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Soudan Underground Mine State Park

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Address: 1379 Stuntz Bay Rd., Soudan, MN 55782
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Site of Minnesota's deepest iron mine.

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Go deep down

You take a mining elevator almost 1/2 mile down. That's almost twice as far down as the Empire State Building is up. You get in a mining elevator and it's a bumpy shaky ride for... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
Chaska, Minnesota
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Chaska, Minnesota
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79 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

You take a mining elevator almost 1/2 mile down. That's almost twice as far down as the Empire State Building is up. You get in a mining elevator and it's a bumpy shaky ride for three minutes plus stopping time. Sometimes the elevator car might stop, waiting for cables to switch for something about another car to go. I can't... More 

1 Thank Sieg1313
West Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

The elevator ride down a half mile and later, the ride back up are adventures in themselves. Be aware that they do pack you into the elevator and that is the reason some say it is not for people with claustrophobia. However, the elevator ride only lasts a few short minutes, and you will be glad you took this tour.... More 

2 Thank Howard M
Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This was a fantastic tour for our entire family - our girls are 10, 10 and 8. We all learned a lot and the guides did a great job explaining everything and telling us how the mine came to be and what it was like when in operation. The ride down the elevator shaft was exciting!

Thank Sweetdogs
Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This was a very fun stop on our road trip. The guide was clearly extremely passionate about the history and process of the mine and local area, and it came through in his enthusiastic presentation. As others have noted, the elevator ride down into the mine is not for the claustrophobic, but it was exhilarating as we traveled 10.5 mph... More 

1 Thank HowieRoll09
Duluth, Minnesota
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80 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

This was my first time touring the mine, always been on my list to do. Very pretty drive from Duluth. For two people we paid $24, the tour was nearly two hours. No bags or hats are allowed down in the mine, they do provide free lockers. Temperature is a constant 51 degrees, so a light jacket may be needed.... More 

Thank Nicole D
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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79 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

We went on two tours, the mine tour and the physics tour. Call ahead to find out if they are still offering the physics tour, because the lab was shut down and being moved. The ride down the shaft is thrilling - not for those that are claustrophobic, however. They will cram you into the "elevator." If you are Claustrophobic,... More 

1 Thank tigereye79
Minneapolis, MN
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

You will gain a "deep" appreciation for the life of the deep rock iron miners in Minnesota's past. The tour guides do a fabulous job of portraying exactly what the life was like underground. The ride down 2,700 feet is loud and a little claustrophobic, but very safe and gives one a better appreciation of the daily rigor of the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We were able to take a small mine "elevator" down 1/2 mile underground to the 27th level of a mine where iron ore was mined up until 1962. Our guide was VERY knowledgeable and showed us how the mining was done, the risks associated with it, the history of it, and the economics associated with iron ore mining and its... More 

Thank Doug B
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Dress for 50 degrees. It is windy and cool as you ride the 3/4 mile in the tunnels. Don't go if claustrophobic. There will be 18 of you in an elevator standing shoulder to shoulder. You can walk up 38 steps on a spiral staircase or be taken on an elevator if needed to see another level of the mine.... More 

Thank Frighome
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This is a great tour! You actually get to go to the bottom of the mine! The elevator ride down was fun. The guides took us to job site where the miners were working. Guides also pointed out where iron ore, copper, Quartz and Jasper rock is. I would recommend this tour. This is not for you if you are... More 

1 Thank rockinroeller

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