Mini golf is the perfect springtime activity, and there are plenty of family-friendly mini golf courses near DC. But spring in the DC area can mean rainy days and unpredictable temps. Still, that doesn't have to ruin your putt-putt plans. Here are six places to play indoor mini golf near DC with kids. These indoor mini golf courses in the District, Maryland, and Northern Virginia will give your family a unique, interactive, and often glow-in-the-dark activity to enjoy when the weather is not so nice.
For more indoor family fun on rainy or colder days this spring and all year long, check out our Guide to Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces for Kids in DC.
Where to Play Indoor Mini Golf Near DC
H Street Country Club's mini golf course features DC landmarks. Photo courtesy of the venue
This massive Mexican restaurant and bar also offers shuffleboard, Skee-Ball, arcade games, yard games like giant Jenga blocks, and—you guessed it—indoor mini golf. The nine-hole mini golf course is themed with DC landmarks, such as the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Saturdays before 3pm is the time for families to visit; otherwise, it's for ages 21 and up only. Kids will love the tacos, nachos, and wings, as well as the triple chocolate chip cookies with ice cream for dessert.
2. Monster Mini Golf — Chantilly and Stafford, VA; Gaithersburg, Columbia, and Towson, MD
At Monster Mini Golf, families can play 18 holes of miniature golf with interactive monsters all under the glow of spooky black lights. Kids love all of the glow-in-the-dark decor, though the recommended age is 5 and up. All of the locations also have additional attractions such as arcades, laser mazes, laser tag, virtual reality, bowling, and more. Check the website for exact offerings at each location.
Scary Strokes is a ghost-, ghouls-, and monster-themed 18-hole indoor mini golf course immersed in black lights and creepy glow-in-the-dark decor. The recommended golfer age is 4 and up, but note that—true to its name—the course can get a little spooky! Scary Strokes also has an arcade, a virtual-reality gaming area, and a concessions area. It's open every day except Monday, except when schools are closed on Mondays.
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Look out for the T. rex! Photo courtesy of Jurassic Golf and Arcade, Facebook
Jurassic Golf deploys the fun special effects of black lights and glow-in-the-dark lights, but instead of monsters, it has dinosaurs! The 18-hole course includes CGI effects and cool settings like underwater prehistoric creatures, a dinosaur research lab, a stegosaurus feeding ground, and—last but not least—a Tyrannosaurus rex. There's also a small arcade with 20 games and the opportunity to win prizes. Jurassic Golf is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
In addition to its signature laser tag, laser maze, and arcade, ShadowLand has the Dark Tower, an interactive black-light glow golf course. The mini golf course has cool features like ancient castle passageways, dragons, wizards, and bubbling cauldrons. If your child likes knights, this is the indoor mini golf course for you! There are other ShadowLand locations in Gaithersburg and Columbia, Maryland, but they do not offer indoor mini golf. ShadowLand is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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Kids will light up when they see Players Fun Zone's mini golf course. Photo courtesy of Players Fun Zone, Facebook
At Players Fun Zone's unique 18-hole indoor glow golf course, golfers begin their journey in Ancient Egypt, continue through a glowing underwater seascape, trek through the jungle, and then travel back in time to the land of the dinosaurs (watch out for the Triceratops)! When they're finished golfing, families can enjoy laser tag, bumper cars, virtual-reality games, inflatables, batting cages, an arcade, and a snack bar. Players Fun Zone is open daily; check the website for hours.
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