Best mini-golf in every state

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August 23, 2021
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Best mini-golf in every state

Mini-golf was born in 1867 in St. Andrews, Scotland when The Ladies’ Putting Club of St. Andrews was founded. The members-only putting green, which was built for the enjoyment of the club, was constructed with the convention that it was “improper for a lady to take the club back past their shoulder.” It proved so popular that similar putting courses began popping up around the country and around the world.

Today, it’s culturally acceptable for a woman to swing a golf club as high and wide as she likes, but mini-golf hasn’t lost any of its popularity. In fact, its popularity has only grown, particularly as a date night or family activity. Front Office Sports reports that more than 130 million people pick up a mini putter every year, making it a $1 billion industry in this country alone.

In honor of the game’s enduring pervasiveness, Stacker compiled a list of the best mini-golf courses in every state. To do so, we analyzed ratings and reviewed data from Tripadvisor in order to determine the best mini-golf in every state and Washington D.C. Alaska is excluded from the list because there are no mini-golf courses in the state on Tripadvisor. Both the destination’s score out of five and the number of reviews the destination had were used to pick the best destination.

So read on to discover where the best putt putt is in your home state!

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Alabama: Pirate's Island Adventure Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 344

Alabama’s favorite mini-golf park is beloved for its cleanliness, impeccable landscaping, and beautiful Gulf Shores location. Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf has two 18-hole courses—one easy, one hard—which traverse caves, pirate ships, and a pirate village. The area’s warm weather allows for the courses to be open year-round, though hours change seasonally, and all day play is an option for those who aren’t satisfied with just a round or two.

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Arizona: Glow Putt Mini Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 63

If ordinary mini-golf isn’t challenging enough for you, consider playing a round or two in the dark at Glow Putt Mini Golf in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 18-hole course is illuminated with special UV lighting that dramatically enhances the jungle-safari-themed holes. Open year-round, the course offers discounts for active military, fire, and police personnel.

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Arkansas: Big Rock Mini Golf & Fun Park

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 32

Spread out over 7.5 acres, Big Rock Mini Golf & Fun Park offers an entire day’s worth of activities for the whole family. Batting cages, go-karts, bumper boats, a ropes course, and an outdoor maze accompany the mini-golf, which, as far as we’re concerned, is the main attraction. There are two 18-hole courses (one course is entirely wheelchair accessible), and both can be reserved for a little after-hours fun, from 10 p.m. to midnight, for groups looking for an out-of-the-ordinary experience.

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California: Golf Gardens Miniature Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 251

According to Golf Gardens Miniature Golf’s website, the 18-hole “Catalina Island” course is known in mini-golf circles as “one of the world’s most beautiful and challenging.” Located one block from the beach, the garden-like attraction boasts none of the typical tacky or wacky mini-golf paraphernalia (no oversize clowns or pirate ships here) but instead provides a much more sophisticated experience. Its Southern California location allows it to be open year-round, as well.

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Colorado: Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo

- Rating: 5.0/5
- Number of reviews: 20

At Sweety’s Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo there are no living, breathing animals, just a collection of some 270 beasts painted on wood and rocks. In 2019, the Lake City attraction added a 9-hole mini-golf course that is an appropriate skill level for young visitors (it certainly won’t provide much of a challenge for adults). After wrapping up the game, families can paint their own rock pets, which can be “adopted” and taken home to their own gardens or backyards.

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Connecticut: Sonny's Place

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 90

Sonny’s Place, in Somers, Connecticut, gives parents and kids a place to have fun together all day. Their 18-hole miniature golf course is just one of the many attractions available, including an arcade, go-karts, batting cages, laser tag, climbing walls, and more. The theme park itself is open year-round, but some attractions, like this one, may be seasonal, as they’re especially dependent on the weather.

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Delaware: Riverwalk Mini Golf

- Rating: 4.0/5
- Number of reviews: 14

Some mini-golf courses, with their garish colors and cartoonish mascots, are what we’d politely term an eyesore. That’s not the case with Delaware's Riverwalk Mini Golf, which is professionally landscaped to blend in flawlessly with the colors and natural plant life found along the Wilmington River, which it borders. And rather than populate its 18 holes with one-eyed pirates or giant dinosaur statues, the course features a number of iconic Tom Burke birdhouses, all of which are miniature replicas of existing houses and landmarks.

