It’s a typical weekend in spring, and you’re wracking your brain for something different to do with the kids that won’t break the bank.  Miniature golf is a fun and inexpensive activity the entire family can enjoy.  It’s even cheaper than an afternoon or evening at the movies.

If you’re not an avid golfer but still have an interest in the sport, then mini golf is the next best thing.  As we all know, miniature golf is the smaller version and is designed for people who don’t want to take it too seriously but want just enough of a challenge to keep the game interesting.  Plus, the kids love it.  There’s something about hitting those shiny colored balls through windmills, crocodile mouths, tunnels, ramps, waterfalls, and elevated greens that gives the game a fantasy-like appeal.

The continued popularity of miniature golf probably has something to do with the fact that anyone, regardless of age or ability, can play and with a little perseverance and luck, maybe even win.

Now that the weather is warm, outdoor mini golf is probably preferred over indoor miniature golf, but both provide a complete fun family experience.  Also, indoor mini golf courses are perfect for those rainy days when you still want to play but the weather isn’t cooperating or if you live in a climate with a limited outdoor activity season.

Places to Play Mini Golf

RedCircleWithNumberCosta’s Family Fun Park
Route 6, Hawley

Costa’s is three miles east of Lake Wallenpaupack and offers many things for the young and young at heart to do all day long.  Some of the fun includes a 1,200 foot go-kart course, water slides, 18-hole miniature golf course and the 19-tee golf driving range, bumper boats, and batting cages complete with an open field, a home run fence, dugouts, and hardball and softball arm-action machines. Costa’s also has a Kiddie Land area where kids can go through tunnels, swim in a sea of balls, climb web ladders, and more. There is also an arcade with numerous video games and a restaurant.  The restaurant features seating inside and outside on the wraparound deck with fantastic views of the park.  For more information, call (570) 226-8585 or visit

RedCircleWithNumberCarousel Water and Fun Park
Route 652, Beach Lake

Spending an afternoon at the Carousel Water and Fun Park is a great way for the entire family to have fun on a summer day.  Carousel has large water slides, bumper boats, go-karts, kiddie kars, a landscaped 18-hole mini golf course, game room, and snack bar.  The game room offers skeeball, basketball, air hockey, skill cranes, and video games.  In addition, there are two waterslides for the adults and older children and a frog slide, Mother Goose slide and wading pool for the younger children.  For more details, call (570) 729-7532 or visit