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Adventurer’s Mini Golf bringing indoor putt-putt to South Philly

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.

Adventurer's Mini Golf looks to open on Jackson Street in May

Adventurer’s Mini Golf looks to open on Jackson Street in May (Photo: James Jennings)

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.

Look for some mini golf some time in May

Look for some mini golf some time in May (via Facebook)

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.

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15 Responses to Adventurer’s Mini Golf bringing indoor putt-putt to South Philly

  1. Michael March 18, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    Sounds like a good idea!
    The new banquet hall is gorgeous and the combination of South Bowl, and this could be a nice boost for the area.

    Thankfully PENNDOT is looking into fixing that street. It is a joke, especially in the Shopright / Target lot.

  2. Natalie Keeth March 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Still waiting for an old school arcade.

    • Tom March 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

      Natalie, We’ll definitely have some old school games in there. We currently have a multicade machine with all the classics like dig dug, time-pilot, pacman, ect. It’s slowing down our build because we can’t stop playing it!

      • Pennsporter March 19, 2014 at 10:17 am #


        Any word on whether Burger Time will be in the house?

        • Tom March 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

          burgertime is currently on the multicade!

    • ProvWitout March 19, 2014 at 12:15 am #

      Me too

      • ProvWitout March 19, 2014 at 12:17 am #

        I hope this works though… I’m a big fan of original ideas.. And this is a better idea than some of the crap that his been proposed for other spaces in South Philly.. Good luck..

    • Mike C March 19, 2014 at 9:32 am #

      Like Barcade in South Philly!

      • Albert Stumm March 19, 2014 at 11:01 am #

        Except without the booze.

        • Pennsporter March 19, 2014 at 11:32 am #

          …but Barcade doesn’t have the mini-golf!

        • ProvWitout March 22, 2014 at 5:58 am #

          What? No booze? Get it out!

  3. Deg March 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    Just what we need more nuts roaming our neighborhood …

    • Pennsporter March 19, 2014 at 4:43 pm #


      I’m not being fresh or anything but this isn’t really in the neighborhood. Doesn’t I-95 break it up enough (including the parking lot) to be far enough away from neighbors but close enough to be a great amenity?

      • ProvWitout March 22, 2014 at 6:00 am #

        Its in a pothole paradise wasteland pocket of the neighborhood that is detached from everything. Yes.

  4. Scott C. March 31, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Tom, just what exactly was discussed at these PennDOT meetings?
    Are they going to repave the street?
    Reconstruct it?
    It makes sense since so many use it between Oregon & Columbus that Swanson St should be completely rebuilt from end to end to meet the needs of that bustling shopping center.

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