Polar Caves Park
Polar Caves Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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. Also try the Baking River Mining Sluice; tour our Maple Lodge, and enjoy the truly unique Glacial Rock Garden. Be sure to check out our Polar Climbing walls with different levels of difficulty to provide a challenge for anyone! Bring your own lunch and enjoy our picnic area with charcoal grills, charcoal not provided. Be sure to visit our Gift Shop and try some fudge before you go! Open Daily 9am to 6pm!
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Steve L.
8 contributions
Jul 2022
What an incredibly cool place, in more ways than one. Polar Caves has been on my list for years; finally my girlfriend and I went there yesterday, and we couldn't have been happier. It is good for people of all ages. If you are not too big and physically capable, all the caves will be fine. Each cave has an easy way around it though, so if there are members of your group that wanted to tag along, but not feeling the caves or not quite capable of them, they can take the easy path around each cave, which is a fantastic option to make this more doable for everyone. And if you can't go through the caves, but your friends/family is going, still go along, there is plenty of beauty to see without actually going through them.
Saying that, if you are 300 pounds +, just a heads up, some of the caves are going to be tighter than ideal if not even impassible.
Excellent for a hot day as the caves ARE quite cold. The "Ice Cave" even still had ice in it from winter, and this was July!
And before you get to the area with the caves they have a bunch of very healthy, very friendly Fallow Deer you can feed for $2. That was super fun.
I and my gf are both first responders so it was $21. Normal price is $25, and I would have gladly paid that for the experience; it was incredible!
Written July 9, 2022
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mmc9999
Reading19 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Great time! Masks and social distancing..... felt very safe. Book tickets online as they only let a certain number in at a time. Picnic area was very useful! Packed a picnic lunch and ate before trekking through the caves. Restrooms in gift shop. Buy a small bag of corn for $1 to feed the deer and ducks.
Written August 8, 2020
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Christine G
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
Cool experience. The caves were challenging and you feel good about yourself when you're done. The place is ran by teenagers so adjust your expectations with the level of customer service. Moms, don't bring your purse. Don't even bring a bag. Some spots that are just too tight, high or challenging to lug a bag. Also wear shoes. Simple things.
Otherwise great!!! Pricey, but fun.
Written July 14, 2022
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kellyjojo
new jersey101 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We always do a stop at the Polar Caves when we visit NH, but unfortunately, we ran into a real piece of work in the gift shop. There is a heavy set girl with short brown hair that runs around the gift shop making sure every item is exactly where it belongs, and is sure to make your kid feel like crap if it isn't returned. I asked if there was a water fountain, and she looked at me like she just smelled a fart and said "No". Nasty rude@#$$-. My 8 year old daughter took a stuffed animal and hid it so no one would buy it when we were touring the caves. We told the kids we would buy a souvenir when we left. Well, this nervy, uptight, rigid witch asked my daughter if she was planning on buying the stuffed animal, my daughter was scared of this girl and said no. She said "well, that's not where it goes.". My 8 yr old isn't an employee there. She wanted to make sure she could get this stuffed animal,she wasn't making a mess of "your" gift shop which is, by the way, full of kids. Polar Caves, do yourself a favor and hire someone who actually likes people and kids. This chic was just weird and rude. She watched my kids like a hawk when we came back in and dropped more money at this establishment. We were ready to tell this degenerate off for putting a crappy note on our visit. She needs to get a life and a different job if intimidating young children is her way of having power. This girl seemed to be "in charge" of the other teenagers there. Taking your title a little too serious. Get a job where you don't need to deal with people. Thank you so very much putting a crappy note on our visit. Other than this thing screwing up our visit, everyone else was pleasant and the caves were great.
Written July 21, 2021
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Sarah B
1 contribution
Jun 2022
Overpriced, even for New Hampshire tourist attractions. The walk around the caves is too short. When I asked if my kids could go back and walk around again in one of the caves, the woman said that wasn't allowed. I would have understood if it were busy or something like that, but it was a rainy day and almost no one was there. It was so arbitrary. Also, you know that they don't have enough when they have to add a petting zoo. I much preferred Lost River Gorge. They had the same sort of caves that my kids loved climbing in and going through, and the walk was longer and much more scenic. Lost River Gorge is in Woodstock and in a much more dramatic part of the White Mountains. Go there instead!
Written June 22, 2022
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Lauren S
Plymouth, MA4 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Despite signs requiring mask usage, there were only about 50 percent of people wearing them by the time we reached the second cave. Because it requires exertion for many people, which equals heavy breathing, many people, especially older people, were taking them off completely.

