Using the Gold Fever Package with Your Family in Dahlonega, GA

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This post was created in partnership with Dahlonega, GA. Our family was provided tickets to the Gold Fever package in exchange for this post.

We’ve recently returned from our first trip to the mountains as a family.  I spent many nights researching the many activities available to keep the kids entertained, while still trying to provide activities my husband would enjoy.  At first, we’d considered vacationing in North Carolina.  We decided against it as a first mountain vacation, because the idea of traveling 8+ hours with two high needs kids was terrifying.

I settled on a small town in Georgia to eliminate about an hour in our drive, but still get us into the mountains.  We also invited my dad on our trip.  His knowledge of the mountain towns helped us to make our plans a little easier because my family went nearly every year while I was growing up.  I knew he’d be able to help us decide on activities or get us close to something if we got lost.

I plan to share about our trip in more detail in a later post, but right now, I want to share our experience with the Gold Fever Package we received while visiting Dahlonega, GA.

Taking kids on a gold tour with the Gold Fever Package in Dahlonega, GA. 3 stops include a gold museum and 2 gold mines, gold panning, and gem mining. Half a day family adventure in Dahlonega | www.sahmplus.com sponsored post

Plan a Summer Mountain Vacation with Young Children

The Gold Fever Package

In Dahlonega, three businesses came together to provide a “Gold Fever Package.”  You receive:

  • Entrance to the Gold Museum
  • Gold Panning and a mine tour at Consolidated Gold Mine
  • Gold panning and gem mining at Crisson Gold Mine

What we did on our gold tour

Know that the three stops in the gold tour Gold Fever Package took about half the day.  We estimated nearly 1 and a half hour for each stop.  I believe that we could have made it through a little quicker had we not had to spend extra time helping the almost 6-year-old with her gold panning.  Plus, we were doing an extra pan for the toddler, who, let’s face it, would have rather splashed in the water VS shake up a pan with dirt.

The start of our gold tour with the Gold Fever Package at the Gold Museum | www.sahmplus.com

Gold Museum

We started our tour at the Gold Museum because it was just across the street from the Visitors Center where we picked up our passes.  The Gold Museum was a rather small building with wonderful information about Georgia’s gold history.  Aside from the basic museum offerings, they provided a short 17-minute video to expand on the history.  On the first floor, there was a room with some small activities for kids, including a table with crayons and coloring sheets.  There was a little something for everyone in the family at the small museum, although the toddler really wanted to get his hands on the water cannon upstairs.

The kids coloring at the gold museum on our gold tour with the Gold Fever Package in Dahlonega, GA www.sahmplus.com

After having lunch, we moved on to the next stop in the tour.  We chose the Consolidated Gold Mine since it was on the way to the final stop.

Consolidated Gold Mine

Gold fever package panning for gold at Consolidated Gold Mine | www.sahmplus.com

Consolidated Gold Mine offered a welcomed reprieve from the summer heat.  We began with a video lesson on how to pan for gold, then we went on to get our pans of sand to start panning as they did in the 1800s.  This was quite a work out for us, as each pan takes approximately 15-20 minutes to sift through.  Our daughter needed a lot of help and our toddler son was strapped to my back the whole time.  There was no way to hold him up to the water comfortably, though I wouldn’t have trusted him with a pan of sand at the largest water table he’s ever seen.

About to start the underground mine tour at Consolidated Gold Mine with our family Gold Fever Package

After panning, we waited in the courtyard for the tour of the underground mine.

The start of the underground mine tour at Consolidated Gold Mine

View of outside from above us underground

This was a great experience for the whole family in the heat of the summer!  The underground mine tour goes about 200 feet deep.  If you’ve ever been in a cave, you know they get cold.  This was no different!  It was about 60 degrees and they say it stays that way year round.  I totally didn’t think about it, so I forgot to tell everyone to bring their sweaters.  Thankfully, because the tot was strapped to me in the Boba the whole time, I remained pretty comfortable.

A sampling of old mining tools at Consolidated Gold Mine underground mine tour | Gold Fever Package | Dahlonega, GA

Old mining tools underground

Crisson Mine

Gold panning at Crisson Mine | Gold Fever Package | Dahlonega, GA

More gold panning

From there, we moved on to the Crisson Mine.  Here, our passes covered gold panning and gem mining.  We were provided another vial to collect our gold and a plastic bag for our gems.  You walk outside through a self-guided tour of mining equipment, then head to a covered (but still blazing hot) panning and mining spot.

Gem mining at Crisson Mine

Gem Mining

Crisson Mine | Gold Fever Package | www.sahmplus.com

Additionally, we purchased a ride-through-tour of the property on a small trailer pulled behind a tractor at the reasonable price of $10 for our family of 5.  Though it was hot, we appreciated the ride as we were able to sit and rest after the extensive time on our feet.  The ride was quiet (aside from the tractor) as we read the signs, stared at equipment, and pointed at the various animals on the property.  My husband got the turkey gobbling up a storm for everyone, too.

Tractor tour at the Crisson Mine

 

Part of the family on the tractor tour at the Crisson Mine

What to pack for a mountain vacation with young children

How to prepare for the Gold Tour with the Gold Fever Package

  • Bring a sweater for the underground mine (if you get cold easily)

 

  • Bring water and snacks – the total tour will take over 4 hours

 

  • Take turns holding a toddler if you’re doing panning or gem mining

 

  • Wear closed-toe shoes; preferably comfortable sneakers for walking and standing

 

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