Miniature golf is one of those ideal outings the entire family can enjoy. On Long Island, our picturesque mini-golf destinations alone make the trip worthwhile.
Some miniature golf venues on the Island are part of larger amusement parks, which offer water slides and other kid-friendly fun. Others are situated in county or state parks. Whatever the location, these courses offer a wonderful day (or night) of fun at minimal cost.
If your family is ready to graduate to more advanced greens time, check out these par-3 golf courses on Long Island, where kids can learn the game. For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Spring Guide.
Bayville Adventure Park offers a pirate-themed course that includes a replica sunken ship.
Bayville Adventure Park — Bayville
8 Bayville Avenue
Here, mini-golf is a treasure hunt on a pirate-infested isle. Each hole has a different pirate scene, and many of the pirates talk, moan, or sing. There is a full-scale replica sunken ship with a pirate crew, and a dark cave with a skeletal pirate. There's also a cave beneath a waterfall, where unhappy souls are imprisoned and tortured. The course is located in a small beachside adventure park that also has a rope bridge climbing course, a small bumper boat pond, an arcade, an ice cream shop, and a haunted maze. Expect long lines to play in the summer.
Bethpage Mini Golf — Bethpage
130 Hicksville Road
This beautiful 18-hole course can be enjoyed day or night. Baseball fans might want to hit up the batting cages also.
Cantiague Park — Hicksville
480 West John Street
This course, in one of Nassau County's favorite parks, features some fun holes, including a challenging 5-foot putt into a coral reef. There are also tennis, handball, and basketball courts, in addition to athletic fields suitable for soccer, football, lacrosse, or rugby.
Crow's Nest Mini Golf — Freeport
741 S. Ocean Avenue
This is another 18-hole course in a fun, pirate-themed setting. The venue is part of Freeport's famed Nautical Mile. After golf, stroll the esplanade and visit the scenic pier for great views.
Eisenhower Park — East Meadow
Merrick and Stewart Avenues
There are two mini-golf courses in Nassau's largest county park. The "Mountainside" course climbs up to the top of a waterfall and is the most challenging. The "Overlook" course is also lovely. Neither offers any real tricks or unusual obstacles, but both are pretty and moderately challenging. There are two gazebos, plenty of picnic tables, a driving range, three 18-hole golf courses, and a playground nearby.
Five Towns Mini Golf — Lawrence
570 Rockaway Turnpike
The facility includes an arcade, target paintball, a batting cage, and a Wiffle Ball cage. It’s on Rockaway Turnpike, not exactly a scenic destination, but it's a fun family outing.
Play under black lights indoors at Glowgolf. Photo by the author.
Glowgolf — East Garden City
Roosevelt Field mall, 630 Old Country Road
At Roosevelt Field mall, you can take a break from shopping and visit Glowgolf, a glow-in-the-dark miniature golf facility. Located on the concourse level near the kids play area, you can grab a club and ball and embark on a glowing adventure through 27 holes. Set amid twisting hallways and rooms, Glowgolf is played completely under black lights. Each hole offers a unique experience, with windmills, motorized components, inclines, blocks, and even a gravity-defying loop-the-loop.
Harbor Links Miniature Golf Course — Port Washington
1 Fairway Drive
This Town of North Hempstead facility features 18 holes with sights that include a tranquil waterfall, a huge water mill, and many varieties of plants and flowers. All of this turns the miniature golfing experience into a serene getaway. The golf course also offers night lighting, which in peak season allows for play until at least 9 p.m.
Jones Beach State Park — Wantagh
1 Ocean Parkway
Holes on this course are all named after state parks. It is a small, old-fashioned course with no dramatic themes, but it has some lovely views of the ocean.
Skydrive Golf Center — Farmingdale
1024 Broadhollow Road
This year-round golfing center offers 72 heated and lit driving-range stations, junior clinics, and 18 holes of mini-golf enjoyment in a jungle theme.