Combining heavy breathing, lack of ventilation, and lack of masks, along with no employees on the trail to remind people, it just felt like an extremely bad choice for our family’s comfort level to go there.

The caves are so narrow and tight that touching the surfaces of rocks and handrails is absolutely necessary to make it though. Politely reminding folks didn’t work. We stopped going into the caves and got off the trail as fast as possible.

It’s a very beautiful natural place but there was no opportunity to stop and appreciate it, as when we tried to stop and wait for people to get a safe distance ahead, the groups behind came along and people needed to pass each other on narrow boardwalks which brought everyone within 6 feet, many with dangling or no masks.

The small deer were amazing and feeding them was a highlight. Also, the gift shop had very cute things at reasonable prices and my teenage son bought some very soft and comfortable T shirts and sweatshirts.
Written August 19, 2020
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Kenneth L
1 contribution
Sep 2020 • Family
Was Always enjoyable to hike around, but due to covid restrictions this park is not fun anymore. After booking online paying full price and arriving on time for our spot only to find out Half the trails were closed along with all the buildings except the main building/gift shop. The mining sleuths were closed and when I asked why, staff said it was less to sanitize (rocks and sand) but everyone going through the caves touching hand rails with moisture then going back to the gift shop touching everything else there , mainly overpriced rocks ,was ok for them. The park really looked disheveled and after traveling to new Hampshire for the past 40 years sadly to say we will not be going to the polar caves anymore . I reccomend the scenic drive and trails of the kancamagus .
Written September 10, 2020
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FlyBoyBoston
Boston133 contributions
Aug 2020
Spent an exhilarating 1.5 hours climbing in and out of the caves with my wife and 8 year old grandson. He absolutely loved it, and we had fun as well. Be ready for a climb, as the well marked boardwalk trails weave you up the cliff as you explore King Tut's Tomb, Fat Man's Misery and the Lemon Squeeze. We visited on a very hot day, but the weaving in and out of the caves cooled us down. This is a simple, old school tourist site - there are deer and ducks to feed, caves and a gift shop, but it was really fun. Two visit is the max., and during COVID 19 they did a nice job spacing people out (no crowds). At the price tag of $20 per person, we felt it was worth the visit.
Written August 14, 2020
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Andrew Z
2 contributions
Aug 2021
The wooden deck trails are well built and well maintained. This is a cool interface between nature and the built world where the constructed walkways make it easier for people to visit a rugged aspect of the natural world. We live local and enjoy areas like these on hot summer days, although this one is not as cool temperature-wise as that deep ravine attraction a little farther north.
Written August 30, 2021
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Kathy B
1 contribution
Jun 2020
We had an outstanding experience! My husband and I brought our 13-year-old granddaughter to Polar Caves. He and I had never been there, so we didn't know what to expect. At first, we felt it was pricy for a two-hour timeframe, but once we arrived, we knew that it would be worth every penny. The staff were informative and helpful. The caves are challenging in some spots, but that just added to the fun experience. There are spots that require crawling and squeezing through. Because of a back injury, my husband couldn't go through these areas (but that didn't diminish how much fun he had!). I also enjoyed their gift shop which was well stocked with nice items. We will definitely go there again!
Written June 29, 2020
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