Emerald Village, Little Switzerland

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  • Went mining with our Grand children. Was not a true mining experience like I have done before. We bought a bucket of dirt and washed it in a sluice. They found lots of different minerals so they were ...  more »
  • My hubby had wanted to go gem mining for a long time and this fit the bill. Although it can be overrun with activity buses full of kids, there is plenty of room to purchase a bucket and search for gem...  more »
  • It was a great experience and we found several gems that we had made into necklaces! We got the large bucket and enjoyed searching for our gems!! The large bucket included a cut of one of the stones w...  more »
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  • Family trip ruined by a rude staff member. He approached our older boys saying "What are you, 2?! Act your age" while jerking the trays out of their hands and reprimanding them. No tactful conversation and no attempt to 1st discuss his issue with a parent (I was standing right beside them and my husband was down the bench from them). My boys were playing, not being destructive, certainly nothing that warranted this guys words or actions. My husband tried to talk to him, but he maintained an arrogant attitude, no apology no effort at all for customer service. When I realized he didn't care, I let him know we would be contacting the owner and sharing our experience. His words to me, "Oh well... they won't listen". Lesson learned, we won't be spending money for that kind of 'service' again.
  • The best gem and mine experience ever. I would go back if I ever get back to NC. The experience is adult and kid friendly. The staff was very pleasant. One of a kind for sure
  • Had a great day here-got a bucket of gravel to sluice through with plenty of great finds. Took the self guided mine tour and got to poke our way through all the little knick knacks. Great way to spend a day!
  • Love this place. Very educational.
  • WE had so much fun......a great little tour of this place was enjoyable, and informative. Very beautiful area. Loved mining for gemstones.....though we were laughing quite a bit while panning through our bucket. These gems were giant! I'd scoop from the bucket into my grid, and ask my daughter, "Do you think I have anything in this scoop?", while laughing at the giant 5" blue stone. I love rocks, gems etc....so, love getting the giant gems....

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