Miniature golf courses on Long Island might be small. but they deliver large-size fun. On Long Island, our picturesque mini-golf destinations make the trip worthwhile. So stop putter-ing around and get on the green.
Miniature golf is one of those ideal outings the entire family can enjoy. Some Long Island venues are part of larger amusement parks that also offer water slides and other kid-friendly fun such as arcades. Others are situated in county or state parks or beaches. Whatever the location, these courses offer a wonderful day (or night) of fun at minimal cost.
Looking for other active ideas for family fun? Peruse these family-friendly biking and hiking trails.
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 entertainment, be sure to check out our guide to outdoor fun on Long Island.
Mini-Golf Courses in Nassau County
Bayville Adventure Park features a pirate-themed mini-golf course that includes a rope bridge and replica sunken ship.
Bayville Adventure Park — Bayville
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 said to be 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, ice cream shop, and a haunted maze. Expect long lines to play in the summer.
Bethpage Mini Golf — Bethpage
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
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. NOTE: There's a nonresident/non-Leisure Pass holder upcharge.
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After a round of mini-golf at the Crow's Nest, stroll Freeport's beautiful Nautical Mile.
Crow's Nest Mini Golf — Freeport
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
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 offer 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
The facility includes an arcade, target paintball, a batting cage, and a Wiffle Ball cage. It’s on Rockaway Turnpike and ideal for a fun family outing.
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It's mini-golf under black lights at Glowgolf at Roosevelt Field. Photo by the author
Glowgolf — East Garden City
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
This Town of North Hempstead facility features 18 holes with sights that include a tranquil waterfall, 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, but the lights turn off at 9pm.
Jones Beach State Park — Wantagh
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 and a smooth boardwalk and other attractions such as ping pong, bocce, shuffleboard, and playgrounds, and the newest addition, an adventure park.
Spring Rock Golf Center — New Hyde Park
Choose between two 18-hole golf courses, the Romeo or the Juliet. Talk to staff about ice cream, goodie bags, and other birthday party add-ons.
Wantagh Park — Wantagh
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 are 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.
Mini-Golf Courses in Suffolk County
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.
Country Fair Park — Medford
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 most famous holes. There is also a driving range on premises.
Monster Mini Golf — Deer Park
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: It is not recommended for young kids frightened by the theme and occasional scary noises.
Sayville Falls Miniature Golf — Sayville
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.
Station Sports — Huntington Station
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.
Tiki Action Park — Centereach
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.
Mini-Golf Courses on the East End
Children's Museum of the East End — Bridgehampton
Hit the kid-sized links at the museum, where families can enjoy a nine-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 multitier pirate ship for a seaworthy adventure. DEAL ALERT: Two-for-one golf on Wednesday afternoons.
Long Island Sports Park — Calverton
Play traditional mini-golf or golf … with the throw of a disc at this uber active sports center.
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Puff & Putt on the pond in Montauk offers mini-golf and plenty more. Photo by joemedved via Instagram
Puff & Putt — Montauk
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 a player 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 on site.
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Ace the schoolhouse hole at Tick Tock mini-golf 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.
As you might expect, there's plenty of water to navigate at The Whale's Tale mini-golf course.
The Whale's Tale —Shelter Island
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.
This article was originally published in August 2012.