Today's deal proportionately scales the Checkered Flag Indoor Karting fun of big boys down to a manageable size for aspiring speed racers under 54 inches. For $10, you get 30 minutes of races on the Mini-Cup Track for your little guy or girl. This slow-paced course is designed for drivers aged 4–9, or anyone that hasn't yet sprouted to the 54-inch height requirement of the main track. There is no license required, though a Little Tikes Car proficiency test may be administered.
A single race on the Mini Cup Track usually takes about five minutes, and you get as many as you can fit in 30 minutes. The track is about 100 feet long, and the karts run at a slow speed that is easily and safely managed by an adult in training. Like adults, kids are required to wear closed-toe shoes. There is no limit on the number of Groupons you pick up, but if you plan on staying longer than 30 minutes, call ahead of time to reserve the track. Likewise, it’s a good idea to call ahead on weekends as they fill up faster than the eyes of the mini-racers your kids leave in the dust.
Checkered Flag is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for private events. Check the hours for more information.
- It's a really good time for everyone. – BostonCentral reviewer on16 Apr 2008
- I took my kids there over the weekend. this place is great...we did a bunch of races and what a blast we had. one of the best family values i've [sic] seen around. – BostonCentral reviewer on 18 Jun 2008
- All in all a great place to go and have some fun. – BostonCentral reviewer on 26 Mar 2008
Checkered Flag Indoor Karting
A stream of yellow and black buzzes by. It's not a swarm of bumblebees, but friends and family racing each other in yellow and black go-karts around Checkered Flag Indoor Karting's 23,000-square-foot speedway. Strapping on helmets and sliding in behind the wheel of 15HP electric karts, up to 10 drivers jockey for position while whipping around eight snaky turns and sling-shooting past opponents on the wide lanes along the 100-foot front stretch. The facility's electronic timing system lets speedsters check out their best lap times from each 15-lap race. Racers must be at least 54" tall or born with tires instead of feet to traverse that track, but during birthday parties kids aged 4–9 and at least 36" tall zip across the 100-foot Mini Cup track. With a snack bar slicing pizza and pouring soda and an arcade, the facility can play host to parties for older kids and adults, as well as corporate team-building events. And for kids and adults seeking serious competition, Checkered Flag organizes leagues lead by indoor karting champion, Tom Prioli.
239 Neck Road
Haverhill, Massachusetts 01835