The first go-kart-racing track was a circle because it was designed to teach children how centripetal force feels without rolling them down hills in tires. Learn circularly with today's Groupon: for $15, you get four go-karting tickets at Paradise Park in Lee’s Summit (a $31.80 value).
Paradise Park’s track stewards drop the green flag for single and double kart drivers, sending tires squealing and engines revving around their road course-inspired track. Riders 48–58 inches tall pilot junior-sized Talon karts, and adults 58 inches and taller wrangle two-person Sidewinder karts on sprints toward record-setting times and away from packs of lost marathoners. Zigzagging chicanes and hairpin turns decorate the 1,000-foot course as tire borders keep karts from fishtailing across the grassy infields. Each adult Sidewinder kart has room for a free passenger at least 40 inches tall, discouraging stowaways from disguising themselves as sponsor stickers from local child-care businesses.
Paradise Park started its life as a simple miniature-golf course in 1992. Since then, the park has grown with Lee's Summit, mirroring the suburb's population growth with additions that have turned it into a sprawling temple to family fun. Outdoors, guests can still show off their putts and best gopher impressions on the miniature-golf course, or head over to the go-kart track to face off against fellow drivers on a 1,000-foot road-inspired course. Inside the park's huge indoor area, kids play and learn at the Children's Edutainment Center or blast each other with air-propelled balls at the Foam Factory. A game room harks back to the arcades of old with token-fed classics such as Ms. Pac-Man, as well as offering new amusements including a SpongeBob SquarePants game.
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