Destinations, Kids

Hunt for Precious Stones at Crater of Diamonds State Park

October 15, 2013 by

Diamonds

The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas offers visitors the unique opportunity to search for diamonds and other semi-precious stones, and if guests happen to find them, they get to keep them. The Park made the news recently when a 12-year-old North Carolina found a 5.16 carat diamond while on vacation with his family.

Learning about diamonds

Exciting Learning Experience

While the hunt for diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park is exciting, it is also a learning experience. Kids will learn that diamonds come in a variety of colors. Three colors are located within the Park: white, brown, and yellow.

White is most commonly found along with over 40 kinds of rocks and minerals, too. These other finds include: lamproite, amethyst, banded agate, jasper, peridot, garnet, quartz, calcite, barite, and hematite. Diamond hunters who visit the Park can search for diamonds amid a 37 ½ acre plowed field, or look for them along the eroded surface of an ancient volcanic crater.

Camping

Park guests can camp at one of 47 class AAA campsites equipped with water, electric, and sewer hookups, or if you prefer to rough it, pitch a tent at one of five tent sites equipped with water only. Other amenities include two modern bathhouses complete with hot showers, a dump station, and a laundromat which makes it easy to clean up after a day of digging.

Looking for diamonds

Diamond Springs Water Park

Along with camping and hunting for diamonds and other stones, the Diamond Springs Water Park features a 14,700-square-foot aquatic playground. A deck with pool furniture surrounds a 4,166-square-foot wading pool equipped with refreshing fun with things like spray geysers, sprayers, water jets, animated waterspouts, cascades, water slides, and water falls.

More than 75,000 diamonds have been found in the area since the first discovery in 1906 by the farmer who owned the land at the time. While not everyone can expect to find a 5.16 carat diamond like the North Carolina boy, it is a thrilling prospect for the entire family.

The Park offers a unique family experience found nowhere else and family pets are allowed, too.

Photo credits: craterofdiamondstatepark, craterofdiamondstatepark, kthypryn



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