If you are thinking about spending an afternoon racing go-karts, Greenville, SC has a couple of venues nearby that offer indoor or outdoor karting. So, grab the kids for a bonding session, your significant other for a date, or your arch nemesis for a karting throwdown. Either way, check out this list of places where you can go karting in the Upstate.
Places with Go Karts: Greenville, SC & Spartanburg, SC
Greenville Location: 1524 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville | 864.412.3323
Spartanburg Location: 130 East Daniel Morgan Avenue, Spartanburg | 864.447.4000
These are the tracks that make you feel like a pro! Speed Factory Locations offer one track each. The Spartanburg track switches between three different layouts, and the Greenville switches between two. These are indoor karts, so you never have to worry about bad weather. Children ages 11-17 can qualify to race by completing the Jr Driving Academy course, free of charge.
Annual Licensing fee – $5
Race Prices – 1 race / $25.50, 2 races/$49.99, 3 races/$62.25, 4 races/$75.50
45 Park Woodruff Dr, Greenville, SC | 864.627.9888
You will find three outdoor go-karting tracks at Frankie’s Fun Park. They have a large Road Course track that you can ride single or double, an advanced Drifter track, and a Rookie Track for younger drivers to practice their karting skills. The Drifter track does require drivers to be at least 16 years old.
Frankie’s is an excellent way to get younger drivers used to go-karting since the Road Course allows kids under 48″ to ride alongside a parent in a double kart. Kids must be 48″ tall to drive a kart on the Road Course, and 56″ tall to drive solo on the Rookie Course.
The Rookie course is $8 per rider
Road Course and the Drifter track are both $9 per rider.
1025 Woodruff Road f102, Greenville, SC | 864.551.4933
Did you know that Urban Air has an indoor go-karting? It is included in the Platinum Attractions admission price, so your kids and teens can enjoy the entire facility and also get better at go-karting. It is also a great way for adults to have fun while the kids run around on the trampolines. Parents must sign a waiver for all kids playing at Urban Air, but you can do that ahead of time online.
$39.36 for Platinum Attractions (all attractions).
How to Have Competitive Fun With Go Karts: Greenville, SC Specific
Do you have someone in your life, that you’re always competing with?
A friend, a sibling, or a co-worker? Are you looking for that perfect activity to establish dominance over them and prove once and for all that you reign supreme?
Well I do, it’s my co-worker at Kidding Around. Kristina is the best at everything she does. So, I have initiated a three-step plan to challenge her to a Go-Karting throw-down. If I am successful I will have earned the right to tease her endlessly.
Find all the places I can hone my karting skills in the Upstate. There are several, and to be the best of the best I feel like I need to experience every track possibility.
Practice , practice, practice!
Speed Factory offers discounted nights, so that will help because I will need to go frequently.
No matter which facility you choose, there are some things you should remember. Closed-toed shoes are mandatory and you must have your state-issued driver’s license at Speed Factory to have the most fun. If you are challenging a younger sibling and want to level the playing field, they can attend a free qualifying course so they can race as an adult.
You can race against other people on the track until you have the best time in the Upstate.
Once you feel like you have mastered the track, it’s time to issue the challenge. While it might take a bit longer than you wish to get to this step, trust me your patience will pay off. Don’t forget you’re in it for the long game.
When the day at the track arrives, don’t be nervous, you’ve trained for this moment. Don’t forget to have a fully charged battery for your camera so that the entire glorious culmination of your training can be captured for all to see.
When you successfully finish first, be humble. Thank them for accepting your challenge, and then treat them to their favorite treat at Rocky Moo.
We hope you are successful in your karting throw-down! If not, don’t worry there are plenty of other beautiful places to live in South Carolina.
Who do you plan to take karting?
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