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The best mini golf NYC has to offer

Check out the best mini golf NYC has to offer! Believe it or not, all the best courses are right at your fingertips.

Allie Early
Shaye Weaver
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Allie Early
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Shaye Weaver
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If competition is what you crave, you'll find satisfaction at the best mini golf NYC has to offer. There are half a dozen teeny tiny putt putt greens in the Metro area that you and the kids can play through in search of that elusive hole in one. From the 18 holes at Manhattan hot spot Pier 25 to the three separate beach, ocean and boardwalk themed courses (27 holes altogether) at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, NJ, these mini golf spots are quirky, kitschy and a whole lot of fun. At the indoor pirate-themed course at Shiprecked Miniature Golf, you can even play through when the weather outside isn't cooperating. 

While most of these mini golf venues cater to kids, adults are more than welcome to join the game and there are adult beverages on order to help keep your head in the game. When a winner has been declared, there's still more to do at several of the courses. Grab a bite to eat (Brooklyn Crab), play vintage arcade games (Shipwrecked), ride a rollercoaster (Morey's Piers) or go deep into the science of space (Rocket Park Mini Golf at the New York Hall of Science). 

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Mini golf in NYC

  • Things to do
  • City Life

Your favorite Pixar characters are coming to Battery Park's Pier A this August as part of a Pixar-themed mini-golf course pop-up! Starting August 1, Pixar Putt will be set up at the park with 18 fun and interactive holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Disney and Pixar's most beloved films including Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Coco, A Bug's Life, Wall-E, and Inside Out. There will be adult-only sessions available as well—Pixar Putt After Dark will take place on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 10pm for those Pixar/Disney fans 18 and older. $39.50 for adults, $29.50 for children

  • Things to do
  • City Life

Putting Green, an 18-hole course on a 15,000-square-foot tiered deck on the North Williamsburg riverfront has finally opened at the former Con Edison site that now belongs to developer Two Trees. The course aims to serve two purposes—one, to provide a fun time to New Yorkers, and two, to teach them about climate change, green and blue infrastructure, animal habitats, energy, and emissions. Each hole offers up a different scene—hole 1 is "Down the drain," showing how litter and debris get washed down storm drains and into waterways. Hole 2, "Whale Fall Feast," shows what happens when a whale dies and sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Hole 15, is "The Big Oyster" by you guessed it, the Billion Oyster Project. Other holes feature polar bears, a windmill, a cow, and a depiction of sea-level rise. $10 for adults, $5 for kids and seniors

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  • City Life

American Dream in the Meadowlands is now home to a new intergalactic-themed mini golf course. Catch 3-D astronaut sculptures, planet murals and a splash of color at every hole while you work your way toward victory. Oh, did we mention that it's completely glow-in-the-dark? Out of This World Blacklight Mini Golf even has glow-in-the-dark equipment: balls, putters and scorecards. It's one of the most Instagrammable places near NYC and it makes for fun family competition. Tickets must be purchased in advanced. $15, $48 for a family of four

If you're into mini golf, Pier 25's setup is one of the most impressive in town: you'll definitely need to visit! With 18 holes and 13,000-square-feet of playing space, there's certainly plenty to see: real water features like a waterfall, pond, stream and several footbridges, plus traditional sand traps and a cave! Pier 25 even offers golf clubs of varying sizes so everyone's comfortable. The only fault we can find with this particular course is that it's super popular, so if you can go early or at odd hours, you're better off and will have more space to play. $10 for adults, $5 for children 

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Rocket Park Mini Golf at New York Hall of Science
  • Museums
  • Science and technology
  • Queens

Beneath the shadow of two retired NASA rockets, kids can tee off at this real outdoor course that mimics the path of a complete space flight. As they play the nine holes, little ones must take careful aim to avoid gravity wells, wormholes, warped space and asteroids; they'll also learn about the laws of motion that move spaceships through the air. The final hole, called "Splash Down," has players putt at a target on a rotating model Earth.  NYSCI admission + $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors

Mini golf at Brooklyn Crab’s Reed Park
  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Red Hook

We all know and love Brooklyn Crab for its outdoor seating, tasty seafood and deliciously boozy drinks like the bourbon pomegranate slushie. However, this awesome restaurant is actually also a great place to explore with the kids during the afternoon. You can duke it out in a game of shuffleboard or bags, and kiddos can get in on eight-hole mini golf and settle the score with their siblings. Expect classic green astro turf, a red windmill and some pretty stellar beachside décor like a windmill and pelican lawn ornament. Free access to mini-golf

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Kids will dig the fun lighting and special effects in this pirate-themed 18-hole miniature golf course. It's indoors, and you'll travel through different rooms to go under the sea or explore a forest. When you're through, there are vintage arcade games to enjoy for 25 cents a play (think Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Frogger. Make sure to stop in for one of the venue's shows throughout the year: You'll find happenings that include jugglers, magicians and even puppet shows. Bonus for parents! Shipwrecked now serves beer, wine and hard cider (in addition to non-alcoholic beverages and delicious snacks for when the kiddos get the munchies). $15 for adults, $11 for children ages 3–12 $11, free for those under 2. 

Mini Golf at Morey's Piers (Starlux Mini Golf)
  • Things to do

Families can enjoy this 27-hole putt-putt course with two levels, a warm-up practice green for newbies and three individually themed courses, located right across the street from the Piers' famous Wildwood sign. There are three courses to choose from, depending on your kid's interests: A beach course full of sandcastles and dines, an ocean course with fountains and sea critters, and last but not least, a boardwalk course with plastic palm trees and vintage Wildwood memorabilia. For 9 holes, $10 for adults $8 for kids; for 18 holes $15 for adults, $12 for kids; for 27 holes, $18 for adults, $16 for kids

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Mini golf at Flushing Meadows
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Queens

At Flushing Meadows, kids can putt their way through 18 holes complete with streams, waterfalls and pretty landscaping. The mini range is also open and fully lit at nighttime! A round at Flushing usually takes about 30 minutes, and a putter and ball rental are included in the playing price. $10 for adults, $7.50 for children

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