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Wades Gold Mill

12401 Deerfield Rd, Hill City, SD 57745-6500
+1 605-574-2680
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DISAPPOINTED

I checked on things to do for my surprise birthday weekend for my husband and this was on the list... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Patty M
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Great for kids

We just did the gold-panning.This was a unique learning experience for our boys, 4 and 8 years... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
malhiermalda2015
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WE ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2017 SEASON. Open Memorial Day - Labor Day. An authentic experience - learn about the history of gold mining in the Black Hills, and try your hand at panning for gold. Guided tours, gold panning lessons.
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good15%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
12401 Deerfield Rd, Hill City, SD 57745-6500
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+1 605-574-2680
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I checked on things to do for my surprise birthday weekend for my husband and this was on the list, according to the information on the website they were still open until the 15th of October.....we stopped by on the 14th to be met by...More

Thank Patty M
Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I am so sorry that apparently there was a misunderstanding. Which website were you looking at? I manage the website for Wade's Gold Mill, and it always clearly says that our season is Memorial Day - Labor Day, and I try to make sure that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just did the gold-panning.This was a unique learning experience for our boys, 4 and 8 years old, even though our youngest doesn't speak English very well. Although they did not find gold on their own, our guide who was young and funny, kept them...More

1  Thank malhiermalda2015
Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting us! We are glad that your boys had a fun learning experience. We'll pass along your comments. Thanks for writing the review!

Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We did the tour and gold panning. I guess my expectations were different in my mind about the tour and thought it was a gold mine tour and not a gold mill tour. Seeing the equipment in working order was cool but not worth the...More

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

Thank you for stopping in to visit, and for the review. We're sorry you misunderstood that the tour was for the mining equipment, and not of a mine. We're so glad you enjoyed panning for gold! Take care!

Reviewed 29 August 2017

Wades Gold Mill is like taking a step back in time! It was fascinating to see the old gold mill equipment in working order! And then dipping your very own pan in the water to find your own gold and garnets. Sis helped us swirl...More

Thank Kelly P
Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2017

Thanks for visiting us, and for taking the time to write a review! So glad you enjoyed seeing the antique mining equipment, and also the panning!! We love "kids at heart" :) We will pass the comments along to Sis. Thanks so much!

Reviewed 24 August 2017

We stopped here after seeing reviews on Trip Advisor and were not disappointed. Gold panning was on my son's list of must dos and he had a great time. Although the creek was dry and we had to pan in troughs, the experience seemed authentic....More

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Thanks so much for stopping in, and thank you for taking the time to write a review! We're so glad that you enjoyed your gold panning experience :) I hope your son doesn't have too bad of a case of "gold fever" now! Thanks again,...More

Reviewed 21 August 2017

We took 2 children to Wade's as we were told it was the best one for the school age kids. We paid for the museum tour-it was not interesting for the kids and I found myself bored. I would just do the panning and not...More

Thank 072207
Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Thank you for coming to visit us, and for writing a review. I am sorry your experience did not match your expectations. Thank you for your feedback - we will share it with our staff.

Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We spent several hours at Wades Gold Mill and probably could have stayed for longer had we had the time! Our instructor Annette was excellent, incredibly patient and knowledgeable. The short film is fascinating and to sit panning for gold in the creek in the...More

Thank melissa_watts
Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2017

We're glad you stopped in to visit with us, and thank you for writing the review!! We will be sure to pass your comments on to Annette! :) We're glad you enjoyed the experience, and left with some special treasures! Thank you again, and take...More

Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for a great family experience, this is a must stop! They worked hands on with us, teaching us how to pan for gold. They pointed out other minerals as well. They were patient with us through the whole learning process! Very...More

Thank Traveler73_13
Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thanks so much for the review, and for stopping in to visit with us! We're glad that you had lots of fun and that it was educational for you :) :) We love to hear that! Take care, and thanks again!

Reviewed 27 July 2017

It looks like nothing, but don't be fooled by the looks. We (adults and kids) loved learning about panning for gold. Some of us actually found some gold flakes in our pans. We all found many garnets. The kids were having such a good time,...More

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Thank you for stopping in, and thank you for taking the time to write up a review. Glad you found gold, and that a good time was had! You can always bring your picnic lunch with you, so the kiddos can look for garnets to...More

Reviewed 24 July 2017

It was soo much fun and VERY educational. The kids spent most of the day mining for gold and had a GREAT time. This place is a MUST see!

Thank J S
Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thanks for stopping in!! So glad you enjoyed your visit :) :) It's always awesome to hear that people were able to relax and have fun!! Thanks!

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2much4us2see
26 April 2015|
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Response from Cari R | Property representative |
Thank you for your question! Our tour takes around 1 hr 15 minutes, and panning is around an hour and a half. You can certainly spend more time, but I would say a good 3 hours is reasonable. Hope we see you soon!
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