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Herkimer Diamond Mines

4601 Route 28N, Herkimer, NY 13350
+1 315-717-0175
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Wonderful but is hard work

We weren't prepared, but had a great time hunting for Herkimer Diamonds. We thought that it would... read more

Reviewed today
Sharlene C
Great Family Fun

You can dig above ground on the walls or simply walk around the rubble after a rain storm and look... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Mark Y
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Richmond, Virginia
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“safety glasses” (17 reviews)
“gift shop” (29 reviews)
“quartz crystals” (11 reviews)
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4601 Route 28N, Herkimer, NY 13350
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+1 315-717-0175
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"safety glasses"
in 17 reviews
"gift shop"
in 29 reviews
"quartz crystals"
in 11 reviews
"knee pads"
in 8 reviews
"finding diamonds"
in 6 reviews
"real diamonds"
in 3 reviews
"wear sturdy shoes"
in 3 reviews
"bring water"
in 6 reviews
"great activity"
in 4 reviews
"a lot of fun"
in 8 reviews
"fun experience"
in 5 reviews
"we spent hours"
in 3 reviews
"rock hounds"
in 3 reviews
"chisel"
in 41 reviews
"koa"
in 29 reviews
"rocks"
in 110 reviews
"gems"
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Reviewed today

We weren't prepared, but had a great time hunting for Herkimer Diamonds. We thought that it would be like so many other places that you went in and it would be ok. We plan on going back to really hunt for diamonds with all the...More

Thank Sharlene C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

You can dig above ground on the walls or simply walk around the rubble after a rain storm and look for the sun glistening off the the quartz diamonds laying on the surface. Lots of fun.

1  Thank Mark Y
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A lot of work, a lot of money for very little return. Sounded like fun, got to cross an item off my bucket list -- but not sure that I would do it again. Maybe if I knew what I was doing; maybe if I...More

Thank Sue P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The mines were a lot of fun and the kids (14 & 9) had a great time smashing rocks to try to find the treasures inside. They give you a small sledgehammer-if you want better tools you’re allowed to bring them. Definitely wear eye protection...More

Thank Erica J
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to be a treasure hunter! Usually you can find 2 or 3 or even a lot more! Why not find one for your new fiance and have it cut into a diamond shape? Would mean more than any bought diamond...More

Thank PaulaandScott201
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Herkimer Diamond mine with the Family. This is also a KOA although we stayed in town. Nice to find a place as it is advertised. Great place for rock hounds of all ages. There are 3 mines to choose from. They also have...More

Thank CrazyDad42
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Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are very glad to hear that you had a successful trip to the mines and that you found a small pocket of Herkimer Diamonds! We appreciate you taking the time to leave such detailed review and great feedback. We look forward to having you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The positives: kids love wacking rocks with hammers, and the $12 sluicing option guarantees that they'll have something to take home (option of herkimer diamonds, gemstones, or fossil bags). The negatives: you only get a hammer. No chisel, no safety glasses. Just kids with hammers....More

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Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for coming out to try your hand at mining at the Herkimer Diamond Mines! We do strongly suggest protective eyewear to be worn, and they are for sale in our registration area. We are so glad that you could visit, and we hope...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

If you try you will find crystals here. I have tried all the mines but this is the one with the clearest crystals. You can either break rocks or scavenge through the dirt to find them. If you do work the wall you will need...More

2  Thank michelle w
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Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Michelle, we are so glad that you had a pleasant and productive visit to the diamond mines! We appreciate you sharing some details that will help others work the wall to find some great pieces to take home with them. We thank you so much...More

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Lots of construction equipment in parking lot. Tour is self-guided and much walking. Decided not to take the tour.More

2  Thank john S
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Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2018

John, thank you for visiting the Herkimer Diamond Mines. We're currently working on the completion of our newest addition, Miners' Village. The village will have a Village Hall and cafe, along with a village store and schoolhouse. We will also be building a barn that...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

It started out to be a great adventure that quickly turned dangerous. Everyone was given a rock hammer. When hammering rocks pieces of the rock fly in all directions. Mining for diamonds requires proper gear. We should never have done this dressed the way we...More

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Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

We are sorry about your unfortunate injury and we are very pleased that Jordan was able to assist you. When rock hammers are given out, goggles are always recommended for usage, as well as, closed-toed shoes. We take safety very seriously in our mines and,...More

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mickeymouth1234
18 June 2018|
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Response from Angiesnuthouse | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I believe it's a little bit over 4 hours,
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dguetti23
16 May 2018|
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Response from Kandi S | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in visiting Herkimer Diamond Mines! You are welcome to bring anything that you might already have (hammer, chisel, safety goggles, etc). Admission to the mines include the use of a rock hammer... More
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cl0gan98
2 October 2016|
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Response from Sharon F | Reviewed this property |
I don't think there is a particular schedule. My understanding is after Ted & crew have mined on the right side, debris is moved to the left side where the public "mines" .
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