On the weekend of June 15th & 16th Dad rides free with a paid passenger on the Delaware River Railroad Excursions. Take your Dad for a ride on the historic train for a beautiful journey along the scenic Delaware River. The Scenic Train ride is free, and if you wish to visit the Ol’ Susquehanna mine, and pan for gemstones, it is only a $5.00 upgrade.
To buy tickets for Father’s Day, purchase yours online and simply bring dad along! Mine upgrades can be purchased in person when you arrive at the ticket booth!
The original mine shaft is back in production. Come tour the grounds, listen to an interactive history of the Ole’ Susquehanna Mine and pan for real gem stones you can take home. One person in each group can “blow the mine” and everyone can witness the mine shaft explosion.
Gemstone panning is a great activity for all ages. Participants may find up to 11 ounces of gemstones in a single bag which may include amethyst, rubies, rose quartz, emeralds, crystals, and an arrowhead. All gems are of high quality and may be suitable for cutting, polishing, and mounting. With every mine train ticket you will receive one bag of mining ore from the Ole’ Susquehanna Mine.
Upon arriving at the mine site your guide will tell you the story of Sylas Smith and how he found the mine and about his tragic death, which left the mind uncovered until this very year! Next you will walk over the Ole’ Susquehanna mines operating sluice and learn how to pan for gem stones. Once you understand how to pan give it a try to see if you can find some gems.
The ticket booth is located at 99 Elizabeth Street in Phillipsburg, N.J. 08865
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