Originally opened in 1860, the Lackawanna Coal Mine is set in the Northern Anthracite Coal Field, the largest of four coal fields in Pennsylvania. The mine operated for over a century before finally closing in 1966. Today, guests can visit the coal mine and enjoy guided tours, museum exhibits, a gift shop, and more. It’s the perfect place to go for a fun day out with the family.
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Explore the Lackawanna Coal Mine
Take a Tour
On a Lackawanna Coal Mine tour, visitors watch the sky disappear as they descend into the ground in a mine car. The old Slope #190 takes you 300 feet beneath the Earth’s surface, and a miner leads you on foot through the winding underground gangways. Be sure to listen closely as he explains the fascinating methods and heroic efforts involved in deep mining. The walking portion of the tour is approximately a half mile and lasts for one hour.
Local Tip: The temperature in the mine is 53 degrees year-round. We recommend wearing a light jacket and comfortable shoes to ensure your tour is as enjoyable as possible!
Tour Prices & Rates
Tours are available from April 1st through November 30th (except Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving Day), and the box office opens at 10 a.m. Before the tour, guests can visit the theater to watch an introductory video about mining. The theater is located in the interpretive center where tour tickets are sold. Current ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7.50 for children, and free for children age 3 and under.
Visit the Gift Shop
While you’re waiting for your tour to begin, check out the Lackawanna Coal Mine gift shop where you can browse a variety of unique souvenirs and gifts. You’ll find rare coal artifacts, jewelry made of coal, and a wide range of books, pamphlets, and videotapes about the history of mining. The gift shop also carries children’s miner helmets and railroad lanterns. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir T-shirt or sweatshirt to commemorate your trip!
Check Out the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
Adjacent to the mine tour is the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, a unique facility that has exhibits on the mining and industrial history of northeastern PA. Visitors may tour the museum to experience the lives of people who worked in the area’s mines, mills, and factories.
Book Your Stay at the French Manor Inn & Spa!
When planning your trip to the Lackawanna Coal Mine, be sure to book your stay at our Poconos bed and breakfast. Our comfortable guest rooms and suites have everything you need to unwind after a fun day. You can even have dinner in our award-winning restaurant or enjoy for a massage at our on-site spa. We can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!
For more fun things to do in the Poconos, check out our blog about the No. 9 Coal Mine.
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