The new Dinosaur Adventure Golf is beautiful. Most of the dinosaurs look fantastic. The course itself looks a little sparse right now, but that is just because the plants were just put in the ground. After a few years, the course will truly be a gorgeous looking mini-putt course.
I went last year, and never got around to posting any pictures. You can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see the rest of the thumbnails and the larger size pictures in the Dinosaur Adventure Golf in June 2011 gallery.
If you travel into or out of Niagara Falls in the direction of Fort Erie/Buffalo, then you have driven by Niagara Go-Karts. Since it isn’t in the main tourist districts of Falls Avenue, Clifton Hill, or Fallsview Blvd, you may not have considered it, but you should. A week or so ago I went there with my family, and we spent a couple of hours mini-putting and driving the go-karts. It was a lot of fun, and the prices are surprisingly reasonable.
We started off with the mini-putt. It is a “classic” course with solid wood edges so you can bank the shots. Nice! The course looks like it was recently cleaned up, but there is still some work to do with the shrubery. Some of them are overgrown and make it difficult to position yourself to hit the ball. The holes are mostly par 2, with a few par 3. None of us are “pros”, but we do mini-putt quite a bit, and none of us got a hole in one. That shows that it is fun, but not too easy. There are several large animals around the course including giraffes, elephants, a zebra and a gorilla. My three kids insisted on getting their pictures taken with each one. Other than the bushes I mentioned earlier, the only other complain I would have would be about the sound. Since the course is located right beside the highway, and it is part of the go-kart complex, you hear nothing but engines. Obviously there is nothing that can be done about this, as it goes with the territory. There is music playing in the background which tries to drown out the engines, but you can still hear them. I suppose if you go there, you should expect it.
Perhaps one of the most appealing things about the mini-putt is the price. You can purchase an all-day pass on the Niagara Go-Karts web site for only $4 plus tax.
I’ve only been in a go-kart once before (it felt like I was sitting on a lawnmower), so I don’t have much to compare it with. When we were down in Orlando in March, I went around the Kissimmee Go-Karts track once for free. Niagara Go-Karts was definitely better. The karts run better, and I definitely felt safer in the Niagara Go-Karts go-kart than down in Florida. In fact, while were there a man was regularly checking the karts. If it matters to you, Niagara Go-Karts also tries to be hygienic. You have to wear a helmet, and they provide hairnets for you to wear.
There are two different types of go-karts. There is a two seater “family” kart where you can take kids with you. You only pay for one person, as the passenger rides for free. I drove with my 7-year-old son, my wife drove with my 3-year-old daughter, and my sister drove with my 9-year-old son. We all had a blast. The track is 1 KM long, and weaves a lot. This can be a lot of fun as you go fast around the bends. You can go as slow as you want, or go as fast as the karts will go. My sister and I drove as fast as we could, while my wife drive as slow as she could. We joked with her afterwards that the carts might not have ever gone slower! There is obviously a one seater that you can drive as well. I did a couple of laps with my son and then did a few laps on my own in one of the faster one seater karts.
The standard price this summer for laps is 6 laps for $22. However, if you buy online you get 4 more laps free. There is also a package with those 10 laps as well as mini-putt for only $25.
They used to sell hot food in the building where you pay for your tickets, but they don’t any more. They just sell simple snack foods and drinks. There is a small arcade there, as well as washrooms. My wife was pleased that the washrooms were very clean. The customer services was very good. No one was rude, and the young man who got us our putters and tickets was very nice. The only general complaint about the complex is that since it open air, they allow people to smoke on the properly. If I am breathing in the fumes from the karts, maybe I shouldn’t be concerned about second-hand smoke at that point, but I still didn’t like the smell.
Overall, we had a great time. In fact, a few days later we drove past the complex, and my daughter was already asking when we could go again. Also, my sister has already planned another trip. We had a great time!
I took some pictures of both the miniature golf course and the go-kart racetrack. As always, you can see some of the thumbnails below, and you can see all of them along with the larger versions in the Niagara Go-karts in Summer 2011 gallery.
If you haven’t been down Clifton Hill yet to see the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Adventure Golf, you really should make time. They look amazing! I’m pretty sure we’re bringing the kids down today to play one of the courses. They are very excited 🙂
Dinosaur Adventure Golf on Clifton Hill (behind the Niagara SkyWheel) finally opened up this past weekend. It looks like only one of the two 18-hole courses is ready, but the place seems pretty busy. I took a few pictures yesterday of some of the dinosaurs. You see people all the time stopped at various points around the course taking pictures. The dinosaurs look fantastic!
