Digging for Diamonds

We visited the Herkimer Diamond Mines in Herkimer, New York last summer. Herkimer Diamonds are quartz crystals.  For $26 ($10 for adults & $8 for kids) we spent hours with our hammers cracking rocks, and we found many “diamonds.”  My dusty boys had a lot of fun looking for hidden treasures.  There is also a campground, museum, and a restaurant adjacent to the mines.  Visiting the mines can be a fun day trip or an add-on to a weekend visit to Cooperstown National Baseball Hall of Fame.  If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend making the visit.  Don’t be surprised if your kids leave saying they want to be a geologist when they grow up!

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