Experience the life of a miner as you take an exciting tour of a modern day mining company. Visitors will slip into steel toe boots and put on hard hats adding to the experience. This one (1) hour tour will walk you through the mining process of turning iron ore into taconite pellets.
Visitors have the opportunity to watch miners and their massive equipment at work up close. Watch 30-yard capacity shovels, so big that a 4X4 truck could fit inside their buckets, load overburden into 3-story 240-ton mining trucks. See 80-car trains pulled by three locomotives filled with taconite pellets cruise near 500-foot deep iron laden canyons. Discover 100-ton maintenance trucks, large drilling rigs and huge bulldozers. A knowledgeable guide will narrate your adventure. Children who love Tonka Toys will remember the experience all their lives. Group tours and school groups welcome. Tour guide recommended. Available by reservation.
Tours are available on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. from mid-June through mid-August. Tours depart from Minnesota Discovery Center and take appoximately 2 hours. Reservations are encouraged and can be made through Minnesota Discovery Center at 800-372-6437. Children must be 10 years of age or older and accompanied by an adult.