The Best Places to Play Mini Golf near Boston
Practice your putt-putt skills at these 18 hole courses.
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There are many things that perfectly capture the spirit of summer vacation: a warm breeze on the beach, a dripping ice cream cone, and the smell of sunscreen. But there’s another way to truly encapsulate the carefree, child-like joy of those magical summer months—and that’s mini golf.
Only on a mini golf course can you feel the exhilaration of competition and the nostalgia of youth, all while roasting in the summer heat. It’s the ideal combination. From New England landmarks to Fenway Park-themed holes, lush waterfalls, complimentary ice cream, and more, these courses near Boston are the best places to practice your putt-putt skills. We guarantee that there’s no 18-hole spot you won’t want to try. Are we missing your favorite spot? Let us know!
Castle Creek Adventure Land
Castle Creek’s 18-hole course centers around just that—a fairytale-like castle (plus multiple waterfalls, fountains, and more). But the adventure doesn’t stop there. After putting through the course’s caves and bridges, take a ride on the go-carts, practice at the driving range, or try one of the concession stand’s nearly 50 flavors of ice cream, sundaes, and shakes. Want to try a little bit of everything? For $23, Castle Creek offers one go-cart ride, one round of mini golf, and a free ice cream any day of the week.
9 a.m.-10 p.m. every day, $12 for adults and $10 for children, 100-114 Swampscott Road, Salem, castlecreekadventureland.com.
Lush, green, and located right next to Richardson’s Ice Cream, Golf Country doesn’t need to boast about anything else. But it absolutely can. Two full courses, challenging holes, water features, and large flower beds make it a picturesque (and casually competitive) way to spend an afternoon. If you need a break from putting, head to the driving range or batting cages between rounds. When you’re done, walk over to Richardson’s farm to visit the cows, sheep, and chickens (and, of course, enjoy some ice cream).
7 a.m.-10 p.m. every day, $9 for adults, $7 for kids 11 and under, $5 for kids 5 and under, 160 South Main St., Middleton, golfcountry.org.
Miniature Golf on the Village Green
The colonial era-themed Miniature Golf on the Village green includes patriotic replicas and small-scale versions of Boston’s best landmarks. Calling it an entirely “educational” activity might be a stretch. But if it’s an excuse to spend an entire afternoon enjoying one of your favorite childhood activities, you can use it. Take the cobblestone paths from one hole to the next, passing by the Liberty Bell, the State House, the Old North Church, and a statue of Paul Revere. Make sure to bring your A-game on the “bonus holes,” where you can subtract two strokes from your score if you get a hole-in-one.
10 a.m.-10 p.m. every day, $8 for adults, $6 for kids 12 and under, 315 Worcester St., Natick, gamesandgolf.com.
Hago’s is the classic miniature golf experience. Opened well over 50 years ago by Boston Bruins forward Leland “Hago” Harrington, the mini golf course has been in operation ever since. (It’s under new ownership now, but the name has preserved his legacy). The Bruins- and Fenway Park-themed holes are well-suited to the course’s athletic roots, and the original fixtures have endured through many decades—including the original ball catcher on the last hole. Try your best to sink a hole-in-one through the windmill, under the lighthouse, or in front of the Green Monster replica.
12 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, $10 for adults, $7 for kids, 160 Main St., Stoneham, 781-438-2024, facebook.com/hagogolf
Kimball’s is known for its ice cream, and specifically its generous servings (a size small would be considered a large elsewhere). But its Westford location is also a hub for summer activities. You can spend an entire day enjoying the batting cages, bumper boats, zipline and arcade—and more importantly, the mini golf courses. Two 18-hole adventure-style courses complete with plenty of waterfalls, a suspension bridge, and a “Forbidden Mine” will put your putt-putt skills to the test. Play a round or two and then fuel up with some ice cream or classic New England specialties from the Grill & Seafood Shack.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. every day, $12.50 for adults and $9.50 for kids 12 and under, 400 Littleton Road (Rt. 110), Westford, kimballfarm.com.
McGolf caters to all levels of golfers, from those wanting to practice their swing at the driving range to anyone who wants to go deep and analyze their form at the Swing Lab. But better than that, it’s perfect for those who want to practice their putting skills at a state-of-the-art mini golf course. With lush landscaping, a Koi feeding pond, and a practice putting green, McGolf has 18 holes that you don’t want to miss. For the most dedicated of players, a Mini Golf Punch Card earns you one free round for every six you play—plus a free bucket of balls at the driving range.
Open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. every day, $10 for adults, $8 for kids 10 and under, 150 Bridge St, Dedham, mcgolfonline.com.
Merrimack Valley Pavilion
Right on the banks of the Shawsheen River, Merrimack Valley Pavilion’s “Tiki Island” mini golf course simulates a tropical island. “Kong,” a life-sized gorilla, sits perched above the challenging 18-hole course complete with a geyser and a cave waterfall. Fittingly abbreviated “MVP,” the Tewksbury spot also has laser tag, a ropes course, an arcade, and a café serving up specialty sundaes made with Richardson’s ice cream. On Mulligan Mondays, if you buy one mini golf round, you get a second one half-price. If all that isn’t enticing enough, MVP also serves beer and wine.
Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 11 am – 10 pm Friday and Saturday; $11 for adults and $8 for kids 5 and under, 2087 Main St., Tewksbury, playatmvp.com.
On a stormy day, most summer activities are impossible—unless your goal is to get soaked and dance in the rain. To solve that problem, Trombetta’s Farm offers an 18-hole mini golf course inside a 450-foot covered greenhouse (perfect for rain or shine). Because Trombetta’s garden center is overflowing with plants and flowers, the indoor mini golf course is full of them, too. Two waterfalls, a small pond, a winding river, and cross-over bridges fill the rest of the greenhouse, making the course an all-weather tropical paradise. Plus, there’s also old-fashioned homemade ice cream. It’s really a no-brainer.
Open 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. every day, 655 Farm Road, Marlborough, trombettasfarm.com.