Playing in the dirt has been something we’ve enjoyed since childhood. From building sandcastles to pretending to dig up dinosaur bones, the potential treasures that lied beneath the earth’s surface have always intrigued us. If you're in search of unique fun things to do in Florida, hunting for lost treasures is a must.
Take a trip to Fort Drum’s Crystal Mine and dig until your heart's content.
About an hour from Orlando, you can make a day out of it and bring your swimsuit and food to cook at the full-service campsite.
Believe us, after a day of digging in the dirt and bathing in that Florida sun, you’ll definitely want to take a dip in the lake.
The owner, Eddie, has been written about in geological journals, traveled the world, and donated his finds to the Smithsonian. He knows his stuff. You’ll get a brief introductory lesson from Eddie about how to mine and what to look for, and the rest is up to you!
Although it’s almost guaranteed you’ll come home with something worthwhile.
Reviews by delighted miners claim it’s completely worth the digging and effort for the amazing finds they discover. Most common are coral, clam, and tooth fossils, and many different kinds of crystals including calcite and quartz.
While you can rent buckets, it’s highly recommended that you bring your own, and more than one! You will need it. The best part is you can take home anything and everything you find!
So, forgo the pricey crystal and gem shops and put in a little elbow grease to find your own treasures! At least to you, they’ll priceless after that!
Fort Drum Crystal Mine
When: Open daily
Address: 28320 NE 55th Ave Okeechobee, Florida
Why You Need To Go: Dig up your very own crystals and keep everything you find!
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