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Florida: Congo River Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 342

At each of its eight locations across Florida, Congo River Golf takes players on an African adventure that features everything from real-life alligators to tropical rainforests and haunted caves. Reviewers praise the friendly and helpful staff, as well as the creative holes, which are heavy on the water features. Rainy weather can often put a damper on the fun, but the park honors rained-out tickets when necessary.

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Georgia: Fun Spot America Atlanta

- Rating: 5.0/5
- Number of reviews: 512

If the idea of stepping foot on the roller coasters and Ferris wheels at Fun Spot America Atlanta makes your stomach drop, a serene stroll through the connected mini-golf course might just be the solution. Priced at just $5 per person per game, this classic course offers something for everyone, and can even be enjoyed by the littlest members of your group.

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Hawaii: Anaina Hou Community Park

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 63

The mini-golf course at Anaina Hou Community Park is surrounded on all sides by a Hawaiian botanical garden populated with some of the most beautiful flora and fauna native to the state. While playing through obstacles like pipes and water, visitors can also learn about Hawaiian history and botany through several informational plaques and signs. The entire course, which is open year-round weather permitting, is ADA-accessible, making it perfect for folks of all abilities.

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Idaho: Outback Golf Park

- Rating: 5.0/5
- Number of reviews: 11

Outback Golf Park in Pocatello, Idaho offers golfers the opportunity to practice their putting on the mini-golf course or their long shot on the driving range. The mini-golf area features several water features as well as manicured holes that require uphill and around-the-corner-type shots. After you finish here, you can head about five minutes down the road to Highland Golf Course, if you find yourself hankering for something a little more challenging.

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Illinois: Pekin Park District

- Rating: 5.0/5
- Number of reviews: 30

“Choice, chance, and challenge” define the game at Illinois’ Magic Dragon Golf in Pekin. A brand-new, state-of-the-art course, Magic Dragon features a handful of truly unique holes, including one located inside a caboose and several that require navigating a stream. Additionally, six of the eight holes are handicap accessible, making it easier for folks of all abilities to partake.

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Indiana: Walther's Golf & Fun

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 49

What are likely to be the only banana trees in all of Indiana can be found at Walther’s Golf & Fun, dotting the 18-hole outdoor mini-golf course alongside dense bamboo forests and other tropical plants. Both the indoor and outdoor courses are tropical paradise-themed and have been voted best in the city of Evansville for eight years running. For just $9.50 a person, families can enjoy unlimited golf year-round.

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Iowa: Ranch Okoboji

- Rating: 4.0/5
- Number of reviews: 34

Serving up some good old-fashioned family fun, Ranch Okoboji has three acres of attractions including a mini-golf course, which remains their most popular feature. Families can purchase $12 all-day passes, which allow for unlimited games (weather permitting). While they’re teeing off, guests can sip on a famous homemade margarita or the “Pork ’N Bloody” cocktail, then wind down after the game with a bit of shopping at the on-site flag store for windsocks and lawn ornaments.

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Kansas: Sports Center

- Rating: 4.0/5
- Number of reviews: 16

Perfect for kids ages 2 to 92, Sports Center, in Topeka, Kansas was the first mini-golf complex in the area. With three 18-hole courses, as well as batting cages, go-karts, and a game room, the venue’s variety continues to set it apart even as competitors continue to pop up around the city.

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Kentucky: Malibu Jack's Louisville

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 121

Like many of the other mini-golf parks on our list, Malibu Jack’s in Louisville isn’t just a putt-putt destination but a full-on amusement park that offers everything from carnival rides to an indoor play area to bumper boats and go-karts. The 18-hole course is fully wheelchair accessible, and, despite looking relatively simple, is difficult enough that even adults will feel challenged. The fact that it's indoors also means that it can be enjoyed by patrons year-round, rain or shine.

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Louisiana: The Ball Park

- Rating: 3.5/5
- Number of reviews: 4

A must-stop in Houma, Louisiana, The Ball Park features an 18-hole championship mini-golf course as well as five batting cages. Both attractions are lit for nighttime play, which makes avoiding the sand traps and dodging the water hazards all the more difficult.

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Maine: Schooner Miniature Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 29

This nautical-themed mini-golf course is just steps from Old Orchard Beach in Southern Maine. One of the largest mini-golf courses in the state, the venue is fairly textbook in its features, which include massive ships, waterfalls, and windmills. After you wrap up your game, you can grab a scoop or two of local ice cream from the adjacent snack shack.

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Maryland: Embers Island Miniature Golf

- Rating: 4.0/5
- Number of reviews: 150

Yet another pirate-themed mini-golf park, Embers Island Miniature Golf has two courses that center around a giant volcano and a pirate ship, respectively. Open till 1 a.m., the venue provides a great option for families and groups of night owls.

