Are you looking for something exciting to do for your next vacation? Try to enjoy the delight, thrill, and fun of treasure hunting and of finding the most expensive treasure. Here in the United States, mining for diamonds is legal and open to public.
Diamond mining can also bring family vacation into a different level because of the new adventures and activities. If you are now getting interested to such idea, here are the instructions for this exciting bonding time!
1. Get information about diamond mine from the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, or the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Make sure to contact them before pursuing the activity.
2. Choose a travel date. The park is open and free every day for public mining all year, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Years Day. Summer operating hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The park closes at 5 p.m. during the rest of the year.
3. Accommodations and dates must be booked. The public diamond mine is situated less than 100 miles from Hot Springs, Arkansas, or Texarkana, Arkansas. Get the flight reservations to either city and consider a rental car to drive to the Crater of Diamonds Park.
4. Getting a driving directions from your place to the desired destination. Reserve a hotel or rent a public campsite where you could stay.
5. Admission fees for adults and children whose ages are from 6 to 12 are required; pay a small admission for both. Kids under 6 may also go diamond mining for free. It is also possible to get group discounts.
6. Having handy digging tools and non-motorized ones is advisable. You may rent or buy these tools at the park.
7. Collecting diamonds are allowed only when the park is still open. There is a park staff that could assist you in identifying the diamonds and the other gems you might find.
Moreover, they offer free qualifications or certifications and recommendations to diamond cutters. Also, you may seek help from gemologist to identify the value of what you get.