In Daytona Beach, one of the most popular family activities (besides going to the beach!) is hitting up one of the area’s many miniature golf courses. Putt-putt is a wonderful option for vacationers because it’s an enjoyable outing for all ages — whether it’s a nostalgic date night, a young kid’s first time holding a club or a big group’s team-building activity, there’s something for everyone to love.
Did you know that the oldest known mini-golf course in the world is the Ladies’ Putting Club of St. Andrews in Scotland? Of course, the legendary St. Andrews Golf Course is known around the world, and the putting club is right nearby! Originally, mini golf didn’t involve all the fun themes or customized barriers that it does now (think windmills!); instead, the earliest courses featured pipes, barrels, rain gutters and old tires as obstacles. Now, courses offer endless themes and exciting challenges.
Whether you are looking for an outdoor family adventure or a fun way to top off a special date, miniature golf is a great way to get outside and enjoy a little friendly competition. Get into the swing of things at any of these four mini-golf courses in the Daytona Beach area:
Congo River Adventure Golf
WHERE: 2100 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; until midnight Friday and Saturday nights
COST: Adults: $16.49, Kids age 9 and under: $14.49, One child age 4 and under: FREE
At Congo River Adventure Golf, you may think you’ve departed Daytona Beach for an African jungle safari! In addition to 18 holes of award-winning miniature golf, you can also explore the arcade game room, dig for “fossils,” feed live alligators and more — all located about two miles south of the Daytona Beach Pier. Plus, save up to 18% when you book your visit online.
WHERE: 601 Earl Street, Daytona Beach
HOURS: Vary; be sure to check the schedule online
Enjoy 18 holes of laid-back family fun at Daytona Lagoon, a mini golf tropical oasis where the ocean breezes work in your favor. And if you need to cool down after your round of mini golf, splash around the water park side of the complex. At the area’s premier water park, your family can choose from an array of speed racer rides and lazy rivers. While you’re there, check out the entertainment center’s Go Kart rides, laser tag, or sky-high ropes and obstacle course.
Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf
WHERE: 3420 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores
HOURS: Daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
COST: Adults: $14.50, Kids age 5-12: $10, Kids age 4 and under: FREE
Head to Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf for a round of mini-golf amongst scenic streams and waterfalls. Follow Captain Kidd and Blackbeard through 18 holes of pirate fun! And, a special treasure awaits those who are skilled — or lucky —enough to achieve the coveted hole-in-one. And if you aren’t so fortunate, at least you can soak in views of the Atlantic Ocean from the top of the course’s mountain. Plus, you can buy extra rounds for just $5 each, or upgrade to all-day play for only an additional $7.
Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
WHERE: 226 Cardinal Dr., Ormond Beach, Fl
HOURS: Daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
COST: Adults: $15.50, Kids age 5-12: $11, Kids age 4 and under: FREE
Like its sister-owned property in Daytona Beach Shores, this Ormond Beach venue offers tons of family fun in a memorable atmosphere. Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf offers two challenging 18-hole courses, all in a fun setting filled with the historic lore of swashbucklers like Captain Kidd and Blackbeard. Not only will your putt-putt crew be challenged as you putt through caves, over streams and behind waterfalls, but you’ll also simultaneously learn about pirates and their history. While there’s no buried treasure for the lowest score, this mini-golf course is sure to create fun family memories you’ll treasure forever.
So, whether you need a beach break, an after-dinner activity or a just a fun outing the whole family can enjoy, opt for a round of putt-putt! From claiming mini-golf glory to paddling off the beaten path or soaking in the sun on 23 miles of beaches, Daytona Beach is full of endless adventures for all ages. Start planning your trip today!