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Massachusetts: Pirate's Cove

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 536

Boston Magazine wrote that a visit to Cape Cod’s Pirate’s Cove mini-golf course might be “the next best thing” if a trip to Disneyworld isn’t in the works for your family this year. It may sound like high praise, but considering the incredible amount of detail put into the park’s theme, as well as its overall cleanliness and friendliness, it’s certainly not misplaced. Visit both 18-hole courses from April to October.

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Michigan: Miners Falls Mini Golf

- Rating: 5.0/5
- Number of reviews: 43

An 18-hole championship mini-golf course, Miners Falls serves up rounds of all-ages fun alongside scoops of gourmet ice cream. As is the case with all outdoor activities in Michigan, the course is seasonal, but locals don’t seem to mind the off-season closures, preferring to support a local business rather than several nearby chains.

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Minnesota: Lark Toys

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 189

Located in the backyard of one of the best toy stores in the world, Lark Toys mini-golf is as perfectly constructed as the heirloom toys sold inside. With 18 holes, including a play-through cave and waterfall, the course offers a delightful end to any shopping spree. It’s also family-owned, which, according to reviewers, means the customer service is better and more personal, making you feel more like a wanted guest than a random ticket holder.

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Mississippi: Bananas Mini-Golf & Arcade

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 15

Bananas Mini-Golf makes a beach oasis out of its Mississippi location. The course contains plenty of water features, including several misters, designed to keep you cool through even the hottest Southern summers. Hours are seasonal, and Bananas currently has limited hours; check the website before you go.

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Missouri: Bigfoot Fun Park

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 454

To date, there have been about 150 sightings of Bigfoot in Missouri. He’d blend right in at the Bigfoot Fun Park, where visitors can enjoy the plausibility of the cryptid in a safe environment. While they contemplate whether or not Sasquatch exists in the wild, folks can play a few rounds of Bigfoot-themed mini-golf on this glow-in-the-dark course that has you tracking the monster (via his footprints) for all 18 holes.

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Montana: Golfing To The Sun Mini Golf

- Rating: 5.0/5
- Number of reviews: 4

Nostalgia is the name of the game at Golfing To The Sun, a mini-golf spot steps from Glacier National Park. Over the course of 18 holes, visitors will follow McBilly the Mountain Goat, Glacier Park’s mascot, and their local tour guide, as he leads them through various terrains. Each hole is riddled with trivia pertaining to the national park, which looms in the background and provides spectacular views.

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Nebraska: Boulder Creek Amusement Park

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 5

Reviewers praise Boulder Creek Amusement Park for its well-landscaped mini-golf course, variety of attractions (there are batting cages and a rock wall as well), and its ability to host large groups for all types of celebrations. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, the amusement park is inexpensive and easily accessible, making it a great year-round option for active families.

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Nevada: Topgolf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 879

Located in the MGM Grand, right at the heart of the Las Vegas strip, Topgolf is a sports entertainment complex like no other, which means that its mini-golf is unlike no other too. Rather than playing on a course, visitors hit microchipped balls from their own private bays out onto an enormous netted field. The microchips help keep score in the Angry Birds-themed game, preventing any dispute over who the real winner is.

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New Hampshire: Chuckster’s

- Rating: 5.0/5
- Number of reviews: 18

Chuckster’s claim to fame is that it has the longest mini-golf hole on the planet, stretching an incredible 201 feet. Built over 13 acres of land, the course has none of the inane challenges we usually associate with the game, but relies instead on slopes, hills, dips, and flowing water to make each hole difficult. Aficionados who want to cross a game here off their bucket lists should be mindful of the fact that the course is only open seasonally.

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New Jersey: American Dream

- Rating: 3.5/5
- Number of reviews: 341

American Dream is an East Coast mega mall that rivals Minnesota’s Mall of America or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada. Among its many attractions is an 18-hole blacklight mini-golf course that is outer space- and alien-themed. Open year-round, the venue prides itself on being particularly Instagramable.

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New Mexico: Hinkle Family Fun Center

- Rating: 4.0/5
- Number of reviews: 92

Golfers at Hinkle Family Fun Center have their choice of either the more laid-back Stream Course or the more high-intensity Lake Course. As the names would imply, both of the 18-hole courses feature plenty of water hazards, along with other common challenges like bridges, gazebos, and treehouses. Open year-round, the beautifully landscaped park is regularly voted the best in Albuquerque.

