When Eisenhower designed the Interstate Highway system, he envisioned a lawless, death-race arena where only the fastest could avoid being killed by mechanical gulls. Experience a thrilling fraction of his racing dream with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a $45 gift card, good for go-karting, games, and pub fare at Tri-State Speedway in Dudley.
Tri-State Speedway's two floors support the indoor thrills of go-kart racing, mini golf, and arcade-button mashing with amusement options for both children and adults. The 22,000-square-foot speedway is equipped with an accurate-timing system for ranking go-kart racers ($11–$17/race). Drivers take 10 turns and floor it down two straightaways in electric karts with 15-horsepower motors, dual rear-disk brakes, and four-point seat harnesses. Three billiards tables ($8/hour) let patrons showcase their mastery of geometry and physics, a bumper-car rink ($3/ride) massages road rage into road goo, and The Islands 18-hole mini-golf course ($6/person) gives putt-putters 1.5 dozen places to hide dimpled eggs. Meanwhile, kiddie karts ($5/race) keep racing safe for youth aged 4 and older, and the playplace serves as a plastic jungle for children to romp through and enact martial law.
This Groupon can also be used for repast at Drafters Sports Cafe, whose menu features spicy jalapeño-and-cheddar-cheese poppers ($5.75) as well as pizzas in the form of pies ($10.50–$13) and slices ($2.25–$3). Racers-in-waiting can also load up on frosty drinks, treats, and snacks at The Hut, next to the upstairs track.
Tires squeal and a 15-horsepower engine hums as its driver cuts through a narrow turn, shaving fractions of a second off the lap. Below the track, a colorful golf ball winds through faux island trees, avoiding walls and stops on its way to an awaiting hole. It's another day at Tri-State Speedway, a multileveled family entertainment center littered with motorized fun for patrons of any age. The upstairs, 22,000-square-foot go-kart track hosts competitive races with karts calibrated for speeds of up to 25 miles per hour. A walk downstairs leads to the island-themed, 9-hole mini-golf course nestled among a large video-game arcade featuring top-of-the-line games, a 1200 sq. ft. play place, bowling lanes, bumper cars, and billiard tables. There's also a roller rink. When fun gives way to hunger, Drafters Sports Cafe's servers and cooks serve finger-friendly pub bites, ice-cold beer, and paper napkins fashioned from losing basketball brackets.