a blast! Thank you so much for great family fun!
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