Summer may be over, but there are still a few weeks of pleasant weather left to spend outdoors before cold winds start to blow. Why not call some friends and hit the links? We’re talking miniature golf—a game for kids of all ages. And if you haven’t played lately, you may not know how much the game has changed. Forget the windmills and try navigating your way through a 3-D jungle! The following miniature golf courses in Houston are rated highly by both locals and tourists.
This lush, green outdoor course is a favorite for Houston’s families. Putt your way around rolling hills, water features and a mysterious cave. In addition to miniature golf, Mountasia also offers go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages and an arcade where gung-ho gamers can win tickets for prizes. Be kind to the kiddies—you just might be sharing the green with the next young Einstein. Young patrons who present a good report card or proof of perfect attendance are rewarded with extra prize tokens. Way to earn an A+, Mountasia!
Where: 17190 State Highway 249, Houston, TX 77064
Zuma Fun Center
For your putting pleasure in North Houston, visit Zuma Fun Center. The mini golf course is fun forkids, but also challenges experienced players with simulated sand traps. Admission options include day tickets, monthly passes and yearly passes. Families can choose to play miniature golf only, or upgrade their tickets to add unlimited access to the go-kart track, bumper boats, batting cages and game room. Zuma Fun Center also offers free prize tokens to students with good report cards. Enjoy a selection of burgers and fries, pizza or nachos to nosh on after a day of fun.
Where: 180 West Rankin Road, Houston TX 77090
Shankz Black Light Miniature Golf
Two things make Shankz Miniature Golf unique: an indoor 18 hole course and the award-winning black light art along the way. Reviewers of this Houston hot spot consistently give Shankz high scores for its fun, one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Glowing dinosaurs, pirate ships and jungle animals will greet putt-putt players in a colorful array of greens, blues and pinks. You can even play wearing 3-D glasses that seem to make the floor and animals move. The facility hosts large groups for birthday parties or team celebrations, and a snack bar is available in the lobby. Groups can also try out a glowing nerf ball air cannon game called “Ballaster.”
Where: The Woodlands College Park Plaza, 3091 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77384
Don’t miss out on all the fun that Houston’s best miniature golf courses and amusement parks have to offer. Discover a new hobby or an old favorite pastime with reasonable putt-putt prices that won’t leave you “in the hole.”
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