We've been going to the Polar Caves for years.
Things to know about this attraction...
1. It may seem like its a good idea to go to the "Polar Caves' on a hot day but it is not. There are a lot stairs and climbing that will just make you hotter. If you want to cool off go to Whales Tale Waterpark, Attitash, Cranmore~ you get the idea. There are better places to go for that.
2. If you can't walk stairs, don't go.
3. All caves the average fit 6'0 person can get thru. There is bending and walking bent. If you are too wide, you will be taking the bypasses, essentially paying to walk stairs around the caves.
4. Take your water bottle/wallet leave your backpacks/bags in the car. You'll be glad you did. And the person behind you that you slowed down because you can't fit thru the cave with those items will be happy you did too.
5.The gift shop when you enter has the only restrooms on the site. Use them before you visit the caves.
6.Food is sold there but don't plan on eating there. Bring your own for a picnic if you go at mealtime.
1. Parking is free. You pay get a map when you enter the big gift shop on the right. Use the bathroom.
2.Little kids like to pan for ore which they sell here. Do it when you get back. You don't want to go thru the caves with a wet kid making you carry their pouch of rocks.
3. You'll stop at a hut outside to get your hand stamped. There are other trails and a sugar house (sells candy and t shirts) if you like. Again, do it after the caves. There is nothing special here but it is part of the Polar Caves experience.
4. Also part of the experience are the birds and animals you see on the walk. There are assorted pheasants in cages, deer you can pay to feed and a huge (not always so great smelling )duck pond.
5.At one point, there is a choice to take the harder or easier route. Take the harder (it just means more stairs). The view is gorgeous.
5.Going thru the caves is fun and takes about only 45 mins.
Other things to combine with your trip to the Polar Caves while you are in the area:
Quincy Bog http://www.quincybog.org
~Its an outdoor conservation area with beaver activity, and a trail around the bog.
Walter Newton Nature Area http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=XTM006-037
~Its a short easy trail to a beautiful waterfall.
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