After a long winter, is there anything sweeter than some quality outdoor time with the family? A light breeze in your hair, the warm sun on your skin, and the scent of…exhaust fumes? Well, not if you’re in the lead!

These Go-Karts aren’t Kids’ Stuff

If the thought of go-karts brings to mind kids puttering around an oval track at a speed that could best be described as a fast walk, then you need to get to Pigeon Forge, because these go-karts are all grown up. You’ll find dozens of tracks that offer a variety of thrills to keep everyone’s adrenalin pumping, whether you’re a go-kart fan from way back or a rookie.

Speed Zone offers an unusual experience with their elevated, wooden tracks. Not only will you face hairpin turns and speed-gathering straightaways, but they’ve included lots of dips and hills and corkscrew turns to add to the action. It’s like a roller coaster you can drive.

But for real speed, be sure to stop by Star Tracks’ road course. Do you have the nerve to take on the fastest go-kart track in Pigeon Forge? With just enough space to get up to a heart-pounding 40 miles per hour before barreling into a curve, you’ll experience a truly thrilling ride.

Race fans get their own fun day at NASCAR Speed Track of Sevierville. If your Sundays are devoted to racing and 3 is your favorite number, then you won’t want to miss a chance to play NASCAR driver for a day. Climb inside a 3/8-scale version of a Sprint Cup car and test your skills on the quarter-mile oval track. Win or lose, a few turns around this track is sure to be the highlight of any racing fan’s vacation.

Plenty of Family Fun to Go Around

Kids love go-karts, too, and there are plenty of opportunities for rookie drivers to get a taste of the action. NASCAR Speed Track’s Baby Bristol is just right for pint-size drivers. At 200 feet, it’s perfect for your youngster’s first solo run. Older kids who crave the speed but aren’t yet ready to take the controls can ride along with mom or dad on the Family 500 track in a go-kart built for two.

If you grow tired of nonstop racing action, there’s plenty more to see and do at these attractions as well. Take a leisurely spin in a bumper boat, head to the arcade for some virtual fun, or gear up for a rousing game of laser tag. With hundreds of video games, skee ball, and other arcade favorites on site, you’ll have a hard time pulling the kids away – and maybe the grownups as well.

Pack up the family and head to the Great Smoky Mountains this spring for a vacation adventure that will thrill even the bravest of speed demons. Whether it’s go-karts, bumper boats, or an imitation NASCAR track, you’ll definitely have plenty of opportunity to satisfy your need for speed.

Author's Bio: 

Jim Watson is Owner of Timbercreek Cabins offering lodging near Pigeon Forge. Cabin rentals are now available. Visit http://www.timbercreekcabins.com today for a complete listing of cabin rentals. © 2012, All Rights Reserved