Children, as well as adults, can have fun with go karts.
Art Ingels is credited with building the first go kart in California in 1956. Military personnel raced the karts to pass time. Modern go karts can go as fast as 160 miles per hour, raced by professional drivers, but most karts are raced by people just looking to have a good time. A number of amusement parks in Texas have go kart tracks for family and friends to enjoy.
Funtrackers Family Fun Center
Funtrackers Family Fun Center of Corpus Christi, Texas, features a Kiddie Track and a Rookie Track for children, a Family Track for the whole family (drivers must be at least 13) and a Pro Track (driver must have a driver’s license or permit). Rates are $5 for the Kiddie, Rookie and Family tracks ($20 for a 5-ride discount card) and $6 for the Pro Track ($25 for a 5-ride discount card).
The facility also has bumper cars, miniature golf and an arcade.
Austin’s Park in Austin, Texas, is a multi-attraction amusement park. The admission price of $19.95 ($9.95 for children 40 to 43 inches tall; free for children shorter than 40 inches) gives all-day access to most attractions, including the Speedway Go-Kart Track. Drivers must be at least 58 inches tall. Passengers must be at least 40 inches tall and accompanied by a guest who is 18 years or older. Junior go karts are available for people at least 48 inches tall.
The park also has a climbing wall, bumper boats, miniature golf and other attractions.
Adventure Landing in Dallas, Texas, features a twisting one-mile go kart track with results posted on a leader board. To drive a kart, you must be 56 inches tall, or you may ride in the double karts with a licensed driver. The cost is $7 for a single ride, $15.99 for three single rides, $9 for a double ride or $18.99 for three double rides. For kids, the price is $5 for one ride (ages 4-10) or $10 for three. Online discounts are available. Batting cages, bumper cars and more are also featured.
Green Acres Golf & Games
Go kart racing is just one of the many attractions at Green Acres Golf & Games in San Antonio, where miniature golf, paintball, trampoline jumping, gold mining and other activities are also featured. The cost to race go karts down the twisting track is $6 for a driver, who must be at least 54 inches tall, and $1.50 for a passenger, who must be at least 42 inches tall.
Fast Track Go-Karts
Fast Track Go-Karts is a family entertainment center in Houston featuring go karts, miniature golf and an arcade. Speedy’s Fast Track has both regular go karts ($5) and super karts ($7). Drivers must be 54 inches tall to drive a go kart and 15 or older to drive a super kart. Internet coupons and discounts are available, including package deals from $25 to $80. A Fast Track customer loyalty card is also available.
Horseshoe Junction in Brenham is located between Houston and Austin. Go kart racers ride on the Pony Express Speedway in single or double karts. Single drivers must be 54 inches tall. A passenger must be at least 35 inches tall with a driver who is at least 13 years old. Races cost $6. One-hour, two-hour and three-hour fun passes are available for $12.95, $19.95 and $24.95 respectively and allow unlimited play on all attractions, including mini-bowling, bumper boats and more.