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
About
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!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Sue R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss the caves!
    I've been here many times in the past and have always loved it. I took my grandson (10) for the first time and he couldn't get enough of it. Crawling through actual caves just amazed him. There are plaques throughout and he read every one and was amazed by the information. We learned a lot about the caves and the surrounding trees. Be sure to wear sensible shoes, not sandals as in some places the rocks are very slippery. I have 5 more grandkids that I want to take through and I can't wait to visit again. This has always been one of my favorite places.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • amanda d
    Haverhill, Massachusetts27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for all ages
    Great for all ages, such a blast with adults and children age 9-14. Glad I brought a small backpack with water on the adventure. Gift shop was cool and priced fairly. Took about 35 min to get through but there was only a small crowd at that time. Great little stop on our way up about another 1 hr drive to camp. A must do for family fun!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Kelly W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family adventure from a plus size mama
    Love this place! I did it as a kid, a young 20 something and this time I took my 5 year old son. My son says it was his favorite (and for reference we did storyland, clarks trading post, and santas village- the quintessential white mountains vacation with with a little kid) It's a great little adventure with a bit of cool natural history as well. (See what I did there) The cool caves are refreshing on a hot summer day... although they were a lot smaller than I remembered...but that probably has to do more with me being a lot bigger. I still made it through fat man's misery, but I opted out of lemon squeeze. Lol. I am definitely plus size and was able to go through all of them but for the last one sat on the cooling bench while the kids went through the rest of the cave...more so because I was pooped than anything. Haha So for the person saying not for larger people I don't agree. If you are very large maybe not, but I'm a women's 2x/3x and I was good. Would still agree not a great idea if you are claustrophobic though.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Melissa D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    FANTASTIC day with the kids, worth the trip!
    We were vacationing at White Lake State Park and decided to take the drive to visit the Polar Caves with our 10.5, 7 & 4 year olds and it was AWESOME! The park was very clean and well maintained. The trails through the caves were impeccable and well constructed and very safe. All three kids could fully participate and they all had fun. The deer and ducks were adorable. There was lots of great signage about the history of the caves and all the local flora. The gift shop was also awesome (I love a good gift shop!) Everyone was very nice. The entire experience EXCEEDED our expectations!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 15, 2023
  • saphyress
    Wareham, Massachusetts263 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun way to spend an hour
    Was a fun way to kill an hour. We love climbing all over rocks and this gave the added fun of climbing down, around and under the rocks and into small caves. It had rained so was a little tricky in some spots but there were plenty of railings and lighting. I love the signs, they made me laugh!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
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Lauren S
Plymouth, MA4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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kellyjojo
new jersey101 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Kvecchitto
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
I haven’t been here since I was about 8 years old and that was decades ago. They have done an impressive amount of work making it easy to move along the exterior of the cave system. The caves themselves are narrow, dark and damp. Super-refreshing on a hot and very humid day! You need shoes with a decent amount of grip as some of the rock surfaces are slick from the moisture. You also need to watch your head as clearances are low. There are by-passes to each cave if you are not comfortable going in. The boulders and the view are beautiful! I would recommend this for adventurous families looking for something different to do. I probably wouldn’t take a child under 5.
Written July 10, 2020
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Diannadeca
Southwick, MA2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We went very early and did not get close to another party while touring the caves which was nice. However, I can see how climbing through poorly ventilated caves could be hazardous physically and in the age of COVID.

Also, there were only a few deer for the petting zoo and feeding them isn’t available. There were empty cages which suggest there were once other animals to view. So it was disappointing that was not mentioned in the ordering process. Neither was the fact that most of the easy rock garden trail was closed. We brought my 73 yr old father who obviously was not going in the caves, but looked forward to the more accessible stroll. That was also not mentioned in the ordering process.

Ultimately, we paid for an attraction but got 1/3 the experience for all in our party, the kids and the adults.

The caves were interesting and our kids 6 and 7 loved loved loved exploring them.
Written August 20, 2020
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sullific
new haven, ct680 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I was expecting a cavern, or the larger walk-thru caves I have been through in Belize. This isn't that. You really do have to be in decent physical condition (or, be a kid!). There are a couple of places (not just the Lemon Squeeze) where a hefty (not fat, just a bit hefty) adult would have a difficult time fitting through. It was very tough for us because it was a hot, humid day, and even with the luscious glacial air rising in the caves, they're too small to just luxuriate in. The place is kept up very nicely and the few animals one can feed are an added attraction. The one thing I was very disappointed with is that there wasn't a guide or a book (or a guidebook) to really explain the interesting geology and exactly how, why etc. the underground icy air is being funneled upward("warm air rises"? Not enough for the rockhound in me).
Written July 13, 2020
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Ckenn J
Portland, ME20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I have been to several caves, but this site is completely different from others I have been to. It is very family friendly. Kids ranging from age 4-11 all enjoyed the visit and made it through all caves. The caves are easy to get through and well lit. I would feel comfortable letting the 7 and 11 year old go through each cave without us. We also had a one year old who we carried in a baby carrier on our back, this is allowed on the boardwalk around each cave, but they are not allowed in the caves. My husband and I took turns going in while the other stayed with the baby. I claustrophobic but had no issues in the caves, however, I decided to let the kids and husband do lemon squeeze, while I did Orange crush. Took just about an hour to go through all the caves. I felt for this the price was a little steep. It was overall very enjoyable and I would recommend this to those visiting with children. Make sure to book ahead of time!
Written August 22, 2020
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Steve L.
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Rich J
Valley Lee, MD6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Great Place to explore. Weather was nice and cool, and the caves were cool too. Recommend a light jacket, but put it around your waist for you will generate much heat while exploring the caves. Some tight spaces, but all went well. You may want to wear a baseball cap for you sometimes hit your head on some rock, and that will cushion it.

Staff were friendly too. Highly recommend.
Written August 31, 2020
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Sarah B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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