High-tech go-karts race head to head while zipping around professionally designed racetracks at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. When only an inch off the ground, that speed gives the sensation of going much faster, simulating the thrill of an Indy 500 vehicle. With 12 race tracks across the country, Pole Position Raceway has learned to deliver the best driving experience possible. It starts with their karts, which are electric and boast 18 horsepower with the same ultra-slick, F1-inspired tires used in the competitive kart-race circuit. The track is equally important. They worked with the pros to get a surface that is just slick enough to allow for some slide, while still providing enough traction to optimize high speeds around hairpin turns. They also made their tracks long enough to accommodate up to 12 karts and allow drivers to show off passing techniques. The karts are set up with individual transponders connected to a state-of-the-art timing system to offer lap times accurate to the hundredth of a second. Races are scored by fastest lap time, so whether you cross the finish line first, or last it's all about who is fastest around the track. Pole Position Raceway requires that drivers attend safety briefings on rules and regulations
Throughout a career spanning more than two decades, Dan Flowers has trained numerous horses, including many that have gone on to win championships and shows. Using that expertise, Flowers leads a team of instructors in teaching a new generation of equestrians at his eponymous horseback-riding academy. During year-round lessons in an indoor arena, riders as young as 5 and of any experience level learn the English riding style—a discipline with a focus on balance and horsemanship, though instructors can easily lead Western and driving lessons for a different experience.
Jumpin' Jak's vibrant interior shelters 1- to 12-year-old chips off the old block from the elements while spurring imagination and exercise in themed wonderlands. The Goldrush Pass harnesses Western ambiance like a carriage pulled by tumbleweeds, and joyful laughter bounces off of slides and overhead bridges near a diminutive saloon. Relax as pintsize Cousteaus return tuckered from plumbing the depths of the ball pit or exploring the jungles of the Congo-themed play paradise. After lengthy sessions of sprinting along the multihued corridors and surveying the interconnected tree houses, Jumpin’ Jak's snack bar provides youngsters with provisions for refueling or fashioning regal capes out of fruit roll-ups.
With the sound of fast-approaching engines roaring in your ear, you jam your foot down even harder on the gas pedal and narrow your eyes at the upcoming left-hand turn, determined not to let up even for an instant. If you do, there’s a good chance that your new view will consist of your competition gloating triumphantly while they zip past you on the track. You may only be driving a GT-5 Sodikart, and not a tricked-out racecar, but you absolutely refuse to let any of the other adult or—gulp—junior drivers beat you.
Track 21 lets speed-demons careen around one of three indoor go-kart tracks at speeds of up to 40 mph as they try to edge past other karts, competing with fellow birthday partiers or coworkers to reach the finish line before it decides to become a finish wall. In case competition gets too fierce, the karts are surrounded by heavy nylon bumpers and rubber blocks designed to absorb impact from all sides.
Friendly rivalries continue on foot inside Area 21, a two-story laser-tag battleground beset with fog, obstacles, and space-age scenery. Sharpshooters zap each other's targets in pursuit of a grander mission, such as capturing the opposing base or stealing the enemy's supply of light, before matches end and scores are tallied on a stats sheet. Glowing decor also illuminates a jungle-themed nine-hole mini-golf course, where gorilla and lion statues bask in the black lights. Track 21’s arcade demands timing and button-smashing dexterity from gamers, and a track-side casino sets up rounds of blackjack, poker, and craps.
As daylight hours wane and temperatures drop, Discovery Green transforms Kinder Lake’s model-boat basin into a 7,200-square-foot open-air ice rink, beckoning visitors and locals alike to embrace the winter season. The cheerful sounds of Christmas carols, upbeat world music, and swing tunes emanate from the sound system as skaters gracefully glide past the site's colorful glass railings and mural-bedecked kiosks. In a separate children's area beside the main rink, toddlers and their parents can play on their own section of ice while safely avoiding faster-paced skating traffic. Special events also lend their own festive air to the attraction, where guests can watch live jazz bands or skate alongside Santa Claus.
To keep the ice at a constant and chilly 22 degrees, the rink conceals more than 17 miles of cooling pipes beneath its friction-defying surface. Recycled water from Kinder Lake helps create a cool, even skating surface, and the entire attraction siphons its power from renewable energy sources instead of coal buttons stolen from snowmen. Additionally, an onsite snack shop keeps bellies warm and cheeks ruddy with cups of coffee and hot cocoa, as well as hearty snacks including roasted peanuts, cookies, and belgian waffles.
After decades of winning the admiration of stock-car racing fans with his aggressive driving strategy and off-track charisma, Rusty Wallace now gives others the chance to experience the rush of racing. He joined forces with Sodikart to roll out the Rusty Wallace Kart Experience, pairing kart with driver at some of the country's most celebrated racetracks. Racers can hop in a custom RT8 (or its kid-friendly counterpart, the LR4) and hit the gas, tearing up everything from the versatile road courses and speedy main track of the Atlanta Motor Speedway to the challenging lava pits of the Milwaukee Mile.
But this go-karting business has a big brother?the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. It's a high-speed trip into the pro-racing trade, with breathtaking ride-alongs and racing experiences in stock cars. Guests buckle up and sit shotgun alongside professional drivers as they fly down straightaways and around curves. They can even get behind the wheel themselves, finally feeling what it's like to be a professional driver.