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May 15—October 31
Monday—Saturday, 10:00 - 4:00
Closed July 4th
Guided Quarry Tour
May 26—October 14
Monday—Saturday, 10:30 - 2:50
Self-Guided Factory Tour
Closed week of July 4th
We are no longer offering our sandblast activity
Outdoor Granite Bowling Alley
TOURS AND FUN ACTIVITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES
Guided Tours of our Rock of Ages Barre Granite Quarry
Please see the chart above for this year’s dates and hours of operation.
The guided quarry tour takes you to an overlook of Smith Granite Quarry, at nearly 600 feet deep, we believe it to be the largest operating deep-hole, dimension granite quarry in the world.
The tour is approximately 40 minutes in length and typically runs rain or shine. However, tours may be delayed or cancelled during lightning storms and periods of torrential rain. Typically our tours depart at 10:30, 11:30, 12:40, 1:20, 2:05 and 2:50. Please see the table above for current dates of operation. Please note quarriers work, except for holidays and associated days, Monday-Friday, 7-3:30. Therefore, there are no workers in the quarry for the tours on Saturdays.
Guided quarry tour tickets are priced as follows: $5.00 per adult, $4.50 per senior (62+), $2.50 per child (6-13); children under 6 are admitted for free.
Self-guided Tours of our Rock of Ages Vermont Factory
A tour of our 160,000 square-foot factory is not to be missed. The factory is an exercise in contrasts, with artisans using hand tools in much the same way as Michelangelo did centuries ago. These little-changed, artistic endeavors are mingled among computer-guided, diamond-tipped saws, precision grinders and laser-etching equipment. We invite you to come see products proudly made in the USA.
The self-guided tour of our factory is free to all and is available Monday—Friday, 8:30-3:30 from February to mid-December. Please note the factory is closed all holidays and associated days (Friday after Thanksgiving, for example) and is closed the week of July 4th.
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR SANDBLAST ACTIVITY IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Our Rock of Ages Vermont Visitors Center
Please see the chart above for our Visitors Center dates and hours of operation.
Your Rock of Ages tour experience typically begins at our modern Visitors Center. Here you may watch a video about the quarrying and manufacturing processes, browse the historic photos and exhibits and shop for granite gifts, granite jewelry, gemstone jewelry, rocks and minerals from around the world and other Vermont specialty products. To purchase online, please visit our store (link to store)
Admission to the Visitors Center video and exhibits is free.
Rock of Ages Outdoor Granite Bowling Lane
Free Family Fun on the world’s only outdoor granite bowling lane
Developed as a prototype for use in commercial lanes, our granite bowling lane has delighted millions of visitors since 1958. Because a traditional bowling ball will eventually break when striking the hard granite lane, the concept never took off. That is why you will not see granite on the lanes of your hometown bowling alley. But the rubber balls we provide will offer you and your family a free, fun-filled experience during your Rock of Ages visit.
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