Andretti Indoor Karting races ahead of the San Antonio-area go-kart pack
There’s nothing like a legendary name in auto racing to signal a new era of go-kart fun in San Antonio.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games, named after racing great Mario Andretti, starts its engines with the Saturday grand opening of its new San Antonio location, featuring a fleet of high-speed electric karts and a split-level track straight out of a giant’s Hot Wheels collection. The sprawling three-level course sports multiple hairpin turns and straightaways, where serious kart racers can reach speeds of up to 45 mph.
The new 100,000-square-foot Andretti facility also houses arcade games and several bowling lanes, as well as laser tag, a Hologate virtual reality attraction and interactive XD Dark Ride, and an elevated ropes course with a zip line. There’s also a full-service bar and restaurant, plus an indoor food truck park for refueling.
No question, go-kart racing in San Antonio has come a long way from those dusty days at the old Malibu Grand Prix. But the Andretti complex isn’t the only hotspot to exorcise those speed demons. Here’s some more info on the latest go-kart addition to San Antonio, along with details on a few other go-kart go-to’s in and around town.
Andretti Indoor Karting & Games
Conquer Andretti’s twisty tri-level course in electric BIZ Karts, which run as fast as 45 mpg for adult-level racers ages 13 and older, and 25 miles per hour for junior-level racers ages 7 and up. Littler ones at least 3 feet tall can race special “Mini Mario” karts on a pear-shaped junior track. Single race rates for non-members are $21.95 for adult, $17.95 for junior, and $5.95 for “Mini Mario” races.
5527 N Loop 1604 W, 210-469-0700, andrettikarting.com/sanantonio
Neither rain nor sleet nor snow will hinder K1 Speed racers from the swift completion of their desired laps, thanks to a winding ¼-mile indoor track that lets you gun it up to 45 mph. There’s even a drift night every other Wednesday for adult drivers to show off their fast and furious sliding skills. K1 offers electric go-karts for drivers at least 58 inches tall, with smaller and slightly slower junior models for those at least 48 inches tall. A single race runs $22 for 12 to 14 laps.
6955 NW Loop 410, 210-802-0802, k1speed.com
Alamo Karts in Boerne features a 1/3mile, 24-foot wide asphalt track for competitive and novice racers alike, ages 12 and older. Slip into a propane-powered RiMO Alpha-Kart and shoot for speeds of up to 35 miles per hour as you race against the clock or each other. Races are $20 per 10 minute race, which covers 12 to 15 laps.
25600 I-10 West, 210-828-5511, alamokarts.com
Green Acres Golf & Games
In addition to a couple of 18-hole courses and other amusements, Green Acres also sports an outdoor go-kart track with about a quarter-mile of thrills for single-driver and two-seat racers. Those gas-powered rides top out at 15 mph, though the track’s just slick enough to pull off slides. Go-karts run $7 per driver, who must be at least 54 inches tall. Passengers are $1.50, provided they’re at least 42 inches tall and the driver is at least 16 years old.
9782 U.S. 87 East, 210-649-4653, greenacresgolfandgames.com
San Antonio’s Incredible Pizza Company
Incredible Pizza also serves up indoor go-kart racing, albeit at a more kid-friendly pace. Electric karts go full-speed at about 14 mph for drivers at least 14 years old and 54 inches tall, and 8 miles per hour for junior racers at least 50 inches tall. The junior race allows passengers between 40 and 50 inches tall, provided the driver is at least 18 years old. Races run $7 for eight laps against seven other racers.
11743 West Avenue, 210-610-6086, incrediblepizza.com/san-antonio
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Roller coasters and splash rides aren’t the only zippy thrills at Fiesta Texas. The theme park also features a full-size outdoor speedway for go-kart racing. Choose from a single-seat racer for drivers at least 58 inches tall, or have someone ride shotgun with you in a wider racer, provided that passenger is at least 42 inches tall. Go-kart rates are $9.99 per cart for a one-time ride, $29.99 for an all-day pass purchased online, and $39.99 for an all-season pass. Go-kart rates are in addition to park admission.
17000 I-10 West, 210-697-5000, sixflags.com/fiestatexas
René A. Guzman is a features writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @reneguz