Pixar Putt is now open in NYC’s Battery Park. If you’re a fan of any of the Pixar classics, like Finding Nemo, Up, Inside Out, Cars or Coco, this is the mini-golf course you’ve been waiting for. While on the small size, this course is actually seriously tough, and if you’re interested in playing a more competitive game, there are 18+ nights so the adults can play without kids calling Mulligans every hole.
Located in Battery Park, near Castle Clinton and the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, this pop-up golf course is a bright spot in the NYC landscape. Filled with all the vibrant colors you’d expect from Pixar, and playing music from movies on loop, you’ll feel transported into the Pixar world.
Admittedly, when we arrived we were a little underwhelmed by the small size of the course. It’s not big like some of the larger courses we’re spoiled by in the suburbs. But after scoring a six on the first hole (more like a 15, but thank goodness for a max stroke limit), my teenage daughter and I were pleasantly surprised that not only did this pop-up course have cuteness on its side, but actually offered some challenging and unique holes that we hadn’t seen at other mini-golf courses.
With 18 holes, the course covers all your favorite Pixar movies, including newer releases like Luca and Onward. And because the course is compact, there are staffers on hand who might start you out at hole 10 or 18 and work backwards. We did get to start on hole one, which was Luca, and featured some upward hills, little houses to look like the scenic Italian landscape in the movie. And I might have hit my ball off the course more than once (thank goodness for some employees with quick reflexes). The Incredibles hole has a massive Omnidroid and multiple final holes. The Cars green has a race track in the shape of the 95 to whip your ball around at racing speeds. Make sure to look carefully at each of the holes. The design of the Inside Out one features a subtle outline of Riley’s head and there are carpeted versions of Elastigirl and Dash on the Incredibles hole.
Things get really tricky on the Finding Nemo and Ratatoille themed holes since they aren’t the typical green you’re used to. They are both wood-like planks that make your ball slide around in really tricky ways. And the Coco hole was tricky for us both since you had to navigate your ball over the guitar strings and then over a slippery bridge.
The Toy Story hole featured a giant claw (of course). You start off by putting your ball down a tube as if you were putting coins in a machine. The tricky Soul piano has you put your ball on top of keys, and then hit more keys at just the right time to tip the keys if you want to get a hole in one. We tried this one repeatedly and weren’t even close.
But the coolest hole was for Up. Players take turns hitting their ball into the house. Once your group is fully loaded, an employee starts the crank, which takes the entire house and balls up in the air and over to the waterfall. Once it has docked at the waterfall, all the balls come spilling out onto the green and you can resume play. It was mesmerizing and adorable.
Since golfing will only take about an hour, it might not be worth going to the city only to do this, but it would be great if you are going to bundle it with something else. It’s close to the Statue of Liberty ferry, and the nearby Seaglass carousel is only $5 for a ride. It’s also in walking distance to One World Observatory.
Pixar Putt is at Pier A in Battery Park and is open now through October 31st from 10 am – 8 pm. Tickets are $34.50/adult, $25.50/child under 12 and family four-packs are available for $89.76. Fridays from 7-8:30 pm are 18+ Pixar After Dark (no child tickets available). Advance tickets are recommended since they do sell out, especially on weekends.