Use your hands to dig for crystals and minerals hidden in our one-of-a-kind replica silver mines!
- Dig in a candle-lit silver mine
- Find over 50 kinds of real crystals and minerals
- Keep everything you find in a souvenir bucket
- 30 minutes (10 minutes to dig & 20 minutes to identify)
- Recommend for ages 4 and up*
Enjoy indoor educational fun at Discovery Depot with unique science activities for children! Dig for gemstones in Southeastern Connecticut’s only replica silver mine, the Jackpot Mine in Discovery Depot. Ring the bell at the entrance to call for one of our miners and start your journey into a true replica of a candle-lit silver mine. Equipped with a souvenir bucket you will join a team of junior miners and use your hands to dig for crystals and minerals that are hidden among the mines. With over 50 different kinds of gemstones, minerals, and crystals, each visit will bring a unique experience filled with educational fun which you can take home. Yes, you get to keep everything you find! Once out of the mine, analyze your treasures at our mineral identifying tables before taking them home in your cool souvenir buckets!
Feeling extra adventurous? Choose the Jackpot Mine Deluxe package which includes a miner’s helmet with working LED light you can use to dig in our special dark mine like a real miner. The helmet is yours to keep and available in assorted colors! One of Mystic Country’s favorite children’s attractions – be sure to wear your Discovery Depot miner’s helmet with pride!
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Combine Discovery Depot attractions, like the Jackpot Mine, Thunder Creek & The Bone Zone, for special combination & upgrade packages. Rain or shine, Jackpot Mine is open every weekend and school vacation and most holidays (except Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Of course, Jackpot Mine and all of the Discovery Depot attractions in Southeastern Connecticut are open daily during the summer season when school is off!
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*Jackpot Mine is recommended for ages 4 & up. For your child’s safety, children must be out of diapers of any kind including pull-ups in order to participate in this educational fun adventure.