Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Artist Designed Mini Golf at Can Can Wonderland 

What do you get when you mix art, mini golf, vintage pinball machines, boozy slushies and cereal malts? None other than Can Can Wonderland!

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Can Can Wonderland is an eccentric, artist designed mini golf course located inside an old can manufacturing factory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. A wide range of cans were produced here from the late 1800’s to the 1970’s, including Spam cans and soup cans for Campbell’s and Del Monte. Even though the mini golf is the main draw, it’s really so much more than that.

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

We’ve actually had the opportunity to visit this gem of a spot three times in the past couple of months. And I honestly have to say, I’m still not tired of it! Our first visit was for a stagnation story we were working on with Visit Saint Paul. The second visit was with our blogger friends, Brian and Isa from Perfect Little Planet, as they were passing through the Twin Cities. And last but not least, we attended a MN Blogger Bash event there just a few days later. It was a whirlwind of mini golf…and I’m sad to report that I still have yet to win a game. Oh well, at least the art continues to keep me more than entertained!

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Can Can Wonderland opens for all ages at 10 a.m., Thursday-Sunday (closed Monday-Wednesday) but after 9 p.m. the venue changes to 21+ for adult only fun.

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

There is an onsite restaurant where you can find items such as toasties, pizza, hot dogs with crazy toppings like mac and cheese, mini donut boats, old fashioned sodas and cereal malts. The bar menu is known for its creative craft cocktails, boozy malts and slushies, and beer and cider floats. One thing’s for sure, you always find something creative to order on the menu.

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Before opening the mini golf course, Can Can Wonderland sent out a call to artists and asked, “What is the mini golf hole you have always wanted to play?” They received over 200 submissions from all over the world and teams of architects, artists, engineers and fabricators created the 18 holes on site today. Each hole has a sign that shows who designed and created it and a statement from the artist.

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Some of our favorite holes were the State Fair hole with a Ferris wheel, the natural disaster hole with tornadoes and earthquakes, music mountain where you hit your ball over a 16 foot mountain for it to travel through musical instruments, and grandma’s living room, which is exactly what it sounds like!

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

There’s even a hole called grand slam where you put on a helmet and grab a baseball bat instead of your club.

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Hole #18 is called, “The Mini Golf Hole Formerly Known As the World’s Longest Hole”, and the purple carpet and name are a tribute to Prince. This hole is basically an incredibly long, straight path that runs the entire length of the mini golf course. It took me several hits to even get close to the other end, but somehow, Micah almost got a hole in one here on two different rounds! It was quite a feat to say the least.

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Lines for mini golf can get long as the day goes on, but don’t worry, there is almost always some form of entertainment taking place on stage. The event calendar is filled with activities like interactive storytelling, trivia against humanity, live music, tap dance lessons at “tappy hour”, art activities, and the “Yes We Can Can Variety Show”. In addition to the events, there are vintage pinball machines and arcade games, plus an old school photo booth.

Can Can Wonderland, Saint Paul, Minnesota

No matter if it’s rain, shine, summer or winter, Can Can Wonderland is a great spot to take the family or spend an evening out with friends. There’s always something entertaining happening and you’re sure to have a crazy time!

 

Have you ever been to an artist designed mini golf course?

 

Special thanks to Visit Saint Paul and Can Can Wonderland for providing us with our first round of golf, Minnesota Bloggers Bash for our third round, and I suppose I’ll thank ourselves for the second! As always, all opinions are our own.

 

Artist Designed Mini Golf at Can Can Wonderland in Saint Paul, Minnesota
18 Comments
  • Toni Broome
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    Posted at 01:55h, 20 August Reply

    Oh wow I love the tin man, I can see why you keep going back. I’m not much good at mini golf either but I play equally well (or perhaps that’s bad;ly) either left or right handed so at least it’s never a problem when it ends up stuck agsinst the ‘wrong’ cushion.
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  • Jennifer
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    Posted at 04:43h, 20 August Reply

    I love mini golf! The obstacles in the photos you’ve shown make this look like a pretty challenging course, so I’d think I’d need to brush up on my putt-putt skills before attempting this one.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 09:38h, 25 August Reply

      Haha, yeah some of the obstacles were pretty challenging! I definitely could have used a brush up before attempting it! Lots of fun though anyways!
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  • RaW
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    Posted at 15:22h, 20 August Reply

    I’d love to try the Grand Slam one! That’d be something different, playing a mini golf with a baseball bat! I’m impressed, by the way, that Micah almost got a hole-in-one at Hole #18 because it sounds like it’s really a long one!
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  • Barb
    Posted at 07:48h, 21 August Reply

    Can can wonderland. Looks like a fun place to visit. I have never tried mini golf. It must be great fun! I will put it on my bucketlist.

  • Karla
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    Posted at 00:41h, 22 August Reply

    I always felt like I wouldn’t do good in golf. I’m quite excited to try mini golf though. It’s less daunting plus the place is so cute, I would enjoy it.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 09:36h, 25 August Reply

      I know what you mean! I’m horrible at actual golf, so I think mini golf is much more fun! Especially when it’s a cute place, lol!
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  • Wanderlust Wayfarer
    Posted at 11:19h, 22 August Reply

    Can Can Wonderland looks like a ton of fun! I love mini golf and think it would be great to do it in such an inspired location. I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m in Saint Paul.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 16:14h, 22 August Reply

    This place is adorable! I love the candy color golf balls. Plus you had me at the boozy malts!

  • Megan Jerrard
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    Posted at 21:37h, 22 August Reply

    Can Can Wonderland sounds awesome! No wonder you keep going back, sounds like so much fun!! I love that it’s open for all ages but then kicks into adult fun after 9. I would be there all the time. Super cool that they asked people what their dream mini golf hole was and then actually created those. LOVE it! Thanks for the heads up – definitely a full day set aside when we make it to MN 🙂

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 09:32h, 25 August Reply

      Yeah it’s a really fun place! I love that it’s adults only after 9 too. Great spot for sure–you’ll definitely have to check it out!
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  • khalid
    Posted at 11:47h, 30 August Reply

    hey,jenna kvidt I love mini golf and think it would be great to do it in such an inspired location.

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