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Go Kart Date Night Planning 101

by George / 27 August 2014

Go kart racing isn’t just for kids. Sure, adults have access to the real deal as soon as they get a driver’s license, but your daily commute is nothing compared to putting the pedal to the metal, whizzing around a track, and competing against other drivers in a mad dash for the finish line. And if you’re looking to plan an exciting go kart date night, you’ll find more fun than you can shake a stick at with a rousing round of racing at your local go karting complex.

But of course, there will be some go kart date night planning involved if you want to impress that special someone in your life. Whether you’re on a first date or you’re celebrating your tenth anniversary, here are some tips to ensure that your go kart date night offers fun, excitement, and even a dash of romance.

Find an appropriate facility for your go kart date night

There might not be too many options for go karting in your immediate area, but you should take the time to check them out beforehand in order to find the venue that is best suited to your date night. It’s a good idea to look for:

  • Multiple tracks
  • Karts with varying speeds
  • Safety features
  • Storage
  • Discounts

A facility that offers multiple tracks will give you more options for fun, while karts of varying speeds ensure that your date can opt for the comfort and control of a lower-speed race or the heart-pumping action of high-speed competition, depending on preference. Some complexes even offer doubles karts if you and your partner want to ride together!

Safety features like helmets and seat belts are a must. And if you’re not keen to take jackets, purses, and so on with you in the kart, a facility that offers storage lockers has got you covered.

You should also ask about discounts. Some vendors offer package pricing while others charge less per ride if you become a member. And if you go in ahead of time you can get the lay of the land so you know exactly where to go on your go kart date night.

Look for extras

Go karting, in and of itself, can be a fun activity for a couple. But some racing facilities also offer additional opportunities to have a great time via other forms of entertainment. You might find an arcade, a miniature golf course, or even a laser tag arena attached to a go kart complex, and this will ensure that there’s never a moment of boredom on your go kart date night.

Check out food options

Unless you want to go out for dinner before or after your date, it pays to find a go karting facility that offers food. Many offer catering for parties, whether they use their own commercial kitchen or outsource to an off-site caterer. But some also offer food and beverages via a snack bar of some sort, and a few even provide adult beverages, which could make for a well-rounded go kart date night. You might just want to wait to imbibe until after racing.

Understand pricing

The last thing you want to do on a date is run out of cash, so it’s important to understand how pricing works before you go. Often you have options to either pay for races a la carte or purchase packages that allow you to save some money. Or you might sign up for membership to gain access to special pricing options. But it’s always a good idea to know what your date night is going to cost before you head to the track.

Book in advance

This is important. Can you imagine showing up with a date only to discover that races are booked for the night? Sitting on the sidelines while others have fun is a real drag – what you want is a drag race! So call well in advance to book if you want to ensure that your date night goes off without a hitch. If you end up wanting more after you’ve completed your scheduled races, you can always come back for another incredible go kart date night.

Dress appropriately

The main thing to remember when go karting is that you must wear fully enclosed shoes. Pretty much anything else goes. Wearing a dress or a suit might not be entirely comfortable, but it is allowed (although you should probably still opt for casual clothing). And if you have your own helmet (for a motorcycle, for example) you can certainly bring it, although go kart racing facilities generally offer a variety of sizes and styles to ensure protection.

Add your own romance

You might not think that a night at the track for a go kart date night is particularly romantic, as dates go, but competitive activities provide a lot of opportunity for playful flirting. And the fun, casual setting ensures that your date will be all smiles. Plus, you can always head over to the food area for a bite and perhaps an adult beverage once you’re done racing. All you need is a gingham tablecloth and a couple of battery-powered candles to add some romantic atmosphere!

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