Wantagh Park — Wantagh
1 King Road
Located at the north end of this outdoor oasis, Wantagh Park boasts an 18-hole mini-golf course. Opened in fall 2016, a nautical theme runs throughout the seaside layout. Nassau County Leisure Pass holders play for a discounted rate. Also on premises is a fitness trail, sports fields, a boating ramp and fishing pier, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, a dog run, and large swimming complex with a spray park and two water slides.
Boomers Long Island — Medford
655 Long Island Avenue
The crazy windmills and water features on this course are particular favorites. Boomers is another complete adventure park with go karts, bumper boats, rides, and an arcade.
Experience science in action at the mini-golf course at the Children's Museum of the East End.
Children's Museum of the East End — Bridgehampton
376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
Hit the kid-sized links at the museum, where families can enjoy a 9-hole science-themed course. There's even a hole where you design your own challenge. Roam the lush outdoor grounds, visit the community garden, or play on the swing set. Head indoors for a hands-on experience that promotes imaginary play, learning, reading, building, and more. Kids can climb the multi-tier pirate ship for a seaworthy adventure.
Country Fair Park — Medford
3351 Route 112
Tiny houses, bridges, and waterways make this two-course facility visually charming. There is not much variety in the landscaping around each hole. The park also has ubiquitous go karts, laser tag, and a batting cage.
Heartland Golf Park — Edgewood
1 Executive Drive
This miniature golf mountain boasts a complete 18-hole course with challenging holes for all ages. The facility also features a par-3 course replicating many of golf's famous holes. There is also a driving range on premises.
Sayville Falls Miniature Golf — Sayville
30 Hanson Place
This 18-hole course features a hole played through a double-sided waterfall, and multiple holes that are surrounded by water, as well as an aquatic life viewing platform.
Monster Mini Golf — Deer Park
410-C Commack Road
Monster Mini Golf is just what it says—a gigantic, indoor mini-golf course filled to the brim with fluorescent monsters, aliens, and clowns. There are also a few animated props. On rainy summer days, expect a bit of a wait in the arcade section. But at least the claw machines here are the play-till-you-win variety. Note: Not recommended for young kids frightened by the theme and occasional scary noises.
Puff & Putt on the pond in Montauk offers mini-golf and more. Photo by joemedved via Instagram.
Puff & Putt — Montauk
659 Montauk Highway
This course is on the waterfront of Fort Pond, a 300-acre freshwater pond in Montauk Village. The course features fiberglass creatures, ranging from pirates to roaring lions, that one must putt past, and a variety of fun and tricky challenges. Rentals of kayaks, sailboats, and paddle boats are available for exploring the lake or lessons. There is also a small arcade onsite.
Station Sports — Huntington Station
25 Depot Road
This location has water features and a course that is challenging and fun. It also offers batting cages, target paintball, Wiffle Ball and a snack shack.
As you might expect, there's plenty of water to navigate at The Whale's Tale.
The Whale's Tale —Shelter Island
3 Ram Island Road
The Whale’s Tale offers a moderately tricky course that winds around three small water features, over little wooden bridges, and past fiberglass figures of mermaids, turtles, and a water-spouting whale. Inside, there is a Hershey’s ice cream parlor and small arcade. There is a patio out front with small quarter-driven, ride-on vehicles and shaded picnic tables.
Ace the schoolhouse hole at Tick Tock in Greenport. Photo by the author.
Tick Tock Miniature Golf — Greenport
This course has been a North Fork favorite for more than 50 years. It is flat, small, and charming, and there are no elaborate waterfalls or caves. Each hole features a tiny building to putt through. A favorite is putting the ball through the little schoolhouse, but there is also a lighthouse, church, and a candy cane house. After golf, relax with some frozen custard or a hamburger and fries from the retro snack stand.
Tiki Action Park — Centereach
1878 Middle Country Road
Tiki Action Park features a tropical Hawaiian theme with waterfalls, caves, and meandering streams. That said, it is not heavy on fantasy elements. The park also has go karts, a challenging laser maze, and an indoor arcade.
This article was originally published in August 2012. It was updated in May 2017.
Top photo: The Children's Museum of the East End boasts a nine-hole, science-themed course. Unless noted, photos are courtesy of the venues.