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“Great Fun for the Little Ones”
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Smith Ranch
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

The train ride was not exactly as I pictured it to be as it seemed to wind up the property at a distance that could easily walked up in less than the time on the train. Regardless, it was a cute entertaining train with some history to go along with it and what it runs on was an interesting story in itself. Note that the gold panning is just to get your kids going with the concept of what the activity was like as the gold in this trough is NOT real. (It for educational purposes and does not simulate real gold panning). The gold mine was also interesting but you cant really walk too far into the cavern. Again-it's to get a feel for what it is like inside. The kids also had fun on the rope bridge and climbing hill. Bathroom facilities are port-a-potties so be prepared ahead of time to avoid having to use them.

4  Thank anchi123
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Reviewed 6 January 2014 via mobile

Amazing piece of history that causes us to reflect on the beliefs this great country was founded upon.

2  Thank russelhs
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

The tour iteself was interesting and very enjoyable. It was fun to hear about the history, etc. However, the folks that own the property and give the tour are extremely religiously Christian. If you are not, you will be slightly insulted by the continual references to God and Christ. They are trying to pass their message of "God" on to everyone and anyone, which is fine, but they should note that the tour is religious oriented so as not to insult people that are not Christian or religious at all.

15  Thank LovedaCaribbean2920
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Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

Best thing we did in Julian. A little boys paradise with slide, ropes, climbing hills, panning for gold. Great family run place. Will return for sure.

2  Thank princesstree
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Pioneer Ways is a family run business and everyone is involved with the tours. Greg and Lisa Smith, the owners are friendly and nice. This is not the place for people who like to complain (in reference to the person who gave this one star), and yes, they do mention family values and God, as someone else previously stated. However, this is what I would expect from a Mormon family, and a very genuine one at that.

This trip happens to be our 3rd time visiting and we took the Pioneerways Adventure. (We had previously done the Julian Train and Gold Mine, and the Thanksgiving Train.) Both of my children enjoyed it just as much as they had in the past, as did we, and we are looking forward to going again for their American Revolution tour.

There is nothing to complain about. If you like introducing your children to the world in a way that makes learning fun then this is the place for you to come. If they are, (or you are), jaded in your view of the world and expect to be “entertained” only then perhaps you would be better suited to see a movie.

The price is excellent for what you get out of the trip.

Thank travlinfamily1
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