Gem Mining Near Durham

A fun activity on your family vacation!
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Hours of operation

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For group events and special occasions, we can provide off-hours play - just call us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Gem Mining

It is said that at one time or another, every kid in America will have a rock collection of some sort. Now gem mining can be a fun activity on your next family vacation to Durham near Raleigh NC.

How Gem Mining Works?

A gem mining sluice is a trough where water circulates over and over again by means of a pump. The kids purchase a bag of mining rough enriched with gems and fossils. They take their bag to the sluice and sift through it. The water washes the sand away and what is left is all the pretty gems and fossils that they get to keep. Each “panner” also receives an identification brochure and a baggie to put their new found collection so they can take it home and identify their new gems.

This activity combines young people’s sense of adventure and discovery with their continuing thirst for knowledge. Kids love identifying what they find. The best part is they keep everything they reveal. Every bag is different so it will be an activity they’ll want to repeat.

Durham Gem Mining Pricing

Our prices are competitive with other gem mining fields. But we are also reasonable and the larger your group is the better deal you will get! CALL US for our SPECIAL PROMOS! – we run new ones every month!

Season Special Prices

3 lbs bag of Gemstones: $13
3 lbs bag of Fossils: $13
10 lbs bag of Gemstones: $27



For group discounts please call 919 596 6100


At Xtreme Park Adventures we require everyone to have a signed waiver for all our activities.

Questions About Gem Mining?

Xtreme Park Adventures is the ultimate destination near Durham for gem mining.

For any doubts, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions. do not hesitate to contact us or call us at 919 596 6100