Thrill seekers invented kart racing after seeing how much fun dogs had chasing their tails in an endless circle. Eat your own dust with today’s Groupon: for $26, you get an entertainment package for two at Track 21 (up to a $56.70 value). This package includes:
- Indoor kart racing for two (up to an $18 value/person)
- Head gear for two (a $2 value/person)
- Laser tag for two (a $7 value/person)
- Two sodas (a $1.35 value each)
Track 21 adrenalizes bodies with fast-paced, competitive entertainment including indoor karting, laser tag, and virtual-reality video games. Track marshals provide a safety briefing before the 1,100-foot Formula One track confronts each experienced, licensed driver 16 and older with 13 exacting corners and black-cat obstacles specially designed to remove luck from the equation. Junior drivers ages 8 and older sit low within the steel-and-rubber safety framing of GT-5 Sodikarts as they whirl furiously through wider lanes and nine bends of the Indy track. The venue provides all necessary safety gear, including hefty helmets and crews of monitors, allowing racers to fearlessly cut lose and let engines roar during the 10-minute rounds.
For blacklight warriors, a labyrinth of barriers, barrels, and bases wends through the 8,000-square-foot urban-style laser-tag arena, pitting two teams of players and one Minotaur with a subway map against each other across 15-minute blast-fests. Flashing vests worn by participants ages 8 and older make tantalizing targets in the darkness, where drifting fog and wailing sirens shroud enemy movements, and an active vest display lets competitors know their progress in their quest to dole out cosmic comeuppance.
Track 21’s prices vary throughout the week.
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.