150 Bridge St., Route 109
Dedham, MA 02026
Play an 18-hole miniature golf game at McGolf on its beautifully landscaped greens. Enjoy the scenery of waterfalls and flowering gardens as you and your family putt your way through a variety of challenging holes. Take advantage of the practice putting green or visit the koi feeding pond. Playing mini-golf can stimulate the appetite. Head over to McGolf Cafe and Creamery for a lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches or french fries, and end with a delicious treat of hard or soft-serve ice cream, frozen yogurt or a slush. Grab a pick-me-up coffee, soda or frappe as you relax with your family after a hard day of putting.
Route 1 Miniature Golf & Batting Cages
Saugus, MA 01906
Swing a club at the family-owned Route 1 Miniature Golf and Batting Cages, more popularly known as The Orange Dinosaur, due to the giant orange dinosaur mascot. Play a round of 18 holes with your family as you make your way around the classic-style mini-golf course. Practice not only your golf swing but your batting swing as well at one of Boston’s best batting cages. Grab a snack at the Dairy Castle, which offers 26 flavors of ice cream that include mocha chip, black raspberry and Oreo cookie. Or have a frozen yogurt, Italian slush, soft serve ice cream, sundae or frappe. Top off your family fun-filled day with some time at the arcade.
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655 Farm Road
Marlboro, MA 01752
Trombetta’s Farm offers something different than most mini-golf courses: it’s inside. The weather doesn’t matter here if you want to play a round of miniature golf. Located inside a greenhouse, Trombetta’s Farm has a full 18-hole mini-golf course, complete with traditional holes such as the windmill and beautiful landscaped scenery. Not only will your family enjoy the peacefulness of the course, but you can take home a plant from a local grower. Delight in the farm’s homemade ice cream, with ingredients fresh from local purveyors. Aside from regular ice cream, Trombetta’s Farm also offers low-fat ice cream, frozen yogurt, Italian ice and sorbet.
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Paradise Family Golf
25 Lonergan Road
Middleton, MA 01949
When you step on to the greens at Paradise Family Golf, you will think you have taken a tropical vacation. Decorated with palm trees and water fountains, Paradise Family Golf offers challenging holes such as a tree house hole and river hole. Visit the koi pond to feed the bright, colorful fish. Paradise Family Golf even has a resident parrot. Have an ice cream treat, hard or soft, or a slush after swinging your club through paradise. Munch on pizza, hot dogs or other snacks to refuel your system.
Castle Creek Adventure Land
100 Swampscott Road
Salem, MA 01970
Castle Creek Adventure Land has a castle at the 18-hole mini-golf course, along with water fountains, waterfalls, bridges and a cave. Enjoy the landscaped scenery as you and your family play a round of miniature golf. Give yourself plenty of time to check out all Castle Creek Adventure Land has to offer, such as the go carts and driving range. After putting around, stop and get some ice cream from Richardson’s, featuring more than 50 flavors, or grab a bite to eat with foods such as fried dough, chicken fingers, hamburgers, pizza or hot dogs.
Nicole Adams resides on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She is a freelance writer specializing in animal welfare. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.