Dells Mining Co. is a hands-on adventure activity involving panning for precious and semi-precious gems from all over the world. Visitors buy a bucket of sand originating from Franklin, North Carolina, gem capital of the U.S., and sift through it to find stones such as emeralds, sapphires, amethysts, blue topaz, garnets, tourmaline, agate, rubies, and many more.
The friendly assistants will aid in the search, so that nothing gets missed, and will knowledgeably explain what treasures you've unearthed. It is a great outing for all ages. Visitors have the option of having their freshly mined gems set in either 14 karat gold or sterling silver jewelry and can shop for souvenirs in the gift shop. There are two locations for Dells Mining Co. and the Broadway store is open all year round, while the Wisconsin Dells Parkway location is open from mid-May until mid-September.
1480 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, website, Phone: 608-253-7002
427 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965, website, Phone: 608-253-7002 Photo: Dells Mining Co.
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