Where’s The Best Go-Kart Racing In Town?

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You hold your wheel tight and keep your foot on the accelerator at a steady speed as you enter the turn. You don’t want to swing to the outside of the track by pushing down on the accelerator or drift to the inside by easing up. You want to stay in the middle of the curve to pick up speed after the turn, roar ahead, and be in a good position for the next curve.

Whether you are ten or forty, racing a go-kart is a thrill, and the competition is part of the exhilaration. You want to pass the other guy! Win or lose, it is a fun way to spend a day, and we have found numerous places within 60 miles of Winston-Salem that offer the chance to experience the race. Check out our listings and decide where you would like to go.

Grandfather and grandson racing in a go-kart together on a track
A grandfather and his grandson enjoy a day of go-kart racing on the track at Celebration Station in Greensboro
Photo by Kathy Solarino for MyWinston-Salem.com, © Cover Story Media 2024

Celebration Station

Celebration Station in Greensboro has much to offer and is one of the closest locations to Winston-Salem. They feature go-karts and kid-karts for younger children. Go-karts have a height minimum of 56″, and you must be 16 years old with a valid driver’s license. Passengers must be at least 36″ tall and under 56″. Kid-kart drivers must be at least 48″ tall but less than 56″. You must wear closed-toed shoes on all go-karts and secure long hair and loose clothing before riding. The venue also has a two-story video arcade with over 100 games, bumper boats, laser tag, a mini golf course, and batting cages. They serve pizza, chicken salad, wings, steak burgers, and more. You can find special deals on their website. Recent reviews have stated prices are high and upkeep has not been maintained. Yelp’s updated review gives them 2.3 stars.

Celebration Station Website

  • 4315 Big Tree Way, Greensboro, NC
  • 336-316-0606
  • Summer Hours (Website shows hours for all days)
    • Sun-Thurs, 11am – 10pm
    • Fri & Sat, 11am – 11pm

ParTee Shack

ParTee Shack is another Greensboro location, and this one features all the fun indoors, even their multi-level electric go-kart track! With the latest technology, the track ensures a fun, safe driving experience with its hairpin turns, curves, and straights. The karts reach 40MPH, and the colors and lighting add to the excitement. They have adult and junior races available. Adult Kart requirements, age 14+, 54″ minimum, max weight, 300 pounds. Junior Kart requirements, age 8-14, minimum height 50″, max weight, 200 pounds. Track rules on the website include that open-toed shoes are not permitted, drivers under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver, and You must secure long hair and loose clothing. Also at the venue are two crazy mini golf courses that include a zip line, a full-size school bus, and a foosball table. There is an arcade, and they serve pizza and a full selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. There are weekly specials listed on their website.

ParTee Shack Website

  • 3712 S Holden Road, Greensboro, NC
  • 336-790-5392
  • Hours
    • Mon-Thurs, 10am – 9pm
    • Fri & Sat, 10am – 11pm
    • Sun, 1pm – 8pm

Trackhouse Motorplex

Trackhouse Motorplex, located in Mooresville, NC, is approximately 51 miles from Winston-Salem. You must be 16 years old and up to drive their karts. The outdoor .7-mile track, built by industry professionals and based on the famous and historic Kartdromo Parma circuit in Italy, which hosted five World Championships and four European Championships, has 11 turns. The karts Trackhouse rents are 13 horsepower CRG karts that reach thrilling speeds up to 55mph. Racers can bring their own kart to race. They recommend you watch the official safety video on their website to learn the road rules and get some pro-driving tips before you go. Requirements include the following: all drivers must be 16 years old and have a driver’s license. Drivers under 18 must have their legal guardian sign the Trackhouse consent form (available on the website) in person or have it notarized if the legal guardian cannot accompany the driver. Helmets and neck braces are included with the purchase of races and must be worn during racing. Headsocks must be worn underneath the rental helmets and are available for a $5 fee. Unsafe driving, bad behavior, or foul language will result in loss of driving privileges. The use of alcohol before driving is strictly prohibited. You must wear closed-toed shoes. They highly recommended that you make reservations for your ride, especially for weekends.

Trackhouse Motorplex Website

  • 130 Motorplex Drive, Mooresville, NC (use this address for GPS)
  • 704-696-2926
  • Hours
    • Check their calendar for the day you want to go

The Pit

The Pit, located in Mooresville, 59 miles from Winston-Salem, has a 3rd-mile indoor track, one of the largest single indoor tracks in the country. There are 20 challenging turns, and the track is 20 feet wide all the way around, except for the front straight away, which is 22 feet wide! The wider track means more speed and more passing! The Pit has karts that are capable of reaching speeds over 45 mph. They are Evo 2 LeMans adult karts and Sodi youth karts. Adult Karts requirements: must be 16+ and have proof of age (driver’s license, birth certificate), 48″ tall minimum, 300 lbs maximum. Youth Karts requirements: age 8-15 years, height minimum 48″, weight maximum 170 lbs. All the equipment you need to drive will be provided, including a helmet, neck brace, headsock, and optional racing suit. Closed-toed shoes are required. They rent shoes if you arrive in some other type of footwear. Safety Waivers are required for all adult and youth race participants, as is a 3-minute video for first-time drivers. When you race, pay attention to the flags, lights, and Track Marshals. The Pit has a “zero tolerance policy” regarding alcohol or drug abuse. No Bumping or intentional contact. See all the Rules on their Website. Other things to do at The Pit are Arcade Games and Billards, Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Axe Throwing, and Escape Rooms. Specials are available on the Website.

The Pit Website | The Pit Go-Kart Racing

  • 346 East Plaza Drive, Mooresville, NC
  • 704-799-3470
  • Hours
    • Mon-Wed, 3pm – 10pm
    • Thurs, 10am – 10pm
    • Fri & Sat, 11am – 12am
    • Sun, 1pm – 8pm

Summer Movies Another Fun Activity

After a day of go-kart racing, day camp, or splashing in the pool, how about a nice relaxing evening with the family watching a free movie in the park? Bring chairs, a blanket, and maybe a picnic for dinner, and get comfy while you wait for the movie to begin. Some locations have pre-movie activities for the kids; others have playgrounds to keep them busy while you relax. There are food trucks at many of them. The Grand offers movies during the day for a small charge. Check out kids’ summer movies.

Where do you like to race go-karts? Tell us in the comments.

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