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Our 12 year old grandson came for a visit and in researching things to do with him, I found Oceanview Mines! It may seem a little pricey, but it was worth it. Doing the mining thing was the highlight of his stay with us!
Be prepared to work hard if you want to find anything. The more dirt is screened and inspected, the greater the chances of finding something worthwhile. There will be the occasional find of something quite valuable, but the odds are, it won't be you. However,...More
My husband and I went out on a whim and while fun, don't expect to find gemstones. Oh sure you may come away with one or two gemstones of little worth, three if you're very lucky. However the pile has been picked through (admitted by...More
Went here for my first rock hound experience with my cousin who knows her minerals and gems. The staff shows you how to dig a bucket full of rocks and how to sift thru to do the micro work of rock hounding. Staff was friendly...More
You are lured by the promises of gems from the earth that will magically appear as you screen the tailings (discarded by-products of the mining process which often contain overlooked gems) from the mine. In the introduction talk good sized and nice quality specimens are...More
I they made it so fun over here for my family and I I was impressed about all the knowledge they had known and all the background behind to the mines my kids had a great time and the people that work there made it...More
I have recently become fascinated with rock hounding and gem mining after being surrounded all my life by these Beautiies.
I am exploring several of the mines that are very near to me and finding the unique aspects to each.
My favorite of all is...More
The Oceanview mine is a fun place to visit to try your hand at gem mining. They've got the screens and washes for you and you dig buckets out of a big pile of dirt and wash it for gemstones. I got a nice baggie...More
This is a mine that opens an area so you can dig through mine material. They provide a wonderful ride to the top of the mountain to see several of the historical and active mines. This is a closely monitored activity, but the staff is...More