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A must for both history buffs and children

A visit to this place is a must for the history buffs to appreciate the era and the people in the... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
TorchofLove
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New York City, New York
Darker than a coal mine at midnight

Interesting look at a job I would not want to have to do. Down into the mine, it's dark, damp... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2018
usrockisland1903
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Brewster, New York
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Reviewed 26 August 2017

Having read some other review We took the advice that I am giving you if you are interested in doing this popular site arrive early as they sell out quickly. We arrived at 1030am and bought tickets for the NOON trip !! We were called early so off we went at 1145am You board a cart wearing a helmit and go down 300 ft under the mountain A little tight but not really a claustrophobic problem Most kids over 8 were fine the younger ones well this is not a place to run around or can be scared . You proceed on a walk through the mining tunnels with a guide giving you a real look at life for the miners Tour takes a good half hour You then reboard the cart and proceed back up the mountain By the time we finished our tour The tours for the afternoon were sold out!! There is a snack bar clean restrooms and nice little gift shop. Worth getting up early to go But not for those who can not walk on their own young and old

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

There were 4 in our party, 2 adults and 2 teens aged 17 and 14. This was an interesting look into our history. Don't miss the video before the tour.

The only NEGATIVE. The website states it opens at 10, so i planned our day with the expectation tours begin at 10, we were there at 9:30. When the lady sold the tickets she said the first tour should leave around 11. It depends on when they have enough to send the car down.

You should have set scheduled tours. 26 adults in the cart is crowed, so if there aren't small children to squish into the half seats it would be really uncomfortable.

Overall a great historical insight. I do recommend the tour, just try not to plan anything after.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank 339link
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

This was one of the most educational tours that I have ever taken. I learned a great deal about the history of coal mining in this country and how it helped shape the country.
I also learned about some of the excesses of the industry, lack of regulatory enforcement and the roles of those who worked in the mines.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Laurentcroissant
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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

A warning to anyone traveling any distance to try to tour the mine. My kids were very disappointed that the tours were sold out for the day by mid morning. Could we buy tickets for the next day? No, they "don't do it that way." Can we buy tickets online or call ahead? No, you have to show up and take your chances. Not advisable with kids unless you can invest the whole day, show up early, and get lucky. I bet it's good, for locals, but people who have to travel any distance need to rely on luck. Don't waste your time. You are likely to be disappointed, and that's particularly no fun with kids.
If you're in the area and want to learn some history, Steam town was excellent and doesn't "sell out" with a hand written sign on the door.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank MTS6pack
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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We love tours like this that take you back in time! Spent a couple of hours learning about coal mining in the area. What an eye opener.

Excited to go down the mine shaft and be able to experience this. Worth the time. Very reasonable admission fee.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank dayinthesun28
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