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Congo River Golf - Orlando Florida



It's 2016 and there are LOTS of changes are once again happening on Growing Up Madison. You may have noticed that we recently incorporated a travel tab on the blog. When we first started this site it was supposed to be all about Madison's adventures but we diverted, not just a bit but a LOT, away from that. We're revamping and going back to what we started out doing. While last year we did a lot less reviews, this year we will be doing even less. We will be traveling a lot more so there will also be less posts but it's going to be all about her adventures sprinkled in with a few reviews of products that we just love. Today however I want to share one of her adventures in Orlando Florida. While most people think of Orlando, Florida as the home of Disney World and Universal Studios, there is so much more to do besides that. I would suggest just taking a trip and really visiting Orlando. On our 2nd day in Orlando we decided to do a bit of mini golf with my brother and his wife who was also in Florida at the time from Canada. We decided to visit the Congo River Golf located at 5901 International Drive, Orlando.


One of the main attraction besides playing mini golf of course was the fact that you can feed their live alligators. While we have seen alligators at the zoos, we have actually never seen them this quite up close and we've also never had the chance to feed them either. We however passed on feeding them and went on to have fun playing mini golf.


The layout of the mini golf attraction was a sight to behold and an adventure to experience. It is not your typical 18-hole mini golf course. There were caves, tiki huts, waterfalls and even a mini forest. It was like you were on an African adventure. While we experienced our adventure during the day, I can only imagine what it's like playing at night. Here's a word of caution for those who've never experienced a Florida summer. It is very HOT and humid so stock up on your sunscreen and try to stay hydrated and cool. I'm sure we were fully tanned by the time we got back and we are naturally tan.






However the Congo River Golf mini golf course has water fans to help keep you cool in the summer and we took advantage of all that we met. We found out that the Congo River Golf was based upon the adventures of Sir Henry Morgan Stanley and David Livingstone, both of whom were explorers in Africa in the 1800's.






At the end of your mini golf experience you can enter the game room where you can play arcade games. There is even a basketball hoop where you can play against family and friends. You can even go mining for gemstones head to the supply outpost where you can pick up your souvenirs of your trip.  We truly enjoyed our experience and plan on visiting again one day, however with so much to do in Orlando we're hoping to do as much as we can but will keep it on our list.



So the next time you're in Orlando, Florida and looking for something to do with the family, might I suggest a round of mini golf at the Congo River Golf. You'll have an adventure of a lifetime!

Here are the rates and times of operation.

Adults  - $12.99
Children under 10 - $10.99
One child under 5 with each paid admission. - Free

Sunday - Thursday - 10am-11pm
Friday & Saturday - 10am-12am

Annmarie John
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  1. Oh my goodness, we'd have a blast there. I've been to Orlando many times, I can't believe I hadn't heard of this place till now. We'll definitely check it out on our next trip to Orlando.

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    1. Yes I would certainly suggest checking them out. They are amazing and I really loved going there and doing something as a family.

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  2. This looks like so much fun! We found a place like this in Florida this past October. Did an airboat ride and fed the gators. Love small family friendly places :)

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    1. It really was a lot of fun. There are quite a few mini golf courses in Florida. There was even one that was near us that had a volcano that we plan on doing the next time we're in Florida.

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  3. I visited the states for the first time last year and hope to visit again and hopefully check out Florida. I love mini golf but most of ours in the UK are boring lol.

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    1. I think you'll love Florida. We're actually going to be taking a trip to the UK in March ourselves and we can't wait to experience it.

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  4. This looks like a fun place to take the kids too!! I don't think we have ever gone miniature golfing like this before.

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    1. I've never done it like this before either. We have mini golf courses here in CO, but nothing this extravagant or beautiful.

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  5. I haven't been to Orlando in over a year, but I am adding this to our list of places to go the next time I visit. I think the feed the live alligators would be so much fun!

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    1. I'm sure it will be fun Pam and I plan on doing it the next time we're there. There are a few other places where you can feed the gators and I hope to feed them one day.

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  6. I've never played miniature golf before! Looks like loads of fun too! I was in Florida in 2012 and I'm due for a trip again soon! I just love the sunny weather and I still have a few friends that live there!

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    1. Oh Marielle you have no idea what you're missing. You have to experience it at least once in a lifetime. It's a lot of fun! Florida is nice but not somewhere I can live indefinitely. It's just too hot down there especially in the summer. I love my cool weather. Another visit would be great!

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  7. Wow, this looks like fun! I haven't done a lot of touring in Orlando outside of theme parks, so I will have to check this out next time I'm down there!

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    1. Yes you should. We used to only do the theme parks but then we drove to Orlando and thoroughly enjoyed it a whole lot more. It's nice to have a vehicle when you're there.

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  8. That place looks so fun, My kids would love to see those alligators, and play the golf.

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    1. It was a lot of fun and those are just only two things that you can enjoy while there.

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  9. We totally went there! I have to send this link to Cassidy.
    And not only that - Scarlet BEAT me and I didn't even let her win. That was nutty. She was five!
    We fed the gators too.
    I loved that place. We stayed for a whole afternoon before we had to fly back. One of the best places we've been.

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    1. Hahahaha the kids beat us too. Even Madison got in on the fun. Orlando has so much to do besides just the theme park and while this year is off the books for us, we might be heading back next year if we don't do a cruise.

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  10. I'd enjoy golfing there. I'll have to talk my husband in a trip to Florida. We haven't been in over 20 years.

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    1. That's a very long time Tami to not have been back. I think a trip is way over due.

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  11. This must have been super fun - I mean, it looks like it's from a movie set. Nice! Feeding the alligators must be scary even if some of them look tiny. It must be a fun experience.

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    1. Since a lot of people have fed the gators I think it might not be that scary. Here's something that I didn't put into my post. My sunglasses fell into the water while looking over since I had it on my head instead of my face and they were able to go in and retrieve them for me. So I'm assuming they're a lot more docile than they look. :)

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  12. Golfing with alligators, ok sure why not! LOL Sounds like you did have fun and that your 2016 will be full of a lot more fun and adventure! Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too Heather and we're looking forward to a lot more fun and adventure in 2016. We've already got the ball rolling with a trip planned in the next few days to NY. I just know it's going to be fun.

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  13. We've driven by that place many times. I might swing by when we visit in April.

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    1. I would recommend you stopping the next time you drive by. You'll love it.

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  14. That looks like so much fun! I'd love to go and do/see that.

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    1. It is a lot of fun and you'll enjoy it!

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  15. Looks like a great place to take the kids! My son loves miniature golf!

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    1. Then your son would certainly enjoy Congo River Golf.

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  16. I have never been to Florida and have been wanting to visit but when you think of Orlando you think Disney and Universal and also Sea World. It's good to see other things available to do when you're tired of Disney. I'd really love to feed the alligators too.

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    1. Oh man Adrienne, you just have to take a trip one day. You don't even have to do the parks. There is so much more to do. We even went to Crayola World which Madison just loved. I might just write about our experience there so you can see what I'm talking about.

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