The beautiful Sunshine State is known for its expanse of beaches, but who'd have thought that you could mine for your own gemstones here too? Those looking for some unique things to do in Florida may want to give this a try and unlock your inner gemologist!\nLocated in Okeechobee, Ruck's Pit at the Fort Drum Crystal Mine sits tucked away among the landscape just southeast of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve, where the stargazing is unreal.\nIt's here that you can unlock your inner miner and dig for crystals and fossils, taking home everything you find and can carry in your bucket for a mere $60 — and they give you all the supplies you'll need to dig into the ground and unearth these shimmering treasures.\nGoogle reviews have said that they found more than they could manage to fit in their car and that the owner, Eddie, was a super knowledgable "true rock dude", friendly, and even offered to clean up their stunning specimens for them!\nWhat you can find buried in the dirt and limestone will vary from day to day, from fossilized sea life to rare gemstones and even calcite crystalized clamshells.\nBe prepared for a full-body workout and dress comfortably, you will be digging through the earth after all!\nView this post on Instagram Mining Rick👷🏿♂️⚒⛏! We got some really beautiful #crystals 😍🤗.. The #florida #calcite #glows 🤯.. Thats hometown stuff so its always gonna be my favorite. But how can I not love the #georgia #iridescent #hematite 😍.. You see them colors🤯? Snuck a crystal from #pikespeak in #coloradosprings in there. Idk what it is🤷🏾♂️.#ruckspit #gravesmountain #digsquadtreasures #yadig #healingcrystals #honeycalcite #gems A post shared by Ricky Robinson (@ricktikal) on May 22, 2019 at 3:40pm PDT\nPrevious visitors recommend packing a lunch, water, and coming prepared to get dirty. If you don't want to messy up your car on the drive home, pack a change of clothes for when you finish.\nView this post on Instagram Another Beauty from the USA! These fossilized clam shells encrusted with honey calcite are from Rucks Pit in Okeechobere, Florida! • • These clams are approximately 2 million years old! The honey calcilte has druze-like terminations which causes it to shimmer in the light and have some pretty epic rainbows 🌈! • I have five large specimens that I will be letting go of each has their own video. To claim one of these golden beauties comment “sold + the price of your piece! “ • Video 1 - $12 (has calcite flower on top with rainbows 🌈) • Video 2 - $14 (top layer of shell is gone to expose the calcite) • Video 3 - $20 (larger clam with exposed calcite, pretty terminations with rainbows 🌈) • Video 4 - $25 (double clam with exposed calcite and did you see that rainbow 🌈 😮) • Video 5 - $28 (largest pierce with a calcite rosette on the matrix and gorgeous rainbow filled honey calcite) • • #calcite #honeycalcite #fossils #crystals #minerals #crystalsofig #crystalsofinstagram #crystalhealing #crystalcommunity #crystalporn #mineralogy #geology #ruckspit #fossilized A post shared by Crystals In The Raw (@_crystalsintheraw_) on Apr 15, 2019 at 7:43pm PDT\nAnimal lovers will feel right at home here too. After working hard to fill your buckets, visitors can spend some time with the owner's farm animals that roam about the property.\nWhether you're a first-time gem hunter or a seasoned pro, you'll find some exquisite crystals to add to your collection and head home with a one of a kind experience you're likely not soon to forget.\nView this post on Instagram Sold $40 - Massive fossilized whelk shell with calcite from Rucks Pitts Florida, USA #minerals #mineralcollecting #mineral #fineminerals #chatoyant #crystals #crystalsforsale #calcite #ruckspit #collectibles #nature #earth #mineralcollector #mineralcollection #mineralspecimen #mineraldealer #fossilized #fossilizedshells #rocksandminerals #mineralogy #fossil #gemology #gemmology #fluorite #iloverocks #iloveminerals #rockhound #mining A post shared by @ cheap_rocks_and_minerals on Aug 29, 2019 at 12:26pm PDT\nFort Drum Crystal Mine\nPrice: $60 to take home all you can carry.\nAddress: 28320 NE 55th Ave, Okeechobee, FL\nWhy You Need To Go: Mine for your own fossils and crystals on a beautiful secluded property near Orlando. You can even hang out with the horses and other farm animals afterward if you're a true animal lover.\nWebsite\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.