Gem mining sifters and buckets at Treasure Quest

Gem Mining & Gold Panning

  • COVID-19 Update (5/14/21):  our gem mining activity station is open! Walk-ins are welcome! 
  • The area’s only indoor gem mining & gold panning experience.
  • Mine for gems, minerals, shells & fossils, or pan for real gold!
  • Open 5-days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Award-Winning – voted #1 Indoor Activity Center in the 2019 Voters’ Choice Awards!

Plan Your Visit


Gem Mining Birthday Party room at Treasure Quest Mining

Birthday Parties

  • COVID-19 Update (5/14/21): Stay tuned, birthday party packages will be made available soon!  In the meantime, you can plan an at-home experience utilizing our to-go bags of mining rough!  
  • Flexible and affordable gem mining birthday party packages available. 
  • Award-Winning – voted #1 Birthday Party Venue in the 2019 Voters’ Choice Awards! 
  • Schedule a fun, interactive, and unique birthday party experience. 

Explore Party Packages


Authentic rocks and fossil gifts at Treasure Quest Mining

Prehistoric Gifts

  • Shop our prehistoric gifts at our store oronline.
  • Authentic fossils, crystals, gemstones, dinosaur toys & other treasures.
  • The area’s largest selection of gems, minerals, fossils ideal for home decorating, gift-giving, or metaphysical use.  
  • An incredible selection of treasures for the rockhound or aspiring paleontologist!
  • Award-Winning – Voted a top local Gift Shop in the 2019 Voters’ Choice Awards!

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Mobile Gem Mining Experience

Mobile Mining

  • COVID-19 Update:  The mobile gem mining unity is not currently available.  
  • Book our Mobile Gem Mining Experience! Our state-of-the-art, custom-engineered trailer takes gem mining to the next level! 
  • Book us for your next: 
    • In-house School Field Trip
    • Summer Camp or Scout Activity
    • Fundraiser
    • Corporate Event

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Gift CArds

  • Give the gift of treasure!  They will dig it! 
  • Two convenient ways to buy your gift card today: 
    • Purchase in our store 
    • Purchase an e-gift card online (available online 24-hours a day)
  • Gift certificates do not expire and can be set in any amount you choose! 

Buy a Gift Card


Learn More about our family owned business

Learn more About Us!

  • Learn more about our family-run business! 
  • Watch this video created by the team of Out and About TV.  

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We invite you to experience the youthful joy of a Treasure Quest.  You will dig it!

Treasure Quest Mining is an award-winning indoor and mobile gem mining experience, birthday party venue, and prehistoric gift shop located a block from downtown Apex at 414 Upchurch Street in Apex, North Carolina.  Visit our award-winning location, you will dig it!  

We offer severalbirthday party packages, affording you the flexibility to custom-design your child’s gem mining birthday party experience to meet your budget and needs.  

Our Prehistoric Gift Shop features fine quality educational and entertaining dinosaur toys, authentic fossil specimens, and unique geologic treasures.  Visit our store in person or shop securely and conveniently online.  You can purchase our treasures through Etsyor our website –

Shop Prehistoric Gifts

Explore our store, in-person or online, to purchase authentic fossils and other prehistoric treasures. 


Schedule your child’s birthday party adventure with us.

Field Trips & Group Events

Schedule a group outing, school visit, or track-out camp field trip with us today!

Identify your Treasures

View our comprehensive gem, shell & fossil identification pages to learn about your treasures.