If you had a burger, or a hot dog that was 50,000 years old, it would be pretty disgusting wouldn't it? Now, if you had a spectacular cave system that was about the same age, you might find something amazing!
That's exactly what you'll find in Polar Caves Park - which were formed all those years ago as the third continental glacier moved over the White Mountains of New Hampshire. (Nature is amazing isn't it!?)
Then, when the ice retreated, it actually left behind what you will be visiting - a series of amazing caves and passageways which families can explore!
The self-guided tours will take you through the caves, as well as nature trails and a rock garden. Kids will be amazed at some of the formations they will experience in the caves. Kids - can you see how many different formations you can see?
There are actually nine amazing granite boulder caves which are connected by boardwalks so you can explore them more easily.
Polar Caves Park is much more than a cave system - it's a family day out! Take some lunch and enjoy a picnic or BBQ in the Pine Forest. Perhaps you'll be lucky and have some of the local wildlife to feed. There is even history to be learnt with the history of the Maple sap collection!
If kids really are into the underground theme, they can try their hand at being a miner for the day and try and get some gems and minerals of their own in the mining sluice, or they can hunt for crystals in the dark Klondike mines! Pretty crazy huh!?
$11 to $16
You're underground, so whatever the weather, it doesn't matter!
Flat sole shoes are recommended.
Homemade Pizza restaurant is a great option if you want something hot and tasty for lunch!
Healthy Eating There are picnic areas and grills so you can bring your own healthy options!
From the North or South: Take Interstate 93 to Exit 26. This One-way exit will put you on Rte. 25 West (Tenney Mountain Highway). Four miles from the exit you will approach a traffic circle, bear right to stay on Rte. 25. In just 1 mile Polar Caves Park will be located on your left. From the West (Vermont): Take Rte. 4 from West Lebanon to the town of Canaan, N.H. Take Rte 118 for 16 miles to its terminus at Rte. 25. Turn right on Rte 25 and look for Polar Caves Park on your right in 7 miles. From the East (Portland, ME): Take Rte. 25 from the Maine/New Hampshire border to Rte. 16 North. Follow Rte. 16 North for 8 miles and turn Left on Rte. 25 in West Ossipee, N.H. Follow Rte. 25 to Meredith, N.H. and turn left at the stop light. At the top of the hill bear right onto Rte. 104. Take Rte 104 to Interstate 93 (about 8 miles) and enter Northbound. Take exit 25 to the Tenney Mountain Highway (Rte. 25) and travel 4 miles to the traffic circle. Bear right at the traffic circle and find Polar Caves Park in 1 mile on your left.
Scavenge hunts are available and teaching aids on request, so why not bring the students for that fun field trip out!
There are three gift shops that you can enjoy to find those perfect souvenirs for you!
All the caves are on and around Hawk’s Cliff and many stairs connect the caves. So wheelchairs will not make it on the boardwalk. The animal area is accessible, but that is the only area of the park that is.
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The park was created before the invention of strollers, so unfortunately they can't fit them!
9am to 5pm (4:30pm in Fall)
Open from early May to Late October.
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