Mario and his friends may be fun to race on a game console, but nothing beats the real thing, and Connecticut has several great places for children and adults to jump into a go kart. Most of the tracks are outdoors and thus only open for racing in good weather, but there are indoor tracks at a few of the bigger locations. Those also offer more serious racing, with leagues and teams and prizes. For families and casual drivers just looking for a fun day out, however, there are many other more laid-back options. Here are five of the best places for go kart racing in Connecticut.
19 Rowley St.
Winsted, CT 06098
The outdoor track at R&B Sportsworld in Winsted is where go kart drivers go for fun in the Northwest Corner. The kid-friendly atmosphere has made it a local favorite, and besides kart racing there is an arcade, batting cages, laser tag, mini-golf and billiards. There is also a park next door with a large playground and ball field. R&B has ice cream and other snacks, and there is a Dairy Queen half a block away on Route 44.
349 Main St.
Somers, CT 06071
Outdoor go kart racing is the flagship enterprise at Sonny’s Place in Somers, but there is a lot more to do than just race round and round the track. Sonny’s Place has the “Soaring Eagle Zipline,” a rock climbing wall, batting cages, a bounce house and many other entertainments available. The track, of course, is the main attraction at this family-friendly amusement center. There are single- and double-seater karts, and children as young as 10 are allowed to drive (provided they are at least 52 inches tall).
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Checkered Flag Raceway
1762 Berlin Turnpike
Berlin, CT 06037
Checkered Flag Raceway in Berlin, just south of Hartford, has one of the most technologically advanced outdoor tracks in the state. There is a big scoreboard with computerized lap timing looming above the quarter-mile track, and results are printed out so drivers can take home a souvenir of their race. There are three different styles of go kart to choose from at Checkered Flag: The Interceptor, The Bomber and The Tornado. The last of the three is a two-seater, which allows for young children to ride along as passengers with adult drivers. The Interceptor is for teens 16 and up, and The Bomber is the adult racing car – which has a powerful nine horsepower Honda engine.
The Only Game In Town
275 Valley Service Road
North Haven, CT 06473
Go kart drivers in North Haven know The Only Game in Town quite well. The outdoor track is very popular in good weather, and it offers packages for parties and events. Children must be four and a half feet (54 inches) tall in order to drive, but there are two-seaters available for children to ride along with adults. Despite the name of the track, go karts are not the only game in town at The Only Game in Town. There is mini-golf, a driving range and an arcade, as well as a food court for gamers, golfers and drivers who work up an appetite. There is an interactive virtual tour on the website for those who want to explore the place before going for an outing at The Only Game in Town.
On Track Karting
984 N. Colony Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
No need to wait for spring; On Track Karting in Wallingford has an indoor track, and it’s open all year. While many other tracks close in the winter or when the weather is bad, On Track is open every day, rain or shine, light or dark. The indoor track is 1,400 feet long and the karts go at a top speed of 40 mph. This spot offers high-performance racing as well as “arrive and drive” packages for children age 7 and up, and for adults. There are open racing nights where drivers can compete for prizes as well as scheduled league races for more serious drivers (see the website for the calendar of events). Once the good weather arrives, this facility also opens up its outdoor track. On Track has a second location in Brookfield, and both feature special deals for birthday parties, group discounts and corporate outings.
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