Mini golf in NYC
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 so popular, so if you can go early or at odd hours, you're better off and will have more space to play. Open daily; hours vary by season. See Facebook for hours (manhattanyouth.org). $7 per game (14 and up), children 13 and under $5 per game. Cash only. All ages.
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. March–Oct: Mon–Fri 9:30am–5pm, Sat, Sun 10am–6pm; Nov: Mon–Fri 9:30am–4pm, Sat, Sun 10am–4pm weather permitting (718-699-0005, nysci.org). All ages. NYSCI admission + mini golf $22, children $18. Ages 6 and up.
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 (find coupons here). 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). 621 Court St, 2nd Fl, Brooklyn (718-852-4653, shipwreckednyc.com). See calendar for hours. $14, children ages 3–12 $10, under 2 free. All ages.
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. Games open daily from 11:30am–9pm, weather permitting (718-643-2722, brooklyncrab.com). All ages. Free.
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. When you get hungry, indulge in snacks from a Johnson's Popcorn Sweet Treats & Eats truck. 4800 Ocean Ave (609-846-1048, starluxminigolf). Fri 4–10pm, Sat 11am–6pm, Sun 11am–6pm. Opens in April, date TBD. 9–27 holes: $8–$16, children under 12 $6–$14. All ages.
Pumped for a 36-hole game of mini golf? Sure you are—just make sure your kids are committed to playing this beast before you go! The course offers a waterfall, cave, stream, natural landscaping and a scenic location near Randall’s Island’s grown up golf range, batting cages and sand volleyball court. Note that the venue will open for the season early summer 2018. 1 Randall's Island- Golf Center (212-427-5689, randallsislandgolfcenter.com). Mon 9am–9pm, Tues–Fri 8am–11pm, Sat 7am–10pm, Sun 7am–9pm. All ages. $9, children $7 for unlimited play.
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. May–October 8am–12am; End of October–early May 9am–dusk (718-271-8182, golfnyc.com). $9.25, children 12 and under $7.25.