South Philly is getting its own indoor mini golf joint. Adventurer’s Mini Golf, located at 38 Jackson St. in Whitman, is looking to open in May as Philly’s only year-round indoor mini golf course. With South Bowl in progress, Swanson Street from Snyder all the way down to Oregon Avenue could very well become the Philly’s next entertainment hot spot.
Tom Knabe, one of the guys behind Adventurer’s, is excited that they’re close to opening up shop. “We are looking to open in May. We were originally going to build in the old Forman Mills but we ended up at 38 Jackson because it was a much better space for the layout we had in mind.” Adventurer’s Mini Golf has about 8,000 sq. ft. to work and will be located above still-operational Fright Factory on Jackson Street.
Adventurer’s looks to feature classic and new-school arcade games, skee-ball, and two large event rooms for up to 100 people. As far as food goes, they’ll look to have drinks and popcorn on site and the newly opened Uncle Oogies will be cool neighbors and offer catering for the event spaces.
“The adventurers theme is very eclectic,” said Knabe. “The course is a mix of cartoony regions of the world — Desert, Arctic, and Jungle. The Party rooms are themed to old Disney Adventurers club. A mix of authentic and replica outdoor gear from around the world.”
As those of you who have been to Target, Shop Rite or the now defunct Foreman Mill’s can attest, Swanson Street can be one of the more treacherous and confusing streets in Philly to navigate. Apparently, there have been meetings with PennDOT to revamp the street experience.
- James Jennings is the founder of the blog Pennsporter — a site dedicated to exploring the neighborhood from Washington to Snyder, the Delaware to Fourth.