Who said miniature golf isn’t rocket science? It certainly wasn’t the minds behind Rocket Park Mini Golf at the New York Hall of Science. Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the educational course offers nine holes designed to illustrate laws of motion and chart the steps of a galactic journey. The mini course explores key science concepts such as propulsion, gravity, escape velocity, launch window, gravitational assist, and more. With two authentic NASA rockets hovering in the background, tee off never felt so much like lift off.
1. Launch Window
Time your launch correctly by getting the ball past the rotating planets.
Get the ball up to the correct escape velocity and trigger a rocket launch.
3. Zero Gravity
Achieve the right speed with the ball to ensure zero gravity and propel the ball around a large loop.
4. Earth’s Orbit
Aim the ball at the correct angle and with enough speed to get it into geosynchronous orbit.
5. Space Docking
Putt into one of four space shuttle-shaped targets on a rotating disk in order to reach an International Space Station model.
6. Space Junk
Navigate the ball safely through a collection of spinning junk.
7. Gravity Whip
Use gravitational assist—in the form of a curving path around the Moon—to curve the trajectory of the ball towards Jupiter.
8. Re-Entry Angle
Putt the ball at a proper re-entry angle in order for it to drop back to Earth.
9. Splash Down
Aim the ball across the putting green and into a skee-ball type mechanism with a model of the Earth as target.
The course is recommended for kids ages 6 and up.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children and seniors, plus general NYSCI admission
Member Pricing: $5 for adults and $4 for children and seniors
Open (weather permitting):
July & August: Monday – Friday , 10 am – 5 pm; Weekends 10 am – 6 pm
September – December: Fridays, 2 – 5 pm; Weekends, 10 am – 6 pm
The New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 718-699-0005