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Lackawanna County Coal Mine

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Address: McDade Park, Scranton, PA 18503
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The tour will take you 300 feet below the earth into the pitch blackness...

The tour will take you 300 feet below the earth into the pitch blackness old-time miners, some as young as seven or eight, had to face. While you won’t have to deal with poisonous gases, you will feel the chill. The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour is open from April 1st through November 30th and is closed only on Thanksgiving Day.

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I was a bit skeptical taking this tour but allowed someone to convince me to go. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It's very informative for those who live in the area... read more

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was a bit skeptical taking this tour but allowed someone to convince me to go. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It's very informative for those who live in the area and have actually had family members who were miners and also to visitors who from what I could see were very impressed. The tour is about... More 

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Hawley, Pennsylvania
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been on this tour more than once but it is so neat to go underground and see what mining was like. The trip down into the mine is fun...a bit jerky and bumpy and you need to hold on, but the kids love it. There is just something historical and interesting to learn about the mining days. There... More 

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Amherst, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

On the way into the mine you take a very short rail car. If someone in the car has a panic attack, it will easily make everyone else feel not good. But it is a great experience for understanding what many workers went through.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

very intereresting and informative trip. took 2 grandchildren, one gir, one boy, both . wasn't sure if it would hold their interest? too my surprise it was great! both couldn't believe how far down we went into the mine. how cold it was, and the stories that were told. they found it hard to believe that men actcually worked 10-12... More 

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Fun, informative local experience. Go deep into the earth and see what the minors did. Good family activity. They offer a small military discount with is.

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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Very interesting and neat attraction. Being from the south, I knew nothing about coal mines. My husband and I highly recommend this trip for older kids and adults. Our guide was Bob. He was funny and very knowledgeable.

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Trevose, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Decided to do a small getaway up in the Poconos in November, not realizing many trails and whatnot are closed up for the season. Googling tours, we came across the Lackawanna Coal Mine tour. We googled other coal mine tours and many seemed to close in October for the season, this one in-particular was open until the end of November.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Was planning a day trip to Scranton, decided to do the Lackawanna Co Coal Mine (1st) & Steam Town...glad we did since not only was this more informative than I thought, but tied it into the coal into steam train industry. Spent a little over an hour there.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Years ago I went to a coal mine replica in a museum in Chicago -- at the Museum of Science and Industry it must have been -- and really enjoyed it. I still have fond memories of the experience, but seeing the real thing was much better. Coal has been so important for so long, and may be in the... More 

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Lehman, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Not entertainment, you actually are going into what was a working coal mine that helped fuel the industrial revolution in America, generate the child labor laws, and fuel the greatest country in the world.

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