You’ll Love Searching For Gemstones At This Unique Attraction In Minnesota

Did you know that Minnesota has an official state gemstone? It’s not a sparkling diamond, sapphire, or emerald, but it has a beauty all its own. Not only that, but it’s abundant throughout the Land of 10,000 Lakes — especially in areas near the North Shore. Have you guessed what it is yet?

If you’ve lived in Minnesota for a while, you probably knew right away that we’re talking about Lake Superior agates. These beautiful, banded rocks formed from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. They get their distinct reddish-orange color from the iron deposits prevalent throughout northern Minnesota. When polished, they are absolutely beautiful as jewelry, artwork, or simply decorations.

Precious though they are, you do not have to look hard to find an agate. Instead of hunting along riverbeds and railroad tracks for these gemstones, there is a much easier way. Head up to Cloquet, Minnesota, to search the rock piles at Get Pickin. There, you’re likely to find plenty of agates — and a whole lot more. Take a look:

Ever been to Get Pickin? For more information about this awesome attraction, check out their website and Facebook page. And if you want to make a day in Cloquet, plan on having lunch at the town’s old-fashioned drive-in.