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Fun for the whole family.

If you have never panned for gold this is a fun event for the whole family... all ages get a kick... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sonora, California
Interesting little town.

We went on a Monday and the town was pretty empty. Still, most of the stores were open and the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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This historic Gold Rush town was made a state park in 1945. Between the 1850s and 1870s over one-half billion dollars in gold (at today's value) was mined in the area.
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11255 Jackson St, Columbia, CA 95310-9425
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you have never panned for gold this is a fun event for the whole family... all ages get a kick out of it and they do a good job showing you what to do. Also they have a little shop with lots of unique...More

Thank maryhadreas
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went on a Monday and the town was pretty empty. Still, most of the stores were open and the attractions were operating. We opted to do the stagecoach ride. I am glad we did. It was very enjoyable. My family (husband and two boys,...More

Thank Hawkshoe
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just some houses with a lot of shops and in between some information about life during to gold rush. Might be a good experience for families with children .They can pan gold or drive with the stage coach. I have seen much better historical documentation...More

Thank claudia p
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a tourist-y re-creation of a gold rush town, a few authentic buildings and memorabilia, some other stuff for families like a stage coach ride and a pretty fun 4th of july parade.

Thank paul22luap
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun park to visit. There is a stage coach and gold panning available with lessons. This is real draw for children. They spent the day here panning, candle dipping and walking through the old town. There is ample parking as well.

Thank journeymaid48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been here several times, and Columbia is always worth a visit. This is a refurbished Gold Country gold rush town, with (in season) costumed docents and workers who are happy to explain how things were "back then". This is really good for families...More

Thank tomandkarenw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This collection of 19th century buildings from California's mining heyday have been lovingly restored to preserve the historic value of this area for California's miners. The costumed docents in each store or area (merchants, miners, artisans) tell the story of the town. Songs from this...More

Thank takrafty
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our kids really enjoyed the mine where they “washed “ some gold. Beautiful rock gardens of marble. Old street with vintage shops. It was a perfect stop for us during our road-trip in California.

Thank Katia P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

About 3.5 hours drive from San Francisco there is a small town where a reconsideration of the Gold Rush era. Once parked in the parking lot, get to the information center to learn about the buildings and activities. It is a great opportunity for kids...More

Thank Sharon V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best way to break down the long journey between Yosemite and San Francisco. Absolutely worth the detour and truly enjoyable for the whole family, including young and old children, as well as adults. I definitely recommend the “gold panning”.

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14 April 2018|
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Response from MrsTruffleDog | Reviewed this property |
We took ours this week without any difficulty; she was on the leash obviously and in our arms inside the stores for convenience.
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27 March 2018|
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Response from greenham01 | Reviewed this property |
Depends - first it is not "on the way" - it adds about an hour detour compared to going straight to Yosemite from SFO. Secondly, it doesn't take that much time to visit the park - a couple of hours more or less should do... More
9 October 2017|
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Response from Raenette G | Reviewed this property |
Up yes they are open 7 days a week certain business close different days, you might find that info on park website