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Address: 4601 Route 28N, Herkimer, NY 13350
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Lots of work but worth the trip.

For some reason, our family all thought the rocks would be a bit easier to break through. They were very difficult to hammer apart. That being said, we had a lot of fun... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 September 2016
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Rahway, New Jersey
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Very very disappointed!!! $12 admission x 2. Did not find anything. We searched for hours looking for porous rock that you have to break open. We looked through ground too. Some prospectors were using sledge hammers to break apart rocks. They were bleeding from legs and face . Very hard work for no reward. Cannot recommend. Clerk said they will... More 

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Thank tkuba
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, and for coming out to try your hand at our Herkimer Diamond Mines. While we definitely wish every single guest could come away with a big find, even we do not know where most of the diamonds are located as it is a natural mine. We do our best... More 

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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

We had a great time breaking rocks and searching for crystals. You can rent equipment and bring your own lunch and drinks. Proper shoes should be worn, first aid kit can be handy.

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Thank Susan9754
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting our mines, Susan! We hope that you had a great time and were able to find a few treasures to take home with you. Take care! More 

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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

I had no idea that there was a such thing as a Herkimer Diamond (pure quartz already faceted right out of the rock it grows in).

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Thank Priscilla R
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this review

We are glad that you were able to learn quite a bit about Herkimer Diamonds during your visit to the mines. Thank you for stopping by, Priscilla! More 

Rahway, New Jersey
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56 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

For some reason, our family all thought the rocks would be a bit easier to break through. They were very difficult to hammer apart. That being said, we had a lot of fun searching for the Herkimer Diamonds and hammering away and the rocks. Every little find and discovery was exciting for the adults and the kids.

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Thank Erika M
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this review

Thank you for you great feedback, Erika! We're thrilled to hear that your family had a wonderful trip to our mines. May we suggest watching our instructional overview video during your next visit or asking one of our friendly staff in yellow shirts for any tips on the most efficient way to mine. We hope that you will visit us... More 

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16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I are seniors. This is rugged terrain. But we did it.....not as well as some, but better than others. It was HOT. We did find some small gems. Things you will need: Gloves Glasses (sold there) Pick Tweezers Claw hammer A pad to kneel or sit on Water Look for light weight rocks with pea size holes.... More 

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2 Thank Dopey1947
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this review

Thank you for your warm recommendation! We're glad to hear that you both had a wonderful experience at our diamond mines. We hope that you will visit us again sometime. Take care! More 

Constableville, New York
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Pretty much sat on the ground bang rocks with a hammer, not all that much fun. Only seen a few small crystals

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1 Thank kalia005721
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review of your recent trip to the mines. The diamond mines are a natural and not man-made, so we are not able to guarantee what our visitors can typically find on a trip into the mines. We hope that you will give our mines a second chance the next time you... More 

Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We did not want to dig so we bought two bags to sift and we didn't think we would find any diamonds but ,we did.

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1 Thank Jolene B
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, Jolene! We are very glad that you were able to find some Herkimer diamonds while sifting through your bags. We appreciate you stopping by and we hope to see you again sometime! More 

Wurtsboro, New York
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

All I can say is excellent, wonderful staff, great time.We went with the Mamakating Senior Group.. Many of the seniors went out to the mines.They found some great treasures.

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Thank tweetygram
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words about our staff and your visit to the diamond mines! We are glad to hear that your group had a wonderful time and that they found some great keepsakes during your visit. We hope to see you again sometime! More 

Albany, New York
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46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

On a hot day it was a fun thing to do, and you definitely got out your aggressions by hitting those rocks. Fun to find the diamonds, no matter how small.

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Thank TravelTheWorld12203
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this review

We are so glad to hear that you had a wonderful time mining for some beautiful keepsake pieces. Thank you for visiting our mines! More 

Near Seattle
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43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Didn't find any big crystals, even though there were tons of rocks with veins of quartz. If I go back I'll take 1. an umbrella 2. a chisel type tool for breaking open the sides of the pit with the provided mini-mallet. It was fun breaking rocks, but I really have to wonder about ever finding anything worthwhile. No one... More 

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1 Thank Cascadespearl P
Kandi S, Guest Relations Manager at Herkimer Diamond Mines, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving us a review of your recent visit to the mines! We are sorry that you weren't able to find the size of Herkimer Diamonds that you were looking for during your visit. We do have chisels available for purchase, which our located right by the register counter in our museum & gift store. We hope that... More 

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