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A must do!

We took our family of five! It was great and we would do it again! Very educational and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
msum_rose
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Fargo, North Dakota
Excellent Fascinating and Very Informative

The five stars for this attraction is the most deserving. Our family of seven (with five children... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
michaelparkguy
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Elk River, Minnesota
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Minnesota's first iron ore mine-the Soudan Mine-opened in 1882. Operations went underground by 1892 since the ore body continued deep into the ground. The mine's value was in the special kind of ore it produced. The ore's high oxygen content was...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1379 Stuntz Bay Rd., Soudan, MN 55782
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+1 218-300-7000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our family of five! It was great and we would do it again! Very educational and interesting! I was extremely nervous going underground, but it all worked out! This is a must do if in the area!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The five stars for this attraction is the most deserving. Our family of seven (with five children ages 14 to 25) loved the Soudan Underground Mine. We found it fascinating, exciting and very informative at the same time. Reed, our enthusiastic tour guide, explained about...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hubby and I did the mine tour mid-October on a very cold day in northern MN! This time of year it is very safe to buy tickets at the mine vs. online. Short video at the beginning, must wear their helmets, you are put into...More

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Reviewed 11 October 2018

I had no idea what to expect and found myself impressed. Traveling down 2,400 feet in two minutes! In the same cramped elevator that the miners used? Riding the same train that the miners rode back in the day? And to experience what a real...More

Thank kenmac1
Soudan_Mine, Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Hello Kenmac1, We are glad to hear that you had a good time on your tour. The cage (elevator) ride is definitely a memorable experience. Visitors also like the train ride that follows the same path that miners would have used to walk to their...More

Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

I was most excited to be on this tour. You start with a 10 minute video of condensed history of the mine before being outfitted with your hard hat. Pete was particularly fantastic due to his conversational style of leading our group. He was engaging,...More

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Soudan_Mine, Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Hello Icdemar, We are glad that you had an enjoyable tour. You summed up some of the favorite aspects to the tour for many of our visitors. It is amazing to think about the cavity (the stope) where you stand and that all that material...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

I have visited this park for years with my family and with school trips. The mine tours have a long track record of being excellent, even with different tour guides. Each guide gives their own personality to the tour, but the information at the core...More

Thank Andrea S
Soudan_Mine, Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Hello Andrea S, Thank you for the continued support of the park by visiting us and going on so many tours with your family and school. We agree that each tour is different and you can learn something new each time. The walking tour has...More

Reviewed 30 September 2018

I have been down in the mine at least a dozen times. Always a great experience and learn something new every time. Reed, our guide, this time was fantastic! He was truly enthused about the history of the mine and the Iron Range in general.More

Thank Tom D
Soudan_Mine, Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Hello Tom D, Glad to hear that you always have a great time on the tours. You are correct about learning something new each time, especially if you have different guides. While each of the guides touch on the same topics, they each go more...More

Reviewed 25 September 2018

I saw this as part of a tour group and it was a highlight of the trip. It was a real working mine, then it was dormant for many years, now brought back to life as a tour. You will learn all about the history...More

Thank peterglassman
Soudan_Mine, Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Hello Peterglassman, We are glad that you had such an enjoyable experience. You did a good job capturing the essence of the tour, including the ADA aspect and the claustrophobic issues. If we know someone has claustrophobic issues, we try to lesson the number of...More

Reviewed 25 September 2018

I your looking for an adventure this may what your looking for. This mine is safe dry and exciting. From the first moment you step into the work elevator and plunge at about 12 MPH down the mine shaft on a cable 1.5" in in...More

Thank gas1940
Soudan_Mine, Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Hello gas1940, We are glad that you had a great adventure on your visit to the mine. You did a good job summing up the great experience of the cage (elevator) ride and the ride through the drift (tunnel). These are two very memorable experiences....More

Reviewed 24 September 2018

Besides the thrill of going down the shaft and into the deep dark mine, learning about the workers was just fascinating. It brings it all to life. The guides were very great. So glad we took the time to go there.More

Thank Doreen C
Soudan_Mine, Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Hello Doreen, We are glad that you had an enjoyable experience. When people visit the mine they definitely remember the cage and train rides, as they are as you say "thrilling". We are glad that you were able to gleam a little of what it...More

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erwiljan
10 July 2017|
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Response from Soudan_Mine | Property representative |
Hello Erin, it really depends on your level of discomfort. Are you okay with going in a full elevator? If you are, then this tour should be fine. When people have issues on the tour it is the cage ride that causes them... More
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Laura A
19 December 2015|
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Response from PoliticalTraveler | Reviewed this property |
It was a special high oxygen content iron ore that was mined here. Once furnace technology changed in the 1950's this eventually made the mine obsolete. You could then do open pit mining for cheaper lower oxygen content... More
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