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“Awesome Anytime (but try to go on a weekday)”
Review of Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages
Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Barre
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The world's largest quarry.
Westfield, New Jersey
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75 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Awesome Anytime (but try to go on a weekday)”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

I learned about Rock of Ages through the Moon Guide for Vermont. My rule of thumb is if Moon Guide thinks a place is quirky, it is going to be awesome! Rock of Ages did not disappoint. Our arrival time allowed us to view the film prior to the tour. I recommend this approach because the film prepares you for your quarry tour by providing information on the process the guide describes and the machinery that you see in the quarry. (I visited on a Saturday, so no one was working in the quarry or the carving studio -- maybe if you go on a weekday the film is unnecessary). Our guide was a former high school teacher who spent summers working in the quarry - he was very informative and could answer any question. In addition to the mind-blowing quarry, other highlights are the granite bowling alley, and the free granite samples. The museum and gift shop are a bit lame, but that's not what I came to see. I recommend Rock of Ages to everyone - young, old, children, and teenagers. I'm returning on a weekday with my family so I can view all the action!

Visited June 2014
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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Very, very cool!”
Reviewed 16 June 2014 via mobile

This place is pretty awesome. There aren't many like this that you can visit so if you're in the area, definitely stop here. There is a cool gift shop and the tour is chock full of fun facts. The view into the quarry from the top is awesome and a little scary, too. If you like to learn how things works, this is a must.

Visited May 2014
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4 reviews
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“Very interesting and real”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

This was a very impressive side trip. Tour was very real and I left with some great appreciation and learning of the rock industry. Tour guide was very personable.

Visited June 2014
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Boxborough, Massachusetts
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“Great Fun”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Because it is early in the season, our tour involved following our guide to the quarry in our own cars rather than getting in a bus. The guide really knew his stuff. Well worth a visit. Next time we'll try to visit during the week when the quarry is working.

Visited June 2014
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Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“What an interesting surprise!”
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We picked up a brochure for this in the Vermont visitor center and stopped on our way to Burlington. Of all the "attractions" we stopped in during our visit, this was the most memorable. Try to go during the weekdays when the factory and quarry is in operation. What a shock going into the factory viewing area (free). We weren't prepared for the enormity of the work area. We stayed for quite a while watching all the goings on. We also enjoyed the quarry tour (3.50 per person) which runs about every 45 minutes and last for about 1/2 hour. They take a break for lunch at 12:30 and start the tours again around 1:40. You can call to find out tour times if you want. We didn't get to watch the film or go to the nearby abandoned quarry. If you want to do everything, plan on being there for at least 1 1/2 hours. Be sure to follow the directions on the brochure rather than putting in the address into the GPS as it won't take you to the right place.

Visited May 2014
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