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Herkimer Diamond Mines, Herkimer

Categories: Tourist Spots, Mines
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3.7/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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  • The whole family enjoyed this outing and they want to return next year. We spent about four hours there and found many small crystals. We brought 2 pound hammers, safety glasses, work gloves, a large ...  read more »
  • Brought our 5 grandchildren to enjoy the campground(Oct 8-10, 2016) and the Herkimer Diamond mines. The day started out cool but by 12:30 it was perfect weather for mining. The grandkids ages 15, 10, ...  read more »
  • Giving kids a giant hammer and the opportunity to bang on stuff is pretty much awesome. My kids had a fantastic time and were dirty and tired when we were done. We threw them in the tub and put them t...  read more »
  • I didn't camp, but I intend to return with my family next year to do the full camping experience. The Herkimer Diamond Mines and Museum are just awesome. The museum offers a safety course and lots of fun activities for kids. They offer a guided tour and all the necessary tools to help you find those rivaled Herkimer Diamonds. Great place to bring children of all ages, but older ones will have more fun.
  • Interesting experience. When we went it was mid 90s temperature and humid! It was exhausting swinging that hammer to try to find any stones at the diamond mine. If it would have been in the 70s temp-wise, maybe my experience would have been different. We didn't find much. The whole place seems "picked over" and not many people found to much. It is a great thing to do w family at least once, especially if your a camper. Now, the campsite was pretty nice. We had the unfortunate experience of being in a site right next to 3 huge RVs with a ton of people all shove on one site. They were up until 1AM blaring music and used profanity loudly (ear muffs ony 3 year old); the security there did speak to them, but they were rowdy and we curb our trip short one day due to the inconsiderate people next to us. In fact, the campsite not only reimbursed us for our one day, they made the obnoxious people pay for that money lost for the campgrounds.
  • Fantastic place to spend a day pounding rocks for quartz crystals. They aren't real diamonds but they are a rare type of gem. Bring your own equipment or rent hammers and picks at the site. Turn it into an educational day for the kids or just go and smash rocks like an animal for 8 hours and take some neat rocks home. Your best bet is to find rocks that have lots of small black blemishes in them, usually with some glitter in the blemishes. If you find promising rocks you can bring them home and use a mix of concrete cleaner and water(use caution) to dissolve promising rocks for any crystals hidden inside.
  • My 6 year old loved it. I did too. We didn't want to leave! The giftshop had worthwhile choices, and the museum was just enough for our attention spans since we were eaher to get back to mining. The KOA campground across the street was also phenomenal.
  • Went here with my husband and 3 kids all under 10 years old over memorial day weekend 2016. This was our first experience with a KOA and we will never do another KOA again. We felt like this wasn't camping at all. The sites were right on top of each other and way too congested. My daughter broke her arm our first night on the playground there and we ended up leaving the following day. I never once had anyone there ask how she was or if we needed any help with anything. On top of everything else it was almost impossible to get a refund. This put a bad taste in my mouth for KOA . Never again will we franchise camp only State grounds.
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