You might not be ready for the hairpin turns and high speeds of famed Talladega Superspeedway, but you’ll find plenty of opportunities to enjoy racing on a smaller scale at Alabama's various go-kart tracks. While most of the racing venues are tucked away in the Heart of Dixie's northern region, a handful of tracks are along the southern coast. If you want to drive the kart, make sure you bring a photo ID as some facilities are strict about adhering to age requirements.
Based in Birmingham, iJump 280 Family Fun Center is a 20,000-square-foot indoor entertainment zone with inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses, a rock-climbing wall and arcade. A ticket for the go-karts allows you take four laps around the indoor track. The electric karts are small and limited to passengers between 44 and 60 inches tall. The venue is only open on weekends. The year-round, 4-acre TreeTop Family Adventure, also in Birmingham, is a large complex with a miniature golf course, miniature bowling alley and laser-tag arena. The outdoor track has full-size go-karts. Drivers must be at least 56 inches, but passengers can be any height.
Trussville Playstation is in the suburb of Trussville, 20 minutes northeast of Birmingham. The facility is outfitted with batting cages, a miniature golf course, laser-tag arena and indoor roller-skating rink. Take a spin around the outdoor go-kart track in a single or double kart. To drive the single karts, you must be 46 inches and at least 7 years old; double karts require drivers be at least 58 inches and 10 years old. The venue sometimes closes for private parties so call ahead for schedules. Sonny’s Family Fun Center is in Jasper, 40 minutes northwest of Birmingham. In addition to batting cages, a miniature golf course and arcade with redeemable prizes, the facility has an outdoor go-kart track with single and double cars. Kids ages 6 and 7 are restricted to driving the smaller rookie cars, while passengers ages 8 and older may drive the single karts. You must be 16 to drive a passenger in the double karts.
Make your way to the Gulf Coast for a trip to Adventure Island in Orange Beach. Try your hand at one of the two mini-golf courses, enjoy a ride on bumper boats or paddleboats and take a five-minute drive around the outdoor go-kart track. You must be at least 54 inches tall to drive and at least 15 years old to drive a passenger. Passengers under the age of 3 are not allowed. The Track Family Recreation Center in Gulf Shores has five tracks for drivers, including those reserved for kiddie and rookie cars, which children as young as 4 years old may drive. The park has a three-story wooden track with spirals and a long track with overpasses.
Tucked away in the northern part of Alabama is the small town of Cullman, home to Funzone, an entertainment complex with an inflatables playground, miniature train ride and batting cages. The venue has a kiddie go-kart track for those between the ages of 3 and 6 . There are rookie karts for kids between ages 7 and 12, and larger cars for 13 and older. The track may be rented for private parties for 30-minute durations. Southern Adventures is in the city of Huntsville, 30 minutes from the Tennessee border. The facility’s go-kart track has rookie cars for those at least 48 inches tall and adult cars for those measuring at least 60 inches. The park also has two miniature golf courses, a small water park with slides and splash pads, and carnival rides such as bumper cars and mini-coasters.