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New York: Pirate's Cove

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 50

There are two Pirate’s Cove mini-golf courses in upstate New York, one in Lake George and one in Queensbury. Both feature obstacles like sunken ships, jailer’s dungeons, waterfalls, and pesky pirates, as well as impeccable landscaping and friendly staff. Golf aficionados should note, however, that due to the rough winters in upstate New York, the courses are only open from the end of April through October (weather permitting).

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North Carolina: The Golfin Dolphin

- Rating: 4.0/5
- Number of reviews: 61

The 18-hole course at The Golfin Dolphin is one of the few mini-golf courses on our list to feature a sand trap, alongside more traditional obstacles like waterfalls, caves, and multi-level shots. Open year-round, weather permitting, the course only costs $10 per person, and an additional $8 gets you 40 balls at the neighboring driving range.

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North Dakota: The Putt District

- Rating: 5.0/5
- Number of reviews: 6

A newer addition to the mini-golf scene, North Dakota’s The Putt District only opened back in 2017. The glow-in-the-dark course features 14 difficult holes, as well as a lounge where patrons can enjoy a cold drink or locally sourced ice cream treat.

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Ohio: Alien Vacation mini-golf Attraction

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 85

A combination sci-fi museum and mini-golf park, Ohio’s Alien Vacation Mini Golf Attraction is truly one of the most unique options on our list. At various points, the course contains fiber optics; interactive, animated features; and black light, 3D murals. The Mars Bar, which offers refreshments and adult beverages, lies in the middle of the 18-hole course, providing a perfect opportunity to break the game up and rest tired feet.

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Oklahoma: Brickopolis

- Rating: 4.0/5
- Number of reviews: 88

In the heart of Oklahoma City lies Brickopolis, a sort-of amusement park that contains everything from mini-golf to precious rock mining to laser tag. The outdoor 18-hole mini-golf course is the venue’s crown jewel—perfectly suited for the teen/tween/family crowd that frequents it. According to several reviewers, the staff regularly gives away free games of laser tag to putt-putt players who hit a hole in one.

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Oregon: Oaks Amusement Park

- Rating: 4.0/5
- Number of reviews: 312

Set in a lush oak grove with views of the Willamette River and West Hills of Portland, Oaks Amusement Park’s mini-golf course has a more nature-centric vibe than many of the others on our list. Open during the summer and fall, the 18-hole course can be rented out for private events or enjoyed any time the park itself is open. After finishing a round or two, patrons can enjoy carnival rides, roller skating, or an arcade if they haven’t yet scratched their competitive itch.

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Pennsylvania: Village Greens Miniature Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 187

Can’t decide between spending an afternoon strolling through a luscious garden or playing a round or two of mini-golf? Head to Village Greens Miniature Golf in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and do a bit of both. Spread out over 13 acres of beautiful countryside, the courses make use of the natural surroundings and improved landscaping for obstacles, eliminating a need for plastic barricades or tacky windmills.

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Rhode Island: Adventureland Family Fun Park

- Rating: 4.0/5
- Number of reviews: 33

Rhode Island’s Adventure Family Fun Park has an array of dry-land attractions, like mini-golf and go-karts, that complement the wet attractions, like water slides and wave pools, of its sister park Water Wizz of Cape Cod. It’s only natural, then, that the mini-golf course is nautical-themed, as it acts as a bridge between the destinations. Enjoy all 18 holes during the summer season for a mere $12, or as a part of one of the all-inclusive packages the park offers.

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South Carolina: Legendary Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 500

Located on Hilton Head Island, Legendary Golf’s two 18-hole putt-putt courses were designed by professional golf course architects, and it shows. The beautifully landscaped attraction is open year-round and is free for members of the military, policemen, and firemen. It’s also spacious enough to host birthday parties, fundraisers, and corporate events, making it the perfect place to take everyone from your 5-year-old to your company’s CEO.

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South Dakota: Putz n Glo Black Light Mini Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 103

Rock through the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s at this indoor mini-golf experience in South Dakota. The course’s 18 decade-themed holes include several standard obstacles (a windmill, for example), but the black light elevates them from boring to thrilling. Those looking to spice the game up can pick up a mischief spinner at the start of their game, which tosses in challenges, like attempting a hole with your eyes closed.

