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Still fun 40 Years Later

Went back to see if was really that much fun when I was a kid. Yes it was just as much fun but a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Spuddler
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Charlottetown, Canada
Rick W.

This was such a fun park to climb and slip thru. It's almost like caving without going deep... read more

Reviewed November 23, 2018
raw2017
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Swanzey, New Hampshire
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A family adventure since 1922! Polar Caves is located in the scenic Baker River Valley in Rumney, New Hampshire. Come tour our natural scenic attraction featuring 9 glacial boulder caves. While visiting, feed the fallow deer, pheasants, and ducks...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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705 Rumney Route 25, Rumney, NH 03266-3581
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went back to see if was really that much fun when I was a kid. Yes it was just as much fun but a little more difficult due to age!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Spuddler
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

This was such a fun park to climb and slip thru. It's almost like caving without going deep underground. A great place to take the young and young at heart. Even mom went thru and she's in her 80's.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

I’d be curious to know the veracity of the claim that the caves were a stop on the UR. Sounds more like rumor than fact. Is there any other evidence to suggest that this claim is fact based?? Btw, I’ve been there quite some time...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

We were the first to arrive at 10am opening. We were greeted by a lovely girl at the front desk and her dog called Tucker who was also very friendly! We gave him lots of pats and he liked that! We got our tickets and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank traciewatler
PolarCavesOfficial, Manager at Polar Caves Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Hi Tracie, Thank you for the great review! We are always glad to hear that our staff provided a memorable experience for you! We hope to see you again if you are back visiting the White Mountains!

Reviewed September 22, 2018

We visited this place while on vacation in New Hampshire. The walk was nice and the caves were really cool! If you do not like tight spaces, have bad knees, or any kind of disability I do not recommend! There is a lot of walking...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Melanie W
PolarCavesOfficial, Manager at Polar Caves Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Melanie, Thank you for your great review! We pride oursleves on being a family fun attraction! The mining sluice actually stays open all year round but is not always staffed with an attendant outside during our slower times. However, you can always purchase your mining...More

Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Overall very well thought out and laid out. Great idea. Not really caves - more spaces made by fallen cliffs centuries ago. Some quite small and low places if you are overweight or very tall. It’s definitely a great place for kids but we found...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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PolarCavesOfficial, Manager at Polar Caves Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Linda, Thanks for the great review! Cave and cavern are two of the geographical settings that can be differentiated by their openings and formation. All caverns are caves, but not all caves are caverns as caverns are one of the types of the caves. The...More

Reviewed September 13, 2018

Several natural boulder configurations that you can walk. It is amazing the difference in temperatures. Good descriptions of the various caves so you can determine if you want to go in - tight spaces requiring bent walking. We only actually went in 2 of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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PolarCavesOfficial, Manager at Polar Caves Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Rorudupa, Thank you for your great review! We hope to see you and your family again in future years!

Reviewed September 11, 2018

I happened to bump on this gem of a place trying to kill a few hours before our campground was ready. And I am really glad that I listened to Google's suggestion of this place. This place is not very crowded and from outside it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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PolarCavesOfficial, Manager at Polar Caves Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Jegan, Thank you for your great review we pride ourselves on having a fun, humorous adventure, and very clean park! We hope to see you again in future years!

Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Be aware of the following ... you enter through the gift shop so be prepared to scurry through with your kids... Buy the deer food outside (bring a few quarters ) or they sell u a bigger bag inside for more $ The caves were...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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PolarCavesOfficial, Manager at Polar Caves Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Scoobs, Thanks for the great review! Admission is $19.50 for ages 13+ and $14.50 for ages 4-12 for anyone calculating the cost of a family of 5. The bags of deer food bought inside are the equivalent of 4 handfuls outside and are measured daily....More

Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

This particular attraction was one of my favorites on this trip! Having been lucky enough to spend my youth outdoors, making forts, playing in the woods and climbing on rocks, I was taken 40 years back by this incredibly beautiful venue. The well cared for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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PolarCavesOfficial, Manager at Polar Caves Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Elizabeth, Thank you for the great review we pride ourselves on being a very family friendly, clean and well maintained family attraction for over 95 years! We are glad you stopped in and hope to see you again in future years!

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Freedom556805
September 18, 2018|
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Response from PolarCavesOfficial | Property representative |
Ages 13 + $19.50 Ages 4-12 $14.50 Seniors/Veterans $17.50
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Elizabeth811
August 20, 2018|
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Response from PolarCavesOfficial | Property representative |
Elizabeth, We have a $5 no cave tour admission fee into the park where you can enjoy our picnic area, animal park, and rock garden trails which are less strenuous than the caves themselves. Along the way are many benches... More
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Elizabeth811
August 20, 2018|
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Hi Elizabeth, Our guests typically spend about 2hours at the park on average. The cave tour alone is roughly 45mins. It is doable with a 4 year old but is child dependent. If you believe your child would enjoy walking and... More
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legalese
minnesota
Differences between Polar Caves and Lost River Gorge? (2 Replies)
Hello ~ we are visiting in mid August with our 6 and 8 year olds. Both Polar Caves Park and Lost River Gorge look super awesome, and something my girls would totally love. Lost River Gorge is more expensive, but other than that, I cannot decide which one to go to. Both "locations" work for our itinerary, so that is not a factor. Has anyone been to both and able to offer a comparison/info that would be helpful in choosing? Thank you so much!!!
July 11, 2017|
Response fromThe_Steve_from_NY|
I think there are two main differences. Lost River has a stream, and Polar Caves has some distant views. Other than that they've got a lot of similarities. They're both features caused by glaciers moving bedrock and dumping a lot of boulders in piles. At Lost River the pile is largely in a forested ravine, and has a stream flowing through it. At Polar Caves the pile is more or less at the slope below a steeper section of cliff. I think Polar caves has the better pile of rocks, but if you...More
legalese
minnesota
Suggestions for a place to stay based on itinerary (4 Replies)
Hello ~ we are driving through NH from ME to get to a wedding in VT. We will be traveling with our 6 and 8 year olds. I've researched a bunch of different things to do and narrowed it down based on our interests to the following: MT Washington Cog Railway (first stop from Acadia) Flume Gorge The Basin Polar Caves Park Saint-Gaudens Nat'l Historic Site Next stop will be VT Trying to figure out the best/most efficient place to stay based on our route. Any suggestions??? Also, any...More
July 08, 2017|
Response fromlegalese|
Thank you! We are traveling the second week of August 2017. We will be driving from Acadia to Mt Washington at night. We ended up deciding to stay in Gorham. We'll arrive late and get up early - on a mission to make the steam engine Cog at 9:00 am. Do you think it will be too overcast already by the first train? We're doing the train because the drive up sounds too scary for me - we just drove in the black hills last year and that was too treacherous for me and Mt Washington sounds scarier....More