Last weekend we finally had a taste of summer weather, so of course we had to squeeze in an outdoor outing to enjoy it. Ever since my kids had their first experience with mini golf at the indoor mini golf course at Nomads Adventure Quest, they have been asking me when they can play again. Add to the mix my golf-obsessed husband, and I bet you can guess what we ended up doing on Sunday morning 🙂
I’d heard a lot about Safari Golf in Berlin, CT. It’s been on several of those “best of” lists and I believe it was even featured by our old pal Scot Haney on Better Connecticut last summer. In any event, it was time for me to give it the ol’ Out and About Mom treatment 🙂
We figured it would be a busy day at the golf course seeing as it was one of the first nice weekend days of the season, so we aimed to get there as close to opening time as we could. Safari Golf is located on the Berlin Turnpike in Berlin. It was very easy to spot (you’ll understand why after you see all the pictures!) and we were delighted to find a spacious and largely empty–yay!–parking lot.
The entrance was right there off the parking area so we didn’t have to walk very far. I thought I’d note that on our way in we did see a sign prohibiting strollers, a rule that definitely made sense once we started navigating our way around the course.
We paid our admission at the little hut (credit cards are accepted), which is also where you get your golf balls and clubs. Apparently picking out just the right color ball was a very big deal for my children 🙂
Off to the right is the practice green. Seriously, this is the moment my husband has been dreaming about for the last 6 years, 9 months and 24 days: himself and our two children all with golf clubs in their hands. Haha!
After a few minutes on the practice green, the crew was ready to go. And apparently it didn’t bother anyone that I was not with them. I guess after almost 6 years of this blogging thing they figure the best way to get me to stop nosing around and start paying attention is to leave me behind 🙂
Now, I won’t go through hole by hole or anything. I’m pretty sure you know what mini golf is like. But this course has some pretty spectacular scenery!
There were water features and bridges to admire and explore. There was even a hole where you had to hit your ball over a little stream (and yes, both kids had a ball end up in the water and thankfully the rocks caught it and prevented it from heading downstream; something tells me it was designed that way on purpose).
At one point we had to do a little “rock climbing” to get from one hole to another (and now you understand why strollers are not allowed here).
The holes were interesting, but not overly challenging. My big guy actually got a hole in one! It’s a nice mini golf course for kids both because of all the interesting things to look at and the not-too-intense level of play.
We didn’t experience much of a wait at any point, but if there are groups in front of you there are plenty of seating options around.
Just not the animals 🙂
After the game, you can enjoy a sweet treat if you like. They do have some packaged ice cream bars, etc. for sale.
And places to sit while you enjoy them.
The bathrooms are around the back of this little hut. I know it looks like the kind of place you could order food from, but they no longer serve anything here.
After our round, we skipped the ice cream and decided instead to head over to a restaurant we had passed earlier when we accidentally missed the exit we were supposed to take, the Cromwell Diner. Anywhere that serves breakfast all day is going to be a hit with our pancake-loving boys!
This was such a classic OAAM outing– checking out a place that’s been on my list for awhile and finding somewhere completely new (and completely by accident!) to try out as well. It’s really got me excited for more summer outings this season. Bring on the sunshine!
What new places are you hoping to check out this summer? If you need some inspiration, don’t forget to take a look at our 2017 Summer Bucket List for more than 50 amazing summer adventures!
- Hours vary seasonally.
- Closing Hours May Vary. Please call ahead.
- Hours may vary due to inclement weather. Please call (860) 828-9800 for daily open hour update.
Spring Hours (2017)
Open: Monday – Thursday Noon – 7PM
Friday Noon – 9PM
Saturday 11 AM – 9PM
Sundays 11AM – 8PM
Summer Hours (2017)
Late June—Early September 10 AM – 10 PM
ADULTS – $8.00
KIDS (12 & Under) – $7.00
No spectators (everyone on the course must pay admission).
Stroller Friendly: NO
Coffee Mug Friendly: NO
Baby Changing Station: NO
Food for Sale: YES, there are prepackaged ice cream treats for sale.
Outside Food Allowed: NO food or beverages allowed on the mini golf course.
Cash Required: NO; credit cards are accepted.
Dress Code: Nothing special.
Age Recommendations: My little guy is almost 4, and he had a blast. I would say 3 or 4 would be a good minimum age. You definitely don’t want to bring a toddler who is going to make you chase him all over and drag him down off the animals 🙂
Evening/Weekend Hours: YES
Discounts: FREE round on your birthday!
Birthday Party Venue: YES
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