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Tennessee: Hillbilly Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 2,164

Literally located on the side of a mountain, Hillbilly Golf leans hard into its backwoods theme, with holes decorated with everything from moonshine equipment to old, outdated tractors to outhouses. A funicular tram brings visitors up the 300-foot incline to the start of two 18-hole courses, both of which loop around to a second tram that carries players back down to the parking lot after their games are over. The unique mini-golf experience is seasonal, and is closed through the coldest winter months (typically mid-December through March, or whenever snow is finished for the year).

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Texas: Peter Pan Mini Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 99

First opened in 1948, Peter Pan Mini Golf has been owned and operated by the Dismuke family for all 70+ years of its existence. The two 18-hole courses feature two Austin icons—a giant wooden Peter Pan and T. rex— as well as plenty of split-level and water obstacles. Texas’ warm weather allows the course to be open year-round, though hours of operation vary by season and day, so be sure to check with the front office before deciding on a tee time.

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Utah: Laser Mania Family Fun Center

- Rating: 4.0/5
- Number of reviews: 33

The blacklight mini-golf course at Laser Mania Family Fun Center in Utah includes 13 uniquely themed holes, ranging from “Puzzled” to the “Seven Wonders of the World.” Each hole in the 3,500-square foot indoor course is enclosed by 10-foot walls, allowing for a more private experience than many of the other options on our list. The artwork for each hole was done by local artists and can be enjoyed year-round for just $6.50 a round.

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Vermont: Champ's Trading Post Extreme Mini Golf

 - Rating: 5.0/5
- Number of reviews: 4

Open from Memorial Day through the end of September, Champ’s Training Post Extreme Mini Golf provides an exciting, outdoor, 9-hole experience for players of all ages. Beautiful landscaping and complex rock formations define the course, which transforms into a Christmas tree lot during the colder months. After finishing the game, visitors can browse through a handful of local Vermont delicacies, including maple syrup and honey, in the neighboring gift shop.

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Virginia: Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 385

The Williamsburg, Virginia location of Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf is widely considered to be the best Pirate’s Cove in the country. Two 18-hole courses provide ample space for multiple groups to play at once, and the particularly devoted have the option to play both courses on the same day for a discounted price. As the name would suggest, the course is full of pirate-themed obstacles like sunken ships, buried treasure, and renegade cannons.

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Washington: Kent Valley Ice Centre

- Rating: 3.0/5
- Number of reviews: 4

Attached to the Kent Valley Ice Centre, this mini-golf course is one of the most family-friendly in all of Washington state. A number of water hazards, jumps, and a 10-foot waterfall keep things interesting for adults, without making it too difficult for younger players. The course is open year-round, though the colder, rainier weather of the fall and winter may dampen enthusiasm for playing during a good portion of the year.

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Washington D.C.: Swingers - Dupont Circle

- Rating: 5.0/5
- Number of reviews: 5

An adults-only course imported from London, Swingers is a 20,000-square foot, two-story, indoor mini-golf course that combines craft cocktails with classic obstacles. Two 9-hole layouts exist side-by-side in the 1920’s English country golf club-themed space, each with a prize wheel at the final hole that affords visitors the opportunity to win everything from free shots to snacks from the attached food hall. A round costs between $19-$24, excluding drinks, which makes it one of the more expensive courses on our list, but still well worth a visit for the 21+ crowd.

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West Virginia: Mountain State Miniature Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 51

Playing through all 18 holes at Mountain State Miniature Golf, visitors will not only hone their golf skills but will also learn quite a bit about the state of West Virginia. The themed attraction, which has also been voted one of USA Today’s “30 Most Interesting Courses in America,” takes you over a replica of the New River Gorge Bridge, past an outhouse, and through the twisty, turny 5 West Virginia Turnpike. The course is open daily throughout the summer months but is closed during the cooler part of the year.

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Wisconsin: Red Putter Mini Golf

- Rating: 4.5/5
- Number of reviews: 111

Locally owned and operated, Red Putter Mini Golf has been welcoming players since 1993. The 18-hole course is open from May to October, with special events—like the Frostbite Open on Jan.1 and the Red Putter Pro Tournament in August—scattered throughout the year. Though it only costs $5 per person on an average day, there is a free weekend in May for those looking for even more affordable family fun.

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Wyoming: Cody City Park Miniature Golf Course

- Rating: 5.0/5
- Number of reviews: 3

Over 20,000 players visit Cody City Park’s miniature golf course each summer. For just $5 a person, visitors can enjoy the attraction’s 18 holes, which are based on landmarks in and around the Wyoming town. The course is open daily from June to August, with limited hours in May and September—cold and snowy winter months prevent it from being opened year-round.

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