Unplug the family and get together for a little quality time on the greens … even if it’s plastic grass. Send a text to everyone in the house, have them meet you at the car and go have the kind of fun families used to have with a game or two of miniature golf. Challenge the kids to a little real-life hand-eye coordination, incite friendly rivalry and enjoy the fresh air and face time with the family.
Farmington Miniature Golf and Ice Cream Parlor
1048 Farmington Ave. (Rt 4)
Farmington, CT 06032
Price: $6 before 6 p.m./$8 after 6 p.m./$3 repeat game weekdays before 6 p.m.
Hours: seasonally daily – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
If you are looking for a traditional miniature golf experience, a round or two in this well-manicured setting is just what you need. This is the way to show your children the kind of fun that was had long before computers and video games. If you work up an appetite reliving your childhood memories, stop in the Ice Cream Parlor for a hot dog or a plate of nachos followed by a frozen treat. Childrens’ birthday party and group packages are available with their own area. Annual events include an Easter egg hunt in the spring, a tournament and haunted miniature golf in the fall.
Canton Indoor Golf Center
220 Albany Turnpike
Canton, CT 06019
Price: $7.95 for age 12 and older/$5.95 seniors older than 65 and children younger than 12
Hours: Thurs – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri – 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Mon to Wed – closed; special hours school vacations and holidays
For those who buck tradition and dare to be different, Canton Indoor Golf Center offers the Glow Cove. Not your average world of windmills and tidily trimmed shrubs, the Glow Cove is an indoor, climate-controlled facility. It features 18 holes of miniature golf adorned with all of the glow-in-the-dark, black-light effects and pirate-inspired flair you can imagine. Afterward, visit the arcade or enjoy a slice of pizza. Finish off the day with ice cream for everyone. Childrens’ parties may be booked in one of three available rooms for up to 24 people.
349 Main Street
Somers, CT 06071
Price: $7.50 adults/$5 children younger than 10/$5 seniors/free children 4 and younger
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sonny’s Place offers a challenging and fun 18-hole miniature golf experience surrounded by time-honored adornments such as a cascading waterfall, roaring river, fountains and ponds. Plenty of outdoor lighting enables players to golf well into the night. The on-premises restaurant offers diners a choice of indoor or outdoor seating with delicious grilled options including veggie burgers for the non-meat eater in your crowd and, of course, ice cream for everybody. Sonny’s Place is a family destination offering other attractions including batting cages, rock climbing and go karts. Sonny’s accommodates birthday parties and other family and corporate functions as well.
Berlin Batting Cages
1801 Berlin Turnpike
Berlin, CT 06037
(860) 828 7518
Price: $5.50 per course
Whether you are a beginner or consider yourself a pro, Berlin Batting Cages Putter’s Paradise offers options to fit your skill. Take it easy and enjoy the fun course with its windmill, a wishing well and buckwheels. If you are feeling up to a little more excitement, try the challenge course with breaks in the green and rock traps. Whichever path you choose, it is sure to be a fun outing for the whole family. Reserve the party area for a minimum of six people and share the good times with your friends. Additional activities include batting cages, bumper boats and go karts.
Cove Mini Golf
Norwalk Cove Marina, Inc
48 Calf Pasture Beach Rd.
East Norwalk, CT 06855
Price: $5 per round
Hours: June through September (weather permitting) daily – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cove Mini Golf offers all the challenges of the game with views of Calf Pasture Beach and Long Island Sound. Maneuver past sand traps, obstacles and extreme contours while enjoying the sights and sounds of the sea. Nautical touches throughout the course complete the shorefront experience and add to the atmosphere. Scheduled tournaments and a seasonal leader board will keep you bringing the family back for more. Birthday parties and other events are welcome with party-planning assistance on hand.
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