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“Polar Caves is Fit Family Fun”
Review of Polar Caves Park

Polar Caves Park
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Rumney
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A family experience since 1922 located in the scenic Baker River Valley. Come tour our natural scenic attraction featuring 9 glacial caves. While visiting, feed the fallow deer, exotic birds and ducks. Also try the Polar Mining Expedition and Klondike Mines; Tour our Maple Sugar Museum and enjoy the truly unique Glacial Rock Garden. Bring your own lunch and enjoy our picnic area with charcoal grills, charcoal not provided. Our Snack bar is open daily, featuring homemade pizza. Open Daily 9am to 5pm Spring and Summer, 4:30pm in the fall.
Reviewed 25 July 2014

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.

The experience...
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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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Without a doubt, Polar Caves is the most fun a family can share in the White Mountains! Laughing as we experienced the caves' history and secrets first-hand, we really appreciated the ability to explore and learn at our own pace - and the staff are the most friendly, helpful, and encouraging we've met so far in New England!

Thank you Polar Caves - will be coming back each year !

1  Thank Drew P
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

So, the grandkids and I pull in on July 3rd around 10am and pleased to see only a handful of cars and, ohoh...3 schoolbuses... well it is a hot and humid day, but they were excited. I can't believe how poorly run this place is...the staff let all the groups of busses go out one after the other with no spacing....guess what?..standing 20 minutes between going thru caves in 95 degree heat and humidity is NOT fun ! Poor Poor Poor...oh and when I complained, I was shrugged off by teenage staff...yeah..go figure !

7  Thank Dan L
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Polar_Caver, General Manager at Polar Caves Park, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2014

Thanks for expressing your opinion on how we run our business. I will let you know that teenage guide, the main guide on the platform, and the person that took your call at the front desk while you were standing in line all reported back to me. We did get together after the busy day to discuss your concerns. You told the platform guide that they should stagger the groups into groups of 5 and send them in increments of 15 mins. Using your logic it would take over 4 hours to get all those groups through the caves. These groups are on a time schedule and while I am sure you wouldn't mind waiting 4 hours to see the caves these kids couldn't wait. We do promote to the group leaders that they check out other parts of the park first to try to separate them for all getting to the caves at once, but like you they were here to see the caves. After reading your other reviews on the area, I am sorry you had a bad trip and hope maybe you will try to visit in the off-season when all the attractions are not as busy. Visiting on the busiest week of the year you are bound to run into crowding issues.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

This is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon or not raining. It was fun with the family. We very much enjoyed navigating through the caves and walking the paths. They have cute little shops and we even had some cinnamon glazed pecans which were delicious.

2  Thank Michelle M
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

My 9-year old daughter went here on a school field trip and wanted me and her 14 year old teenage brother to go with her. My son was very resistant and thought it would be boring. I can say we all had a good time and even my teen liked it. We enjoyed the maze of steps leading around and through the boulders up to the caves, each of us taking different routes leading to independent discoveries. The caves themselves were fun to explore in that they were cool on our hot summer day (one even still had ice in it) and required careful navigation to get through their narrow gaps, uneven surfaces, or low-lying ceilings. It was a surprisingly good workout but I wouldn't recommend it for adults who are very big, tall, disabled, or out of shape. Sure footing is a requirement here. The gift shop and Maple sugar house were a nice distraction. Younger kids will enjoy the mining area and the feeding of the deer. This is a low-key pleasant experience that will bring all ages together to explore and enjoy the wonders of the natural world.

2  Thank flightsofancy
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