A couple of weeks ago I received the following press release from Ripley’s Entertainment…
Driving to a Ripley’s Attraction is Within a Half Tank of Gas of 53% of the U.S. Population
Company has Diverse Offering of Aquariums, Odditoriums, Miniature Golf, Wax Museums, Fun Zones, Haunted Adventures, Mirror Mazes, Motion-Based Theaters and MORE!
ORLANDO, Fla. (April 25, 2011) – Summer travelers looking for some fun without having to go too far take note: 53% of the U.S. population is within a half tank of gas of one of the 45-plus Ripley family attractions in the United States
Whether it’s oddities at the Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Orlando (Fla.) or Jackson Hole (Wyo.), a 12 foot shark at Ripley’s world-class aquariums in Gatlinburg (Tenn.) and Myrtle Beach (S.C.) or an action-packed movie at the 4D Moving Theater in San Antonio (Texas) or Williamsburg (Va.), there’s a Ripley family attraction for everyone – and you can get to one without having to break the bank or even stopping for gas along the way!
The Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Branson, Mo., is shown above. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg is shown below.
“We’re convenient, fun for the whole family and proud of the value that we offer our guests,” said Jim Pattison Jr., President of Ripley Entertainment. “The geographical diversity of our attractions puts us within an easy drive of more than half of America’s population.”
Domestically, Ripley Entertainment Inc. offers 45-plus attractions in 13 states, as well as in Niagara Falls, Canada. Most of the attractions offer discounts and value added deals for online ticket purchase.
Highlights for Summer 2011 include daily mermaid shows at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach; the Weeki Wachee Mermaids at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Aug. 5-7; new Vampire room and exhibit at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Wisconsin Dells; a full size Hummer made out of 39,000 non-winning lottery tickets in the lobby of the newly renovated Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in San Francisco; state of the art technology at Ripley’s 4D Theaters in San Antonio and Gatlinburg; world famous Lizardman unveils a wax likeness of himself on June 24 at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square in New York City; the world’s largest ping pong paddle at the Guinness World Records Museum in San Antonio; and the annual Face-Off competition for the funniest (ugliest) face at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Atlantic City.
First off, let’s start with the old Dinosaur Park Miniature Golf that was right beside the Comfort Inn Clifton Hill. It has been slowly dismantled over the last few months. Since I was last there, the booth is now gone.
They have also dug up a lot of the holes.
The booth for the new courses is taking shape. A nice pterodactyl is sitting on top of it.
There is a new T-Rex out on the course that looks awesome!
The storage area also has a couple of other new dinosaurs out. A woolly mammoth has been put together, as well as a stegosaurus.
I posted before that all of the dinosaurs were taken out of the golf course just off Clifton Hill and several of them were placed where the new Dinosaur Adventure Golf will be. Now they are taking down fences and moving the large stones.
There should have been a Discovery Channel documentary about it! Were you luck enough to witness the great dinosaur migration of 2010? I was, and it was breathtaking… seeing those big animals move along to their new home was incredible. I will always be able to tell everyone, “I was there!”
Seriously though, over the last couple of days most of the dinosaurs were taken out of the old Dinosaur Park Miniature Golf and most of them were moved over to the new Dinosaur Park Adventure Golf.
Like many of the attractions on Clifton Hill, I’ve been to Dinosaur Park Miniature Golf lots of times (perhaps a dozen). I went when it was located right on Clifton Hill (before Boston Pizza and the Great Canadian Midway came along), and have played it in its current location. I’ve always thought the grounds were nice, but for some reason this time I was very impressed. Perhaps it is just the age of the place, and the plants are maturing nicely, but it was gorgeous! We were there on a nice clear evening. It was still warm out (but not too hot in the shade), and there weren’t many people on the course.
I was also very impressed with the dinosaurs. I don’t think there are any new ones, but they look very good. I think I posted or tweeted last year that some work was being done on them. Well, whatever they did, the dinosaurs look fantastic. Of course, I don’t know what real dinosaurs look like, but these ones look pretty real.
If you haven’t been for a while, it may be worth another visit. Also, with the new course being built behind the Niagara SkyWheel, I don’t know if there will be then three courses, or if either Dinosaur Park or Galaxy Golf will be dismantled.