Plan Your Visit
Everything you need to know before your visit to Polar Caves, from directions to suggested attire.
Hours of Operation - 7 days-a-week.
Early Season Opening Day to Memorial Day: 10a-5p (last admission sold at 4p)
Summer Season Memorial Day – Labor Day: 9a-6p (last admission sold at 5p)
Late Season Labor Day to October 15th: 10a-5p (last admission sold at 4p)
Purchase Online today to avoid ticket lines at the Park. Tickets are always available for same day purchase at the park.
Park Daily Rates
- Ages 13+, $18.50
- Ages 4-12, $14.25
- Ages 3 and under, admission is free.
- Active and retired Military with Military ID to receive $2.00 off your ticket price.
Season Pass Rates
- 13+ $37.00
- 4-12 $28.50
- Under 4 is free
- Baker River Mining Sluice
- $8.00 bag, Gemstones
- $10.00 bag, Gemstones, Rubies and Emeralds
- $22.00 bag, Gemstones, Rubies, Emeralds and Fossils
- The Glacial Wall, $10.00 or 4 Climbs for $30.00
- The Ascent aka "Via Ferratta", $25.00
Campers, Students and Other Groups - Best Value! $10.00
- Rate is for June 17-September 4
- $1.00 off before June 17 or after September 4
- Rate for ages 6 - 12
- Under 4 years of age is free
Complimentary Admission (with Group Registration*) - FREE
- With a group of 20 or more
- Adults in a 1:10 ratio are free
- Bus Drivers Free of Charge
Extra Adults (for any adults not included in the 1:10 ratio) - $13.50
- Extra Chaperones
Polar Caves Park is located at 705 Rumney Route 25, Rumney, NH 03266, just six miles from I-93’s Exit 26. We are easy to get to!
Advice for GPS users: We strongly recommend that you do not use GPS coordinates but instead search or “look up” “Polar Caves” using your GPS software. If unsure, please call us at (603) 536-1888.
From the South:
1 Hour from Manchester, NH – Take I-93 North to Exit 26, and Polar Caves Park is nine minutes from the exit.
2 Hours From Boston, MA – Take I-93 North to Exit 26. Polar Caves park is nine minutes from the exit.
From the North:
Take Interstate 93 south to Exit 26. This one-way exit will put you on NH Route 25 west (Tenney Mountain Highway). Four miles from the exit you will find a traffic circle. Bear right to stay on NH Route 25. Polar Caves Park will be located just 1 mile further on your left.
From the West:
(Vermont): Take Route 4 from West Lebanon to the town of Canaan, N.H. Take Route 118 for 16 miles to its end at Route 25. Turn right on Route 25 and look for Polar Caves Park on your right in 7 miles.
From the East:
(Portland, ME): Take Route 25 from the Maine/New Hampshire border to Route 16 North. Follow Route 16 North for 8 miles and turn left on Route 25 in West Ossipee, N.H. Follow Route 25 to Meredith, N.H. and turn left at the stop light. At the top of the hill bear right onto Route 104. Take Route 104 to Interstate 93 (about 8 miles) and enter Northbound. Take exit 26 to NH Route 25 (Tenney Mountain Highway) and travel 4 miles to the traffic circle. Bear right at the traffic circle onto Route 25 and find Polar Caves Park in 1 mile on your left.
Polar Caves Park wishes to be welcoming to every person. However, our attraction is built into the side of a mountain. The changes in elevation necessitate inclined paths and stairs. As this is a natural attraction we have limited paved surfaces. Our main concourse and paths are either bluestone gravel or earth. Wheeled vehicles (wheelchairs, scooters and strollers) will be unable to or have great difficulty navigating this terrain. All nine caves are situated on or around Hawk’s Cliff at an elevation hundreds of feet above the parking lot. There are many stairs that connect the caves and bypass boardwalks.
Our main concourse where our Animal Parc is located is gravel covered and partially accessible depending on the diameter of a wheeled vehicles wheels. Persons with physical disabilities that limit mobility or who are accompanied by registered guide dogs should contact the office in advance with additional questions.
Pets are not allowed in the park.
The Polar Caves were formed during the last Ice Age, long before the invention of strollers and baby carriers. Neither of these modern conveniences works well while touring the caves due to steep inclines and declines, tight spaces and in some cases low ceilings. Strollers will be difficult to navigate over stairs. A baby-back carrier or snuggly type device may leave the child exposed to physical injury if a caregiver slipped or fell. However, many parents have toured the caves or utilized the boardwalk bypasses that allow a visitor who wants to “go around” a cave to do so by following a boardwalk path. Additionally, we do have a baby changing station located in our Maple Lodge accessible bathroom.
Why is it called Polar Caves?
The Polar Caves were formed during the last ice age as a 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 can 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 for readmittance.
If you’d like to avoid crowds, plan to visit early or later in the day. Please keep in mind that 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.
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 boardwalks. Flip-flops are strongly discouraged; they don’t offer good support on the terrain.
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