In ancient Rome, citizens celebrated their final birthdays with go-chariot races and rousing games of gladiator tag. Today's Groupon preserves that fun-loving spirit with safer substitutions: for $15, you get an indoor kart race and laser-tag game at Track 21 (a $27 value for adults, $24 for kids).
Drivers looking for high-octane thrills not provided by carousel horses can strap into Track 21's high-performance karts for a 10-minute race around one of two state-of-the-art kart tracks ($18 for those 16 and older with a valid driver's license, $15 for children 8 and older). The F1 track, a technical-driver's paradise, snakes 1,100 feet of track around a racer's dozen worth of sharp corners. The Indy track bends 225 feet of wide-open road around nine corners, suitable for novice speedsters. Track 21 uses Sodikarts, which are constructed of steel and fully padded with bumbers and rubber blocks. The adult versions can reach top speeds of more than 40 miles per hour, while junior karts cap out at around 20 miles per hour. Motorists not legally old enough to enjoy the rights of voting in local elections must meet waiver requirements. Included in the Groupon are mandatory headsocks ($2), while post-victory champagne showers are optional.
Track 21's laser tag ($7 for non-members) drops players into an anything-goes warzone of infrared crossfire and hastily determined hand signals. As fog shrouds the corridors of the two-story, 8,000-square-foot Area 21 arena in shadows and smoke, players must avoid the tazes and tags of snipers hiding behind black-lighted barriers and barrels, all while trying to hit enemies or unlikable teammates on targets located on players' shoulders, backs, chests, and laser weapons. Games run 15 minutes, but infrared badges of courage last essentially a lifetime based on the half-life of infrared badges of courage.
Four Yahoo! Locals give Track 21 an average of 3.5 stars.
- Is a great place for a party or brush up on your racing skillz. The tracks and karts are very competitive and are a lot more race-oriented than any other kart place I've been to and won't break down at random. – need4speed, Yahoo! Local
- Was hooked from the first day. It is even better when the two tracks are combined. – nomercyambulance, Yahoo! Local
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.
4815 Hwy 6 North
Houston, Texas 77084Get Directions