Big Back Yard Mini-Golf at the Science Museum of Minnesota
120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul 651-221-9444
Opens May 27
Tu-Sa 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Su 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Museum admission + $4.50 for adults; $3 for kids ages 4-12 and seniors (60+); $5 after 5 p.m. (no need to purchase museum admission)
Are you up
to date on the complex dynamics of erosion? How about the mechanics of hydraulics? Yeah, neither were we . . . until we played a round of mini-golf at the Science Museum of Minnesota. This 9-hole course overlooking the Mississippi River is packed with nine informative (and entertaining!) science lessons, and it’s only five bucks after 5 p.m.
Big Stone Mini Golf
7110 County Rd. 110 Ext, Minnetrista 952-472-9292
Opens April 15 (weather permitting)
10 a.m. until sundown daily
$7 for adults; $6 for kids 8 and under
Artist Bruce Stillman’s
quirky, impeccably crafted greens are well worth the drive out to Minnetrista. This 17-acre plot is filled with unique modernist sculptures. Don’t just take our word for it; Stillman’s wacky mini-golf course earned him a nod from The New York Times back in October.
Captain’s Course Miniature Golf
1360 Civic Center Dr., Eagan 651-675-5577
Opens June 7
11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
$2 per person; $4 for unlimited golf (with paid admission to the pool)
After a refreshing
dip in Cascade Bay Water Park, enjoy a casual round of mini-golf at Captain’s Course. This 9-hole course is an affordable, fun idea for a lazy summer afternoon.
Centennial Lakes Park
7499 France Ave. S., Edina 952-833-9580
Opens May 1
Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to sunset daily
$5 per person for 9 holes; $9 a person for 18 holes
Nestled in the southeastern
corner of Edina, this 24-acre park features a small putting course with sand traps, gardens, and ponds. Recommended for kids aged 8 and older, you may want to leave the very little tykes at home for this one.
Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center
11000 Bass Lake Rd., Plymouth 763-694-7695
Opens first weekend of April (weather dependent)
7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
$6 for adults; $5 for kids aged 8-17
In addition to
the standard 18-hole miniature golf course, Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center also offers lessons so your kids can learn to putt like a pro.