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Ruggles Mine

Dartmouth Lake Sunapee New Hampshire Attraction

Ruggles Mine Dartmouth Lake Sunapee New Hampshire attraction

Route 4 at Village Green
Grafton, NH • Ph: 603-523-4275

Located near Grafton, NH, Ruggles Mine is an open-pit mine that has been converted from a working mica mine to a tourist attraction. Explore undergroiund rooms and tunnels and treasure hunt for a variety of minerals within the mine. More than 150 differenty varieties of minerals have been discovered at Ruggles including; amethyst, beryl, garnet, rose quartz and smoky quartz. Ruggles is open to the public from May to October each year and admission is charged.

Category: Hiking, Museums
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Review“It was a little pricey, but we all had a good time and it was a different  experience.  Helps to have kids who are already interested in rocks.  Our kids really liked being able to break open rocks looking for interesting things.  It can be hard to find exciting “gems”, so if they’re expecting that be prepared to pick up a keepsake at the cute little store. I spent some time talking with one of the staff in the mine – I recommend finding them and asking questions.  He didn’t seek us out, but once engaged, he gave me a lot more interesting info on the rocks and the geological formation/history. Note that you can bring your own hammers and buckets to keep costs down a bit.  A flashlight could be helpful, too. Jeans/tough pants are probably a good idea since there are a lot of sharp rocks and cool places to kneel and crawl around. Be sure to learn about the back story of how the mine got started. We had a fine experience with the staff – I was especially appreciative of one of the young ladies who noted my young girls were having problems with the bathroom and went right in to help them out (since they were whining about not wanting to go with me into the men’s room). Due to the price, I wouldn’t plan on going again soon, but it was a fun activity for a half day on vacation.  The drive (from VT side) was pretty neat as well, winding through some small towns and then up the side of the mountain (had a strong “mine” vibe going)." – Yelp Review

Review"We had a great visit to NH for a wedding and had a few hours to spend. We had 5 children ages 3 to 17 to entertain, so off we went to Ruggles Mine. It’s not inexpensive (for 4 adults and the kids, admission was $176), but we all had fun. Bring your own flashlight, buckets (or sturdy bags) and hammers if you can. You can collect as many minerals and rocks and you can carry! There are caves to explore, dirt to play in and, of course, rocks to be mined. The boys (even the grown-up ones) all loved using the hammer to collect their treasures." – Trip Advisor Review

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