Where to golf small in Central Florida

While some people like to get out and hit the big links, others might prefer to golf small by exploring one of Central Florida’s miniature golf hotspots.

Miniature Golf Day is Sept. 21, and as a tourist destination, the Orlando area has no shortage of courses filled with windmills, obstacles, monsters, gravestones and more.

Here are Central Florida destinations to mini-golf in celebration of this holiday.

Bonanza Golf

Experience the Wild West while visiting this Kissimmee course complete with a large waterfall and 36 holes. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; 7761 W. U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee; 407-396-7536; $9.95 for 18 holes or $13.95 for 36 holes; bonanzagolf.com

Congo River Golf

This safari-themed chain has eight Florida locations, including five in Central Florida. Visitors can experience waterfalls, caves and rainforest environments while visiting any of the locations. Hours vary by location; online advance tickets cost $12.25 per player ages 10 and older or $10.95 each per player ages nine and younger; congoriver.com

Disney’s Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf

Explore two 18-hole miniature golf courses inspired by the movie “Fantasia.” Sand traps, bunkers water hazards and sloping greens make the fairways course an “exciting challenge.” Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; 1205 Epcot Resorts Blvd. in Orlando; 407-939-7529; $14 per adult ages 10 and older, $12 per child ages 3-9; disneyworld.disney.go.com

Gator Golf Adventure Park

Miniature golf suddenly seems more adventurous when putting around a lagoon filled with more than 200 alligators. The park also offers gator wrestling and feeding frenzy shows daily, not to mention gator feeding experiences. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; 6586 International Drive in Orlando 407-363-2001; $11.99 per adult and $9.99 per child; idrivegatorgolf.com

Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf

Escape to Hawaii without actually escaping to Hawaii during a visit to this Orlando course. Play mini-golf in a relaxing tropical setting with swaying palms and waterfalls. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 13529 S. Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando; 407-239-8300; $11.25 per person for one course, add $3.50 per person for a second course; hawaiianrumbleorlando.com

Hollywood Drive-In Golf

Experience one or both courses at Universal CityWalk. With “Invaders From Planet Putt,” go on a sci-fi adventure that ends with a twist or experience the spooky “The Haunting of Ghostly Greens” and its shocking finale. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; 6000 Universal Blvd. in Orlando; 407-802-4848; $16.99 per player ages 10 and older or $14.99 per child ages 3-9, add $13.99 (10+) or $11.99 (ages 3-9) for a second course; hollywooddriveingolf.com

Lost Caverns Adventure Golf

This miniature golf adventure takes players through a “lush tropical locale,” over mountain trails and in search of mysterious caves. Seek out artifacts such as diamonds and golden idols while playing at Lost Caverns. Open 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday-Sunday; 6306 International Drive in Orlando; 407-264-0560; $12 per adult, $10 per child, second course comes at half price; lostcavernsgolf.com

Mighty Jungle Golf Adventure

This African-inspired mini-golf joint features animals — statues of giraffes, zebras, etc. — waterfalls and more. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 7792 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee; 407-390-6453; mightyjunglegolf.com

Orlando Putting Edge

Take your game indoors with this neon, glow-in-the-dark experience. Open 2-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday; 5250 International Drive in Orlando; 407-248-0700; $12.99 per player ages nine and older, $10.99 for a junior ticket; puttingedge.com

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

Set off on a swashbuckling adventure while enjoying courses at two Central Florida locations. Waterfalls and pirates help visitors escape the boredom of everyday life. Hours vary by location; 12545 State Road 535 in Lake Buena Vista and 8501 International Drive in Orlando; prices vary by location; piratescove.net

Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf

Run by the same company as Pirate’s Cove, Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf features pirate-theming with a ship and ends with panoramic views of both courses. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday; 4330 W. Vine St. in Kissimmee; 407-396-4660; $12.50 per adults, $10.50 per child; piratesislandgolf.com

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