When the Texas air is stifling, create your own breeze with hot action at the area’s best go kart courses. Go kart racing is an exciting way for the family to spend an afternoon burning rubber, and a little steam, whether you skid down an outdoor or an indoor track. Visit one of these tracks and challenge your family to its own Indy 500.

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Mountasia Family Fun Center

8851 Grapevine Hwy.
N. Richland Hills, TX 76180
(817) 503-8833

Price: $7 per driver for a single ride/$2 per passenger for a single ride
Hours: Mon to Fri – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Challenge family members to racing along the twists and turns of the track of Mountasia Family Fun Center. Even younger enthusiasts may join in the race in two-seater go carts. To race, drivers must be at least 56 inches tall and passengers must be between 36 and 56 inches tall. This outdoor track is subject the weather, so check in before driving out to be sure racing is available prior to your visit.

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Rockwood Gokart Track
700 N. University Dr.
Fort Worth, TX 76114
(817) 625-2562

Price: $5 for a 4 minute ride
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In the same location for more than 30 years, Rockwood Gokart Track has been a staple in the go karting community. This track offers an exciting ride and an inexpensive day out for families in North Texas. Two-seat go karts are available for younger children to race with the rest of the family as well. In an effort to keep all drivers and passengers safe, all vehicles are equipped with safety belts and bumpers just in case.

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1290 East I-30
Rockwall, TX 75087
(972) 722-1133

Price: $6.50 for one race (single rider)/$8.50 for one race (double rider)
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Fri – 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sun – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The Shenaniganz Speedway is an indoor electric arena that puts a touch of adventure on any dinner out. Drivers may race alone or team up with a co-pilot. All drivers must be at least 50 inches tall and all passengers must be at least 36 inches tall. A valid drivers’ license is required for all drivers with a passenger. Take the whole family for laser tag, mini golf, a night at the arcade, bowling, a romp in the jump zone or a bout with the climbing wall. Parents will appreciate Shenaniganz for its snacks, adult drinks and delicious desserts as well.

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Ellen’s Amusement Center
1350 S. Highway 67
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
(972) 291-4242

Price: $4.50 for a four-minute ride/free for kids with an adult driver
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri – 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ellen’s offers a .25-mile outdoor racetrack for drivers of all ages and skill levels. Your kids will delight as they navigate the twists and turns of this fast and fun ride. All drivers must be at least 52 inches tall. As a special deal, when you purchase five go cart rides at the same time, the sixth one is free. Snag special deals through the week on paint ball, mini golf, arcade and batting cage sessions for a full day of fun for the whole family, or take advantage of Ellen’s daycare packages for a special day for the kids and a day off for parents.

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North Texas Karting Club
3728 Memory Ln.
Denton, TX 76207
(940) 482-3777

Price: $310 for an annual family membership which runs from March to February
Hours: Click here for schedule

For those families wishing to take their racing to the next level, the North Texas Karters is a member-run club open to family memberships. Racers will enjoy a nine-turn, half-mile race across an asphalt track. Racers may be as young as 5 years old to ride along on this exhilarating experience. If you aren’t racing for the day, watch from the Spectator Grand Stands that overlook the entire track.

Related: Family Fun Guide to Collin County

Teicha Mailhes is a freelance writer and avid family historian living in North Texas. She has written numerous articles on family history research and has enjoyed speaking about family history research at regional conferences and local genealogical societies. Currently she is working on her first cozy mystery novel. See her work here.