April 20Whether it's a fun family night out or a birthday party the kids will remember for years, miniature golf is always a great outing, especially at the Miami area's premier putt-putt play places.
Palmetto Mini Golf
9300 S.W. 152nd St.
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
Price: $6 to $7 per player for one round
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Palmetto Mini Golf offers a full 18-hole mini golf course winding through caves and waterfalls. It hosts birthday parties and features an on-site restaurant for when the kids start to get hungry. Come here to help out with fundraisers, or watch local and national competitors duke it out on the mini greens. Palmetto Mini Golf accommodates banquets and weddings on its site, and boasts a well-stocked pro shop and full golf course for serious players.
1700 N.W. 1st St.
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Price: 27 points per game/$10 for 30 points/free children 5 and younger
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri – 12 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sat – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Boomers boasts a fun atmosphere filled with windmills, greens and water features. If you feel like sticking around after mini golf, Boomers also offers rides, go karts, bumper boats, bowling, laser tag, batting cages, a climbing rock wall and a large game room to exhaust everyone before bed time. Great for birthday parties, Boomers is the perfect place for big crowds of hard-to-entertain kids.
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Doral Moonlight Golf
4400 NW 87th Ave.
Doral, FL 33178
Price: 30 person group/$30 per person/$400 minimum set-up fee
Hours: Mon to Sun – sunset to 10 p.m.
Doral Moonlight Golf is an afterdark treat for groups of 30 or more. Its four- to five-hole putting course is perfect for pros and non-golfers alike. The Blue Monster course and first fairway are completely lit up with glow sticks and glow in the dark golf balls, but no other lights. This experience also comes with a professional golf course on site, a golf pro shop, and putting and chipping contests.
Xtreme Indoor Karting
5300 Powerline Rd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Price: $6 per game
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Xtreme Indoor Karting's 18-hole indoor miniature golf course promises great golf no matter what the weather brings. Play on its race-themed course for birthdays, corporate and team-building events, school outings, even bar and bat mitvahs. Plan a Grand Prix mini golf party for fun, food and extra game tickets that'll keep the whole group going all day.
All Golf at CB Smith Park
950 N. Flamingo Rd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
Price: $8 for 18 holes/free age 4 and younger
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
All Golf at CB Smith Park includes a 36-hole miniature golf course, giving players the option of a short, 18-hole game or 36-hole romp through the course. The park also features batting cages, a driving range, a golf pro shop, a professional golf course and professional golf training. All Golf takes its love of the sport seriously, but boasts options for everyone at one of the best ranges in state.
Victoria Burns graduated with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami, where she currently teaches. She also writes educational articles and blogs on various psychological and women's issues. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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