Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a quick description we use on many affiliated websites to describe Polar Caves. Please feel free to cut and paste it and use it for your own webpage.

The Polar Caves were formed about fifty thousand years ago as the third continental glacier descended over New Hampshire’s White Mountains. When the ice retreated, it left behind an amazing series of caves and passageways for visitors to explore. Self-guided tours take you to the rock garden and nature trails and through the caves.

How accessible is Polar Caves?

All our caves are on and around Hawk’s Cliff and many stairs connect the caves; wheelchairs, scooters or strollers will not make it on the boardwalk.

Our animal area is accessible, and we have added a ramp to the back entrance so you can get into the main lodge as well.

Strollers, baby-back carriers?

We see many people that hope to use both through out the cave tour, but neither work very well on the tour.  Strollers just don’t fit and the problem with baby back carriers is that when the parent ducks they leave their child exposed to hitting rocks they are ducking from.

But I wear Flip-flops year-round….

We do not suggest Flip-flops since they do not give you good support in and around the caves.  People do wear them and we do allow them, just be aware of the steel stairs that often can catch a toe or the areas around the caves that will swallow one flip-flop and it will never be seen again.

Are the caves cold?

Most of the caves stay around 55 degrees, but they are all linked together by many sets of stairs, so you tend to be very warm by the time you are done.  Depending on the season you may want to bring a jacket, but most of the summer a jacket is not needed.

But it is Raining…

We are open rain or shine,  but if it is real early in our season or real late in the season we will close early if no one is in the park, usually 4:30pm.  Any doubt, feel free to call.  603-536-1888.

How long should I plan to be there?

We usually tell people to plan to stay about 2-hours, but you can spend the whole day if you like.  You are also welcome to leave and comeback as long as your hand is stamped.

Why is it called Polar Caves?

When the caves were originally discovered the breeze exiting them was described as “Polar”.  While our mascot is a Polar Bear, as far as we know none have ever lived here.

What is “Dog Parking”?

Since our park has an animal area we do not allow dogs into the park.  We love our pets and know people often travel with their own, so we have provided a shaded parking area away from the main parking lot area.  Hopefully it will help keep your pet cool and calm during your visit.

When is the best time of day to visit?

To avoid crowds come early or a little late, between 11 am and 2 pm is when we are the busiest. In the summer we sell our last ticket at 5 pm, but you can stay in the park till around 6 pm.  We do ask if you arrive after 4 pm please explore the caves first, they are the first part of the park to close.  You can take your time in the animal area and gift shop.