Entry is currently timed to maintain social distancing, and tickets are $21.95 for adults and $12.95 for ages 3-12. Rock City is close enough that you might want to consider a season pass, which is $45 for adults and $27 for children; or an Ultimate VIP season pass, which is $58 for adults and $35 for children. Don’t forget to bring your four-legged family members, who are welcome.
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Diamond Hill Mine
There is a real hidden gem in Abbeville, South Carolina. Actually, there are many — and you can dig them up.
Erosion has exposed a 3 acre spot full of a wide variety of quartz crystals. Diamond Hill says diggers have found amethyst, aura, beryl, garnet and epidote, among other gemstones minerals.
For just $20 for adults ($15 for veterans; $10 for teens 13-17 and for seniors over 65; $5 for children 7-12; free for children 6 and younger), you can dig for hours and take home all your treasures. You will have to bring your own tools, however.
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Stephens Gap Callahan Cave Preserve
This day trip is for the more adventurous and experienced among us, considering you’ll need to descend and ascend using rappelling rope if you want to truly experience the cave.
Don’t fret if you don’t know how to rappel, there is a walk-in entrance that intersects the pit about 50 feet above the cave floor. You will be required to bring your own helmet, headlamps and sturdy shoes or boots.
There is no charge for exploring, but social distancing will need to be observed. Learn more here.
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