Between splash pads, swimming pools and amusement parks, there’s so much to see and do in and around Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley this summer. But we'd be remiss if we didn't include one tried-and-true family favorite to the list: mini-golf!
Whether you’re looking for a fun, traditional putt-putt course or something a little different—glow in the dark, perhaps?—we’ve got you covered. Below, we've rounded up a few of our favorites.
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Brookside Mini Golf has a big course so get ready to putt.
Brookside Mini Golf – Yonkers
Housed inside Tibbetts Brook Park, this course underwent a major renovation a couple of years ago, with new obstacles, new greens, and updated landscaping. The fun, but still challenging, 19-hole course is great for families with kids of all ages, including those as young as 3, who can use the toddler-sized clubs. Sink a hole-in-one on number 19 and there’s a prize coming your way! For food, you’ll find kid-friendly fare like pizza and nachos. It's open every day in the summer, from noon until dusk. Have a birthday coming up? You can also host a party at the course.
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One of the courses at The Castle can accommodate strollers, making it ideal for families with kids of all ages.
The Castle Fun Center – Chester
The sprawling Castle Fun Center is packed with things to do for families, including a roller rink, gokarts, batting cages, an arcade, and two mini-golf courses. The two courses—The Dragon Slayer, which can accommodate strollers(!) and The Knight’s Revenge—are 18 holes each and have fun features like tunnels, a rope bridge, a large dragon, and, if you make it to the top of the castle, a great view. The courses are open from spring to fall, and there’s a snack stand with ice cream and drinks near the courses. Other food options, including a café and family-friendly pub, are in the main building.
DC Sports – Wappingers Falls
The 18-hole mini golf course at DC Sports in Wappingers Falls has lots of interesting features, including waterfalls, bridges, a castle, shipwrecked ships, and even fake animals that spray water at you. The course is open year-round, and, as long as there’s no snow, guests are welcome to play even on cold days. There’s a snack bar inside that sells kid-friendly fare like quesadillas, sliders, pizza, and wraps. Weather not so great? Kids (and adults!) can try their hands at the indoor virtual mini-golf.
Germonds Park – West Nyack
The mini golf course at Germonds Park in Clarkstown is run by the town’s Recreation & Parks department, but you don’t have to be a resident to play. The well-manicured course has lots of greenery and a waterfall and is open from May to September. Plan to make regular visits throughout the season? Snag a coupon book where you get 10 passes for a discounted rate. Just note that the under-9 set has to be with a caregiver or a sibling who’s at least 12.
Homegrown Mini Golf at Kelder’s Farm – Kerhonkson
Consider making a day trip to this 200-year-old farm in Kerhonkson, where the family can pick everything from strawberries and raspberries to broccoli and cucumbers, depending on the season, as well as check out the petting zoo, playground, jumping pillow, and, of course, the mini-golf course. The farm takes its commitment to fresh produce seriously, and that includes on the course, which is actually a "tasting garden." Open from the end of April to the end of October, the course also features old-school farm equipment throughout. While you're there, be sure to snap a picture with Chomsky—a 13’6” garden gnome who used to be the Guinness World Record holder for largest garden gnome.
Overlook Golf & Recreation Center – Poughkeepsie
Looking for an evening activity? Check out the 18-hole course at Overlook Golf & Recreation Center in Poughkeepsie, which has lights on its 18-hole course and stays open until 9pm every day of the week. On the course, you'll find a gazebo, ponds, pretty rock features, and more. If you have little ones in your family you’re in luck: If you’re playing (and paying) too, kids under 5 can try their hand at the game for free.
Playland Park – Rye
There are two things that make this mini-golf course particularly family-friendly: if you’ve got early risers on your hands, the 18-hole course opens about an hour before the park does. It's also one of the most affordable locations on our list. The course, which has a waterfall, windmill, and sand features, is outside the main park, so you don’t have to pay admission. Westchester residents can snag a spectator pass that lets you walk around the park for free; this is also where you can score amusement park favorites like funnel cake and cotton candy.
Saxon Woods Park – White Plains
Enjoy a game of mini-golf at this course located inside Saxon Woods Park in White Plains, right off Mamaroneck Avenue. The traditional course has fun, nature-like features, including fountains and more. Players are welcome every day in the summer from noon–10pm, and weekends in April and October. (Hours vary from May 1 – June 22, and then again from September 10–30, so be sure to check the website.) Food, like hot dogs and hamburgers, is available, as are party packages.
Yorktown Golf & Baseball Center – Mohegan Lake
You’ll find 14 acres of fun at this Center in Mohegan Lake, which includes batting cages and a covered driving range—along with an 18-hole mini-golf course. Open every day in the spring and summer, the course has features like waterfalls, greenery, and more. There are picnic tables and tents on the premises, where you can take a break or check out the food selection, which includes ice cream and snacks.
Yucatan Mini Golf at FunFuzion – New Rochelle
Here’s a fun twist on the traditional mini-golf game: a glow-in-the-dark course! And at FunFuzion at New Roc City, that’s not the only cool part of this 18-hole course—it’s themed after the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, which means you’ll find native plants, animals, jungle sounds, and other great features. Admission prices vary depending on when you visit. Available food includes burgers, hot dogs, and wings.
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Post updated for 2018.