For a fun day outdoors, the D.C. area offers an array of go kart courses to fit any skill level. They require no experience for the most part, and promise an adventure every time. The area’s best courses boast a little something extra, from pro-inspired racetracks to powder-packed tracks for a little slippage to keep the whole family entertained.
All Sports Grand Prix
45915 Maries Rd., 170
Dulles, VA 20166
Price: $17 per race for members/$24.50 non-member race/$300 kids course
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri and Sat – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
All Sports GrandPrix was professionally designed by former race car drivers. This indoor track is one of the largest in the area, inspired by Monaco Grand Prix racetrack. This challenging course is the real deal with a flagger and heats just like NASCAR. This is an awesome option for team building, corporate events and family parties. Racers must be 18 years or older if they have not attended and passed the two-day kids racing program.
Crofton Go-Kart Raceway
1050 State Rd. 3 South
Gambrills, MD 21054
Price: $2.50 per lap for single kart/$3 per double kart
Hours: Sat – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun –12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Crofton Go-Kart Raceway has offered fun, safe and exciting racing for more than 25 years. Its outdoor track is half mile of exhilarating turns and twists. This family fun place allows racers can be ages 8 and older to drive. It also offers single and double carts available for road junkies younger than 8. Take advantage of the patio and picnic areas for DIY parties — bring anything your party requires with the exception of grills and alcohol.
4300 Kenilworth Ave.
Bladensburg, MD 20710
Price: $6 for six laps
Hours: May to September daily – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; October to February Sat and Sun – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; March and April Mon to Fri – 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Go racing at Skelterama for day of exhilarating fun. It is conveniently located and offers a quarter mile wide open track with fabulous twists and turns. Its nine horse powered Honda engines are among the fastest in the area, maintained by a staff of mechanics daily. Snag a snack at the vending machines and then hit the road with the whole family here. Drivers must be at least 56 inches (roughly 8 years old) to drive a kart, 18 to drive a double kart and 3 to ride in a double.
Horseless Carriage Go Karts
11113 W. Baldwin Rd.
New Market, MD 21774
Price: $6.30 per ride
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Horseless Carriage Go Karts is located inside of Adventure Park USA and offers two fast-paced tracks. Try the Rookie Track for young children ages 7 to 10 or try the Blazing Trails Track for children 10 or older. The stylish go-karts are in immaculate condition with both single and double cart options. After the go- karts, explore the rest of the pay-as-you-go-style amusement park for a perfect way to have fun without breaking the bank.
The Go-Kart Track Inc.
10907 Pulaski Hwy.
White Marsh, MD 21162
Price: $6.50 for single kart/$7 for double kart
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The Go-Kart Track runs one of the best race tracks in this area. Known for its creativity, Go-Kart had three unique tracks designed for all skill levels and ages. If you’re up for the challenge, try the Drift Track, treated with powder for slip and slide lovers. Toss the kids on an age-appropriate track, or strap them in with you for a ride around the Family Track. If go-karting is a popular sport for your family, sign up for the drivers benefit card to get discounts on special days and free rides on your birthday.
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