Many professional racecar drivers started out racing go-karts, just as many jockeys worked their way up from ponies and many astronauts practiced on merry-go-round rocket ships. Play toward a greater future with today's Groupon: for $11, you get an unlimited ride pass (up to a $21.95 value) at Cartland of Cape Cod in Wareham. This deal expires August 31.
A destination for family fun near the Cape Cod Canal since 1970, Cartland grants kids the keys to spurn bicycles for a fleet of exciting track and water rides. Break free from the chains of ride restrictiveness with the unlimited ride pass, which bestows all-day use of five different attractions. Kids can practice evasive maneuvers in rush-hour traffic in the Indy-style go-karts or hit the slick track, which is like sprinting on a hardwood floor in motorized socks. Stinger karts, designed for drivers 48 inches or taller, bumper boats with built-in squirt guns, and adventure mini golf round out the recreation Rolodex.
The unlimited pass also grants the holder one-dollar rides on the splash attack, where participants shoot water balloons out of a slingshot at each other or hold off an advancing horde of wicked witches. Like the NBA, Cartland requires that its youthful participants are a certain height for various merriment opportunities, so Groupon buyers should consult the website's description of each ride's tallness demands.
Though Cartland of Cape Cod sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Cartland of Cape Cod
Most physical confrontations involve a level of personal risk, but at Cartland of Cape Cod, fun-loving competitors let robotic Boxerjocks do the swinging. Safely tucked away in a cage of steel, operators trigger sidesteps with the thrust of a joystick and jabs with the punch of a button. The unusual attraction is just a taste of what the epicenter of family fun has to offer, from vintage Indy-style go-karts to colorful bumper boats and water-balloon slingshots. Visitors who want to keep dry can head to the 20-hole mini-golf course and batting cages, and can sate their hunger with chili, barbecue pork, and other meals, or a scoop of ice cream rather than laboring to befriend an iceberg.