Swing Time: NYC’s Best Mini Golf Courses

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NYC’s mini golf game is strong. No matter what kind of miniature golf game you’re looking for (Pixar or pirate-themed?, Glow-in-the-dark? Riverside or science-inspired?) there’s a course for you. From Brooklyn to Long Island, Battery Park to Governors Island, Queens and beyond, these are the best mini gold courses for kids near NYC. Get putting!


photo: Pixar Putt

Pixar Putt

The newest mini-golf course in town is Pixar Putt, a miniature golf course inspired by, and featuring everyone's favorite characters from the studio's films such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. and The Incredibles. This pop-up, open-air course arrives August 1 at Battery Park City and will be here through October 31. All tickets must be purchased online in advance. Pixar Putt is open daily, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. 

Cost: $39.50/adults, $29.50/kids; family packs available, $26.44/person

Pier A
22 Battery Pl.
Battery Park City
Online: pixarputt.com

photo: Adventures at Governors Island

Adventures at Governors Island

This fun zone on Governors Island offers several activities, including a zipline, climbing wall, maze and yes, mini golf. Find this amusement center just steps from Liggett Terrace. Play Fridays, Noon–5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. For more on what's happening at Governors Island, click here to read our guide! 

Cost: $8/person, $30/four players 

Go: Governors Island
Near Liggett Terrace 
Online: govisland.com

Mini Golf with a View at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park

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.


Shipwrecked Miniature Golf

Shipwrecked Miniature Golf
Eleven thousand square feet doesn’t come cheap in New York City, so Shipwrecked Miniature Golf is a little out of the way. Its website says you can take the F/G train to Smith and Ninth and walk down Court St. from there and you can, but it’s a bit of a hike in an industrial area. Once inside, spend the day tackling the pirate-themed course with lots of bells and whistles, play some vintage arcade games, and check out the Escape Rooms (for an additional fee.) 

Go: Shipwrecked Miniature Golf
621 Court St. , 2nd Fl.
Red Hook
Online: shipwreckednyc.com

Cost: 13 and up: 14; senior/military: $12; kids 2 – 12: $10, kids under 2: free

photo: iStock

Amusement Park Mini Golf at Adventurer's Family Entertainment Center

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)



No-Frills Putt Putt at Flushing Meadows Mini Golf

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
Flushing, Queens

Cost: $8.25 for adults and $6.75 for kids 13 and under- per round

photo: iStock

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.


photo: Turtle Cove Gold Center

Turtle Cove Golf Center

Get Competitive at Turtle Cove Golf Center
This 18-hole course in Pelham Bay Park will bring out your competitive side. It's 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

— Jesseca Stenson


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