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.
Open May 11th 2019!
May 11th to Memorial Day: 10am-5pm (last admission sold at 4pm)
Memorial Day to Labor Day: 9am-6pm (last admission sold at 5pm)
Labor Day to October 15th: 10am-5pm (last admission sold at 4pm)
Tickets are always available for same day purchase at the park.
Park Daily Rates
- Ages 13+, $19.50
- Ages 4-12, $14.50
- Ages 3 and under, admission is free.
- Active & retired Military/First Responders with proof of ID to receive $3.00 off your ticket price.
Season Pass Rates
- 13+ $39.00
- 4-12 $29.00
- Under 4 is free
- Baker River Mining Sluice
- $12.00 - Crystal Bag
- $22.00 Pail
- $50.00 Bucket
- $100.00 Bucket
- The Glacial Wall, $10.00 or 4 Climbs for $35.00
- The Polar Ascent, $20.00
Group Rates Available For:
Campers, Students and Tour Groups - Call to Reserve Your Spot Today!
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 Park 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 are not able to navigate over stairs. A baby-back carrier or snuggly type device is not advised as it may leave the child exposed to physical injury if a caregiver slipped or fell. However, many parents have toured the caves by utilizing a front pack baby carrier throughout the caves. We advise that you do not attempt to tour the caves with backpack carriers as you will be asked to leave your carrier in your car or at our cave guide platform. Additionally, we do have a baby changing station located in both our Maple Lodge and Main Lodge.
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 to wear your wristband 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 be advised our doors close at 6pm. So plan accordingly.
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.