Think mini golf is an activity reserved for vacations? No way! There’s many more putt putt courses around NYC than you probably know about. Read on for our top ten list of cool courses including one that’ll teach your kid a thing or two about science, one right on the Hudson River, one with a side of go-karts and one with a side of cocktails (okay, that one is just for you!). We’re going to play a round or two this summer, how about you?
No-Frills Putt Putt at Flushing Meadows Mini Golf
Yet another activity hidden away in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, this 18-hole mini course is pretty basic, no bells and whistles here, but it does have some lovely waterfalls and greenery. Expect to take about 40 minutes to get through one round, even longer if your kiddos are younger than 7. There’s a concession stand for snacks, and bathrooms on site, too. Plus, you can park for free in Lot D, which is about a 5 minute walk away.
Go: Flushing Meadows Mini Golf
100 Flushing Meadows Park
Cost: $8.25 for adults and $6.75 for kids 13 and under- per round
Free Mini Golf on Governor’s Island
If you want something a little more challenging and a lot cooler to look at, give the mini golf course at Governor’s Island a try. They change up the course every year, so even if you’ve been to it before, you haven’t played the same course. It’s better suited for older kids, unless you have a wealth of patience and a few hours to spare for the littles to make it through the course.
Go: FIGMENT 2013 Mini Golf: State of the Art
Cost: Free, Sat. & Sun. now through September 22, 2013
Make a day of it at Randall’s Island Golf & Sports
Plan on spending an afternoon tackling the 36 holes at this pretty awesome mini golf course. Beginners and experienced golfers alike will enjoy this outing. After you work up an appetite, enjoy their cafe which serves lunch and dinner, which is family-friendly, of course.
Go: Randall’s Island Golf & Sports
1 Randall’s Island
Cost: $9 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under- for unlimited golfing fun
Fly High with NYSCI’s Rocket Park Mini Golf
This space-themed course can be the highlight of a trip to the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Each of the nine colorful holes also teaches kids how to make their putt using science as their guide, so kids over age 6 would probably understand it more than younger kids. And what kid wouldn’t want to play mini golf among real rocket ships? Since you have to pay museum admission anyway to play in Rocket Park, be sure to take advantage and see all the awesome exhibits NYSCI has to offer while you’re there.
Go: NYSCI’s Rocket Park Mini Golf
47-01 111th Street
718-699-0005 ext. 365
Cost: Rocket Park admission is $6 for adults and $5 for kids 2-17. Museum admission is $11 for adults and $8 for kids.
Mini Golf with a View at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park
Here’s an 18 hole course with all the trimmings – waterfalls, bridges, even music while you play, all along the water in Hudson River Park. Mini golf and a beautiful view? Yes, please! If the kids get bored playing miniature golf, you can always take a break at Pier 25’s massive Play Area.
Go: Manhattan Youth Pier 25 Mini Golf
Hudson River Park, Pier 25 at North Moore Street
Cost: $5 for adults and $4 for kids 13 and under. Bring cash – they don’t accept credit cards.
Basic Mini Golf at Brooklyn Golf Center
Get your mini golf fix at Brooklyn Golf Center with their straightforward 18-hole course. This course is part of a bigger range but it gets the job done with varying degrees of difficulty for each hole. Plus, they offer discounted rates if you want to play additional rounds.
Go: Brooklyn Golf Center
3200 Flatbush Avenue
Cost: $8 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. $4 for additional rounds
Amusement Park Mini Golf at Adventurer’s Family Entertainment Center
When you think mini golf, you might not think amusement park. But that’s exactly what you’ll get at this course located right in the middle of Adventurer’s Family Entertainment Center in Brooklyn. You and the kiddos will be torn between riding the rides and playing some golf- luckily it’s all in one place so you can do both.
Go: Adventurer’s Family Entertainment Center
1824 Shore Parkway in Brooklyn
Cost: $6 per person (2 tickets each)
Go-karts and Mini Golf and Batting Cages, Oh My!
A trip to this Staten Island fun zone will surely be worth it. Not only do they offer a sprawling 18 hole mini golf course, they also have go-karts, batting cages and hockey, so even your older kids will be satisfied spending some quality family time together. There’s also a concession stand available for buying snacks. Be sure to bring cash – that’s all they accept. Also check out their coupon page for the latest specials they’re running.
Go: Staten Island Go-Karts, Batting Cages, and Mini Golf
215 Schmidts Lane
Cost: $6 per person, per round
Get Competitive at Turtle Cove Golf Center
This 18-hole course in Pelham Bay Park will bring out your competitive side. Touted as being more difficult than your average mini golf course, so we recommend this for older kids only. After your round of golf you can fill your bellies at the on-site cafe.
Go: Turtle Cove Golf Center
1 City Island Road
Pelham Bay Park
Cost: $7 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under
Mini Golf Date Night at Greenwich Village Country Club
Who says kids should have all the fun? Next time date night rolls around, consider a night of mini golf, and maybe a little bowling thrown in for good measure. Bowlmor’s Greenwich Village Country Club location offers a painfully easy 9-hole indoor mini golf course above their bowling alley that will seem infinitely more difficult after a few cocktails. Challenge accepted!
Go: Greenwich Village Country Club
110 University Place
Cost: $7.95 per person, per round of golf
Where’s your favorite place to play mini golf?
— Jesseca Stenson
Images courtesy of Jesseca Stenson and New York Hall of Science by Andrew Kelly