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Historic Gold Mining and Panning Adventure

Price: $73.00
This tour operates from May to September.
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Historic Juneau Gold Panning & Mining Adventure

Relive Juneau's gold rush mining history and pan for gold in the authentic setting of Gold Creek on this Juneau cruise port trip.

Throughout this Juneau gold mine tour, a costumed prospector will guide you through a historic residential area en route to Last Chance Basin. You will trace the route taken by Joe Juneau and Richard Harris in their search for gold over 100 years ago. Near the famous Alaska-Juneau gold mine, one of the world's largest hard rock mining operations at its peak, you will get hands-on experience panning for gold in Gold Creek.

On this Juneau gold panning tour, you can choose to pan in the creek, or in the waist-high demonstration trough. Everyone of all ages, and those with limited mobility, can learn how to pan and capture the full gold-rush experience. You're guaranteed to find gold! And, all that glitters is yours to keep.

Around you are remnants of the original buildings of the Alaska-Juneau Mining Company, which at the height of production was the largest operation of its type in the world. You'll learn about the mining techniques that were used, and more about the quest for gold that is so much a part of Alaska's history. Take home a souvenir Orelove Brothers Gold Claim Certificate, all the gold you find, and an appreciation of what is was like to seek your fortune in the wilds of Alaska more than a century ago.

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1 Hour 30 Minutes
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An approximately 5 to 10 minute walk or a shuttle (not included, approximately $3 US round trip) is required to reach your departure location. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
For all Alaska tours, we recommend layers of clothing, with the top layer being water-proof. We also suggest comfortable walking shoes that may get wet.
This tour is suitable for all ages. All children under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Children aged 13 to 17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian. This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs due to the uneven terrain at Last Chance Basin.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 26 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsGold mining on the creekJuly 30, 2019

Reviewer: Anne Parker
Grandchildren loved this tour!!! Panning for gold was very exciting for them to do and they are all between the ages 12-16. They came home with their treasures, smiles on their faces!! I did not go on this tour myself but the parents did and they enjoyed it too. I paid.

4 Stars Historic Gold Mining and Panning AdventureJune 24, 2019

Reviewer: rw williams
As expected

5 StarsGold in the pan!June 20, 2019

Reviewer: Marcia Ardlen
This is a fun tour. The guide comes dressed as a prospector, is very funny and knowledgeable of the area. Made several interesting stops along the way before coming to the panning area. We were taught how to pan and all found gold. I now have gold from Alaska in my vial at home. Great time!

4 StarsGOLD MININGNovember 01, 2018

Reviewer: janice summers
Was a very good excursion. Scenery was wonderful plus driver friendly and informative. A little crowded, however.

5 StarsFun Activity September 19, 2018

This was a short and fun opportunity to do some real gold panning. They take the actual dirt from the actual river you are visiting. Because it is a quick excursion, it gives you time to enjoy the rest of Juneau. We all found gold and the views from the river were beautiful.

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