All nine caves are situated on or around Hawk’s Cliff. There are many stairs that connect the caves; wheelchairs, scooters and strollers will not make it on the boardwalk. Our animal area is accessible, but pets are not allowed in the park.
- Baby friendly
The Polar Caves were formed 50,000 years ago, long before the invention of strollers and baby-back carriers. Neither of these modern conveniences works well while touring the caves. There are some tight spots where strollers will not fit. A baby-back carrier leaves the child exposed to hitting rocks when the parent ducks in a cave.
We are open rain or shine; however, if it is very early or very late in our season, we will close early if the park is empty, usually 4:30 p.m. Feel free to call before you come: 603-536-1888.
- Why is it called Polar Caves?
The Polar Caves were formed about 50,000 years ago as the third continental glacier descended over New Hampshire’s White Mountains. When the caves were originally discovered, the cold breeze exiting them was described as “polar,” giving the caves their name. While our mascot is a Polar Bear, as far as we know, none have ever lived here. For more information about our unique geologic features, check out the Kid’s Corner.
- How long should I plan to be at Polar Caves?
Self-guided tours take about 2 hours, but feel free to stay the whole day. If you’d like to leave and come back, just be sure we stamp your hand.
If you’d like to avoid crowds, plan to visit early or late in the day. Our busiest hours are between 11 am and 2 pm.
In the summer, we sell our last ticket at 5 pm, but you can stay in the park until around 6 pm. If you arrive after 4 pm, please explore the caves first because they are the first part of the park to close.
- Suggested Attire
Polar Caves park is a fun, adventurous destination for families who love to explore, and visitors looking for a leisurely touring experience. However, the caves can be quite chilly on even the hottest summer day. They are named Polar Caves because of the icy breath that emanates from them after all! In addition to long sleeves, wear sturdy shoes such as hiking boots or sneakers. You’re going to be scrambling around rocks and into caves, down ladders, and along wood walkways. Flip-flops are not recommended; they don’t offer good support on the terrain in and around the caves.
While we will not refuse you entrance for wearing flip-flops, please be aware that the steel stairs can snag a toe and the areas around the caves may swallow one flip-flop and it will never be seen again.
Do your PC Explorers want to have their birthday party at Polar Caves, or celebrate a special award? Polar Caves park is a really unique place to throw a party, and our staff will help take care of as much or as little as you need for the big day. Call our Group Sales coordinator at (605) 536-1888 for more information.
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