Fodor's Expert Review Ace of Diamonds Mine

Herkimer Mine

Bring your own sledgehammers and pry bars or rent them from the gift shop, stake a "claim," and begin your search for quarry. No matter where you prospect, you're not likely to be disappointed. Many open pits are an easy walk to the right or left of the visitor center, where you can see beads, stones, an extensive book section, and other rock-related items. You might venture up the steep hillside in hope of finding a pocket containing hundreds of "diamonds"—really quartz crystals with diamondlike facets. The views of the wooded valley and the Mohawk River are a find in themselves.

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84 Herkimer St.
Middleville, New York  13406, USA

315-891–3855

www.herkimerdiamonds.com

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Rate Includes: $10, Closed Nov.–March.

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