My husband and I visited the No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum to tour a shut-down coal mine. (The coal mine operated from 1855 to 1972.) We rode a train into the coal mine and then a guide took us on a walking tour of part of the mine.
My great grandfather was a coal miner and it was very interesting to see what this job involved, etc. Parts of the mine were a little creepy and we actually saw the site of several accidents. (Note: Haunted mine tours are offered in October.) The mine was dark, damp and cold. I would recommend wearing sturdy shoes and a jacket. We didn’t get dirty, but wear older clothes if you may worry about this?
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and made jokes throughout the tour. (We tipped our guide at the end, but he told us it wasn’t necessary.)
Overall, this was a very unique tour; I would recommend taking this tour if visiting the Jim Thorpe area.