An ad for Julian actually came up in my Travel/Leisure magazine. We had walked in the tiny town of Julian before, but never knew about the mine tour. It's a little confusing, as on your way to Julian, you see a mine cart which announces a ride and think this is it. In fact, while in Julian and going up the big hill to get there, you see the mine cart again and expect a ride when you actually get there. The tour guide actually told us of the somewhat fraud that is going on with this. This review is about the mine tour on C Street.
It's $10. for adults and $5. for children. We were a party of eight and all thought it was worth it; it lasts about an hour and is informative and fun. They did advertise restrooms on the premises. Wear comfortable shoes, as you are walking in an actual gold mine, which is dimly lit, on dirt and sidestepping the mine rail track. You have to duck in some parts and climb one ladder. They have made the tour family friendly and it is both in/out of the mine.
The guide we had was so well versed and able to answer any question with a wealth of information. At the end, he shows you how they panned for gold, which is a great interactive activity for kids. What a great way to capture the mining town of Julian and what it was like back then!
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