If you're visiting the Twin Cities during winter and are looking for an activity away from the harsh rain, snow and ice, consider a game of indoor mini-golf.
Although most courses in the area are outside, there are many indoor mini-golf options where kids and adults can have fun year-round regardless of the weather. Escape cabin fever and head out to some of these indoor mini-golf courses in Minneapolis–St. Paul.
Fair warning: Indoor mini-golf is often part of a larger complex with many other attractions and ways to spend money. Be prepared to resist your kids' pestering if you only want to play mini-golf.
Moose Mountain, inside Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America, has 18 holes designed to appeal to all ages. The mini-course has a Minnesota north woods theme that, naturally, includes a life-size model of a moose. It also includes a multitude of cartoon animals and vehicles. The location is fully accessible for wheelchairs.
Admission for mini-golf is separate from Nickelodeon Universe pricing.
In addition to the medieval-themed, 18-hole mini-golf course at Grand Slam in Coon Rapids, indoor amusements include an inflatable play area, laser tag, video game arcade, bumper cars, batting cages and a snack bar with pizza and pop.
In other words, your kids won't want to just play mini-golf. The center hosts birthday parties and events, too.
Burnsville's Grand Slam has a pirate-themed, 18-hole indoor mini-golf course and also includes a trampoline room, laser tag, video game arcade, bumper cars and batting cages.
Golf games can be priced individually or packaged with other activities. A snack bar sells pizza, pretzels, pop and ice cream. Your kids may not want to leave, but at least they should burn off a lot of energy here.
AirMaxx Trampoline Park, Eden Praire
This family fun center includes a nine-hole indoor mini-golf course that's black-lit and features an Egyptian theme. After golf, you can check out laser tag, arcade games, mini-bowling, and trampolines. This is an excellent indoor playground during the cold winter.
If you're looking for a unique course, visit the whimsical Can Can Wonderland. Play in this arts-immersive environment that features an indoor 18-hole mini-golf course designed by artists and surrounded by flora and fauna.
Two stages feature performing artists, plus adults can hang out in the bar with some cocktails or beer.
Inside Edge is a year-round driving range that primarily caters to adult golfers. Lessons and instruction are available on site. The location offers three different styles of simulators, food and beverages, Wi-Fi, and individually controlled HDTVs. The simulated experience even has over 70 courses from around the globe, like Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Pebble Beach, that are rendered in 3D graphics.
Children under 12 years old are welcome but must have an adult present during play.