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!


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. 

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

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

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! 

Tickets: $8/person, $30/four players 

Governors Island
Near Liggett Terrace 
Online: govisland.com

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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. Bring cash – they don’t accept credit cards.

Tickets: $10/adults, $5/kids 13 and under

Manhattan Youth Pier 25 Mini Golf
Hudson River Park, Pier 25 at North Moore Street
Online: hudsonriverpark.org


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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.) 

Tickets: $15/13 and up, $`11/12 and under 
621 Court St. , 2nd Fl.
Red Hook
Online: shipwreckednyc.com


a kid plays mini golf

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.

Tickets: $8/person 
1824 Shore Pkwy.
Bath Beach
Online: adventurerspark.com


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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.

Tickets: $10/adults; $7.50/12 and under 
100 Flushing Meadows Park
Flushing, Queens
Online: golfnyc.com


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 six 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.

NYSCI’s Rocket Park Mini Golf
47-01 111th Street
718-699-0005 ext. 365
Online: nysci.org


Turtle Cove Gold Center

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. (Fun trivia: a scene from Martin Scorcese’s film Raging Bull was filmed here!)

Tickets: $9/adults, $8/12 and under
1 City Island Road
Pelham Bay Park
Online: turtlecovegolfcenter.com

The Hamptons


Children’s Museum of the East End 

Admission to this museum gets you access to its nine-hole, bilingual, accessible outdoor mini golf course, which also teaches basic math and physics concepts! You must book a two-hour time slot for your visit ahead of time. 

Tickets: $19
Open Fri.- Wed, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike

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Puff & Putt Family Fun Center 
An old-school charmer that’s been around for decades, Puff & Putt provides the chance to play miniature golf on the water. You can also rent paddleboards, sailboats, kayaks, canoes and pedal boats here, and there’s a small arcade on site as well. Cash only; they’re open seven days a week. 

Tickets: $7.50/person 
659 Motauk Hwy.
Online: puffandputt

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Hamptons Mini Golf
This newer, 18-hole mini golf course features landmarks of the Hamptons, including the Montauk Lighthouse, Dune Road, the Watermill Museum and of course, lots of flowing water. It’s cash only. 

Tickets: $15/adults, $12/Under 16
668 County Rd. 39
Online: hamptonminigolf.com

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The Clubhouse
As the photo above shows, The Clubhouse is more of an entertainment complex than a miniature golf course. In addition to the 18-hole course—which features waterfalls, bridges and a nautical vibe—The Clubhouse offers a bowling alley, arcade, bocce, fire pits, full menu and bar, live music and more. 

Tickets: $15/adults; $12/kids
Hours: Mon. 4p.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs., 4p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 3-11 p.m.; Sat., Noon-11:00 p.m., Sun., Noon-10 p.m.
174 Daniels Hole Rd. 
Online: clubhousehamptons.com


New Jersey

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Angry Bird Mini Golf & Blacklight Mini Golf at American Dream Mall

You get your choice of unique miniature golf courses at New Jersey’s American Dream Mall. Go for space-themed Black Light Mini Golf, or Angry Birds Mini Golf, both of which feature oversized 3D sculptures, immersive environments and lots of photo ops. Parties are limited to four people. Book in advance online. 

Tickets: $20/person; free/kids two and under 
American Dream
1 American Dream Way
East Rutherford, NJ
Online: americandream.com

—Mimi O’Connor & Jesseca Stenson


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