Tampa Bay’s mini-golf offerings appeal to the putter in everyone with challenging courses and exciting features that are fun for the whole family. Expect quality courses and a great game every time with these awesome area mini golf games.
Congo River Golf
20060 U.S 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33764
Prices: $10.99 adults/$9.99 kids 10 and younger/free one child younger than 5 with each paid admission
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Play explorer on the Congo River as you golf your way through craggy cliffs, tropical rain forests and waterfalls at this family fun spot. In addition to a challenging course, Congo River Golf offers a unique gem-mining station where children may pan for gem and stone treasures to take home. Other features include live alligators to feed and an arcade. Golfers may also play the Exploration Game, a scavenger hunt that follows in the footsteps of Henry Stanley and David Livingstone, two famous African Congo adventurers. Collecting the artifacts and returning them to Safari Headquarters nets participants an exploration prize.
Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf
15395 Gulf Blvd.
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
19463 Gulf Blvd.
Indian Shores, FL 33785
Prices: $11.99 adults/$10.99 kids 12 and younger/$1.99 2nd round special before 10 p.m.
Hours: daily – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Christmas Eve – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Christmas Day – 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; New Year’s Eve – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
At both locations in Tampa Bay, a tropical theme weaves throughout the course with whooshing water, caves, waterfalls and mountains greeting golfers at each hole. Feed live alligators off of old-fashioned bamboo fishing poles, or compete with the family on 18 holes of adventure-themed putt-putt golf.
24546 US 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33763
Prices: $718 Holes-Adults/$5Kids (6-10) /Free with a paying adultKids (5 & under) /36 Holes–$10 (all ages)
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
This one-stop-shop offers two 18-hole mini golf courses to give players their choice of an easy game or one to challenge everyone in the family. In addition to the waterfall-laden course, Celebration Station offers go-karts, bumper boats, playland rides and a gaming area with more than 100 choices. Check in at its website for constant deals from spring break specials to text-messaged discounts.
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Monster Mini Golf
6429 U.S. Highway 19
New Port Richey, FL 34653
Prices: $8 Big Monsters 13 and older/$7 Little Monsters 12 and younger
Hours: Tues to Thurs – 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Mon except holidays
This monster-themed, indoor, glow-in-the-dark course, complemented by a wacky DJ, raises this local haunt to an above-average mini-golf must-do. The monster décor and animated props are scary but not terrifying for most children. While the difficulty of the 18-hole course provides enough of a challenge to keep adults entertained, it’s still super accessible to kids. The location also offers birthday parties and corporate events, private event rooms and an arcade game area.
820 S. Kings Ave.
Brandon, FL 33511
Prices: $6.49 adults/$4.99 kids 4 to 10 years old/free kids 4 and younger
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Call during inclement weather
This 18-hole course is located just 15 minutes east of downtown Tampa, via the Crosstown (Lee Roy Selmon) Expressway. Families won’t find any windmills at this tropical-themed course. It’s chock full of cool bank shots, traps and curves with rolling hills and embankments. The course is also lit for nighttime play and offers covered picnic areas for meetings and parties. Other features at the site include practice ranges, a short game area and batting cages.
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