|Jack Lowrie is wide-eyed and ready to hit the track.|
Article and photos by Melissa Lowrie
If you’re looking for lights, action and noise, Andretti’s Indoor Karting is going to be perfect for you. In Roswell on Alpharetta Highway, Andretti’s is a hybrid facility made for adults, but is also appealing to children.
Andretti’s website showcases not only the indoor karting (what I called go-karts as a kid) but also a restaurant and Sky Bar. Everything from corporate group meetings to kids’ birthday parties is offered. As a parent looking for something to do, I found it, but if you go, don’t forget your wallet, earplugs and coat.
We went solely for the karting; kids 8 to 15 years old and at least 48 inches tall can drive their own kart on the junior track. This track is in the same location as the adult track, but is a small oval shape compared to the much larger adult track featuring plenty of twists and turns.
|In case you feel the need to suit up, track suits are provided for adult racers.|
We went on a Friday after school, and unbeknownst to me, my kids couldn’t ride until the first race - 5:15 p.m. Luckily (or unluckily, some may say), there were over 100 video games to pass the time. Everything was available from old-school Pac Man and skee-ball to all the latest and greatest including a claw-type game that would score you an iPad or Xbox if you won.
Simply head to the front desk where you sign the waivers to drive, and one of the employees will fill up a card with any amount of money you’d like to spend. All the games accept these cards (no quarters or tokens) and the games range from 50 cents to a couple of dollars.
There was no way to procure a simple snack; I had to venture into the restaurant’s bar to buy three insanely expensive Cokes. I’d suggest having a snack or meal before you go, or eat at the restaurant if you’re so inclined.
When it was finally time for the kids’ race, they went to get fitted for helmets and were then sent out to the track. The track is loud and cold; if it’s cool outside, it’s likely to be cool in the track area. The vents are open to keep the air flowing, so don’t leave your jacket in the car.
We paid for one race for each child ($15 per driver), which lasted about 15 minutes. There were only four kids on the track, but I got the feeling they would have added additional children if there were more paying parents. My 8-year-old son “loved it.” The karts were fun and fast in his opinion. My 9-year-old daughter had the opposite experience and “didn’t like it.” Too frightening, she said, and there was an aggressive driver on the track that kept bumping her (she was never in danger, but it was not enjoyable).
After our visit, I’d say save this spot for your teens or tween boys. If drivers are 16 years old or older with a valid driver’s license, they can drive on the adult track and will probably have a blast. Check the website for more details, www.andrettikarting.com.