Go fast or go home, whether you’re looking to cure your need for speed or to simply want to rev up a little family fun. The Pittsburgh area’s best go kart courses offer everything from slow-paced double karts to super-fast, Indy-inspired speedsters, and extras guaranteed to keep the whole family going all day.
2330 Wildwood Rd.
Gibsonia, PA 15044
Price: $20 for 22 tickets/$50 for 64 tickets/six tickets a kart/seven tickets for double kart
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
You name it, Wildwood Highlands has it. The family focused facility offers an abundance of fun activities including bumper boats, mini golf, snacks and some of the best go karting around. A popular birthday party facility, Wildwood Highlands offers party packages for a minimum of eight people that include exciting go kart adventures on 1,000 feet of winding race track. Each round lasts about five minutes. Drivers must hold a valid state driver’s license or be at least 58 inches tall. To ride with a passenger, drivers must be at least 16 and their passengers must be at least 3 years old or 45 pounds.
Eracers Go Kart Park
640 Evans City Rd.
Butler, PA 16001
Price: $5 per driver per ride
Hours: Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Race into Eracers Go Kart Park to fulfill the whole family’s need for speed. The facility offers options for the beginners to serious racing enthusiasts. Choices range from smaller rookie karts to fast, sprint and Indy-inspired options perfect for Eracers’ exciting road course. Bring the whole family for a few fun rounds of mini golf after the race, or hop in the bumper boats for even more fun. Rookie riders must be at least 48 inches tall to ride. Road riders must be at least 54 inches tall. Drivers must be at least 18 years old to drive two-seat karts with a passenger. Sprint and Indy drivers must be 58 inches tall.
Fun For All
8 Progress Ave.
Cranberry, PA 16066
Price: $6 per driver per ride/$1.50 for passengers
Hours: daily – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fun Fore All is an enormous year round, indoor-outdoor family entertainment facility. Fun Fore All offers two mini-golf courses, batting cages, carnival rides, bumper boats, amusement park-style rides and speedy go kart racing. For the true kart-racing enthusiast, Fun Fore All offers exciting lock-in parties that include unlimited go kart racing from midnight to 6 a.m. Ballocity adds a little extra fun to this already exciting amusement park: Launch foam balls from the ballcano or fly down a four-story slide for a fun twist on a typical fun park day out. Go kart drivers must be at least 58 inches tall and passengers must be at least 36 inches tall.
Statler’s Fun Center
407 Frye Farm Rd.
Greensburg, PA 15601
Price: $6.25 per driver for a single ride.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 4 p.m. to dusk; Sat – 10 a.m. to dusk; Sun – 12:30 p.m. to dusk.
Statler’s Fun Center boasts Pittsburgh’s longest track at 1,528 feet, including a double over-and-under bridge. The track can be rented for exclusive use during off-hours for $450 per hour. For single karts, rider must be 10 years old and 57 inches tall. Rider must be 18 years old to drive double karts, and passengers must be at least 36 inches tall. Pro karts require a valid drivers license. Statler’s fun Center also offers an arcade and mini-golf for extra fun for the whole family. Call to confirm hours here as weather and the amount of business in a given day can lead to alterations.
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