Surf Shack Funhouse at the LA County Fair

When we go to the LA County fair, we spend the day eating ridiculous food and taking solace in the air-conditioned marketplace buildings. Then around sunset we head out to the carnival rides for a turn on the ferris wheel during the magic hour.

While we crunched numbers to figure out how many tickets we’d need to get, I took notice of the nearby Surf Shack funhouse on the midway.

Closer inspection revealed quite a few tikis!

These garish cartoon masks were even incorporated into the attraction as “obstacles.”

On a separate note, don’t funhouses make you want to sing tunes from “Grease”?

More tiki sightings at the fair to come!

Tiki Island Volcano Golf – Orlando, FL

Tiki Island Adventure Golf
Somehow I was under the impression that there wasn’t that much tiki in Florida, at least not in the coastal bars that call themselves “tiki.” I guess they all must have migrated inland—how else can you explain these two tiki-fied mini golf courses within a few miles of each other?

Apatosaurus in front of Tiki Island Volcano Golf

On our last day in Orlando we went to check out Tiki Island Adventure Golf, where an impressive apatosaurus (I still want to call it a brontosaurus, or maybe a longneck) guards the entrance.

Tikis and a triceratops

The two courses were not only entertaining, but also informative! Each dinosaur had a sign with its name and a description. I like how it looks like that triceratops is keeping an eye on that sneaky tiki.

Dinosaur dome

This dome at the top of the course has a golden Moai inside—and also serves as a good shelter during a somewhat-expected downpour.

Tiki Island Volcano
According to a video on their web site, this volcano/waterfall can spew fire Mirage-style. But we saw nothing, so it must lie dormant during the day or supposedly until someone gets a hole in one on the last putt.

Brontosaurus Boats
I thought these “Brontosaurus Boats” were pretty awesome. Except it doesn’t look like there’s much room to maneuver them around the moat.

Volcano Golf Tiki Island

Tiki Island Volcano Golf
7460 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819

Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf – Orlando, FL

Wonder Works

Tourist traps in Orlando have the juggernaut of Walt Disney World to contend with, so many of the spots along International Drive have taken it to the next level to draw attention to themselves. Case in point, the Wonder Works children’s museum above, which looks as if a hurricane flipped it over.

Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf

Even normally humdrum mini golf attractions have stepped it up. The Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf has a 50-foot volcano/waterfall and at least half a dozen tikis that we spotted from the street.

Tikis at Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf

I think I spotted photos of these tikis in albums at the Mai Tiki gallery, so I would guess that their studio had a hand in making them. We only stopped by so I could snap a few pics myself as we were actually on our way to yet another tiki-themed golf course in Lake Buena Vista — Tiki Island Adventure Golf.

Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf
8969 International Dr.
Orlando, Fl 32819