The surge of the adrenaline fueled go kart racing is waiting for you at one of the D.C. area go kart tracks. Though you may have to drive a few extra miles from D.C., it’s worth it for the fun of speeding around the track in competition and creating great memories with family and friends. Rev those engines and give your opponent that intense side glance you see in all the race movies just before everything turns into a high speed blur.
Go-Kart Track
4300 Kenilworth Ave.
Bladensburg, MD 20710
(301) 864-0110

Go Kart Track in Bladensburg, MD is just a short 15 to 20 minute drive from downtown D.C., making it the closest go karting track near the Nation’s Capital. With a long standing reputation for awesome fun racing for kids and adults alike, this track provides a safe racing environment for anyone looking to whip around the race track for a thrill ride. Prices are very reasonable, and if you don’t want to race, hang out on the bleachers and relax, or cheer for your favorite racers.

Crofton Go Kart Raceway
1050 Crain Highway
Grambrills, MD 21054
(410) 721-2900

Feel the unparalleled surge of energy you get when you step into a Formula One go kart on Maryland’s largest outdoor go kart race track. Crofton Raceway is a blast for the entire family with staff who are at your disposal to ensure each racer a safe and fun experience. Ride in a double kart with a friend for the shared experience or race every person for themselves in single go karts perfect for proving who’s best on the track. Take all your energy and burst onto the half-mile track like you have something to prove and leave the rest behind. Even though Crofton is about a 42 minute drive southeast of D.C., it’s certainly worth the trek.

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Allsport Grand Prix
45915 Maries Road, #170
Sterling, VA 20166
(571) 434-9566

Some people consider Allsport Grand Prix a little pricey if you want to race all day long but this track is known to be one of the best courses in the area. About a 40 minute drive from downtown, D.C., this track is one of the closest tracks to the area. It may be a little far out but it’s so much fun. After viewing the initial mandatory safety training video, you can hit the course and lose yourself in a speed frenzy. Allsport has three different karts to choose from. Super Karts have nine horsepower with an average speed of 40 mph. With slightly less power, the regular karts have six-and-a-half horsepower with an average speed of 34 mph. The junior karts have five-and-a-half horsepower and averages 30 mph. The track is about a quarter mile long, so you get a good stretch of track to test your skills. If you can’t get enough, Allsport has a racing league for adults and kids.

Autobahn Indoor Speedway
8251 Preston Court
Jessup, MD 20794
(410) 880-0010

Why wait for perfect weather for outdoor racing when you can get your speed fix at the Autobahn Indoor Speedway? Feed your racing passion with electric European Formula One style go karts as you rip through the two available tracks like a beast on a mission. Adult karts have 20 horse power electric motors that lets you get up to 50 mph on the track and the junior karts reach up to 25 mph. Each kart is equipped with full radio control so speeds can be regulated for novice racers thus creating a safer racing environment.That’s pretty impressive for indoor go karting. At  just about 40 minutes away from D.C., Autobahn Speedway is still one of the closest tracks to Washington, D.C.

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Tara L. Aldridge is a native of Washington, DC, a freelance and published writer, blogger, and photographer. She is a DC Healthy Food Examiner at In 2013, Tara published her first book of poetry and currently works with young artists to help them develop their creative talents. Read more of her work at