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 rounded up a few of our favorites.
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Brookside Mini Golf - Yonkers
Housed inside Tibbetts Brook Park, the course underwent a major renovation about a year 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 available. 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 hot dogs, pizza and nachos. They’re open every day in the summer, from noon until dusk. Have a birthday coming up? You can also host a party at the course.
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, as well as snacks like pretzels and popcorn.
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.
One of the courses at The Castle can accommodate strollers, making it ideal for families with kids of all ages.
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 12-9pm and weekends in May, early June, September and October. Food, like hot dogs and hamburgers, is available, as are party packages. Bonus: If the kids still have energy to burn, there’s a great playground, too.
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.
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, 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 the spring to the 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.
Photos courtesy of The Castle Fun Center.