While the Outer Banks is known for its beautiful beaches and exciting watersports, there are plenty of things to do on the island if you are not a water fan. With a group of islands as big as the OBX in North Carolina, there is something that everyone in the family or group will love.
Once you’ve settled into your vacation rental home and are eager to get your getaway started, we’re sure you’ll have more than your fair share of fun regardless as to where in the Outer Banks you’re staying.
Other than enjoying miniature golf, one of our favorite past times is riding go-carts. There is nothing quite like zooming past your friends and family while your heart and body are racing.
Here are a few options for riding go-karts on the island.
Featuring a large racing track, offering single, double, and junior go-karts, there are enough accommodations for the entire family. The junior go-karts will run until 4:30 pm each day to ensure no junior drivers will get hurt.
For the more tame crowds, they offer freestanding, gas-powered bumper cars too.
Next to the track, there is an onsite arcade to enjoy during your wait or after your ride. The race track is open from April through mid-September. They book up quickly so make sure to call ahead for current wait times.
While you’re in Corolla, you and your family need to add a visit to see the wild horses to your list!
- Address: 796 Sunset Boulevard, Timbuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
- Phone: (252) 453-9100
- Website: corollaraceway.com
Corolla Adventure Golf & Bumper Cars
Spend a day at the Corolla Adventure Golf & Bumper Cars. Choose from one of their Corolla- themed mini-golf courses, including a miniature Whalehead and Currituck Beach Lighthouse, or play all three courses.
For those who came for an adrenaline rush, try out the Spin Zone bumper cars. After a long day of playing golf and bumper cars, head over to the snack bar and enjoy a sweet treat.
- Address: 810 Ocean Trail, Corolla
- Phone: (252) 453-7777
Frisco Mini-Golf and Go-Karts
Located only 1.5 miles south of Buxton the Frisco recreational facility, offers a mini-golf course that has 18 holes in a natural setting with waterfalls and a fish pond.
There are two different go-cart tracks, a slick track for those who are trying to race, and a family track that is great for younger children. All individual riders must be at least 54 inches tall, however, smaller children are allowed to ride with an adult.
There is also a game room, a hurricane simulator, and a concession stand for those uninterested in riding go-carts. They are open from 11 Am to 11 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 pm to 11 pm on Sunday.
- Address: 50212 Trent Lake Lane and N.C. Highway 12, Frisco
- Phone: (252) 995-6325
- Website: https://friscominigolfandgokarts.vpweb.com/default.html
Full Throttle Speedway
If you are longing for the need for speed, Full Throttle Speedway is the perfect place for you to visit on your Outer Banks vacation. As one of our favorite things to do in Nags Head, we’re certain you and your family will love it, too.
Full Throttle offers gas-powered, Indy-style go-karts and has two different tracks. There is a figure eight track and a oval slick-track for those who are wanting a bit of an adrenaline rush.
The carts can seat one or two people with a height minimum of 50 inches to ride alone, and 55 inches for the slick track. The junior racers are also available for the younger children. They are open from April through September.
- Address: 6504 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 15.5, Nags Head
- Phone: (252) 441-4499
- Website: https://obxfamilyfun.com/full-throttle-speedway/
Nags Head Raceway
Nags Head Raceway is said to be the ultimate Indy track. For those who are looking for a more fast and furious track, this is the place for you.
There are the options for one or two seater cars as well as many other activities on site. enjoy the bumper cars or arcade with video games and a concession stand with icecream while waiting for your turn to ride.
They also have sister facilities for putt putt for those not interested in racing on the go-kart track.
- Address: 7000 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 16, Nags Head
- Phone: (252) 480-4639
Paradise Fun Park
Not all fun happens at the beach or in the sand in Kill Devil Hills. There’s a lot of things to do in this quaint beach town.
Paradise Fun Park offers not only a spine zone for bumper car rides, but also 2 different 18 hole Paradise golf courses too. The park has single or double go-kart rides as well as an arcade inside of the building. There is truly something to do for everyone in the family. So if you aren’t interested in testing out your need for speed on the go-kart track, try out your need for speed with a game of air hockey or skeeball.
- Address: 3300 N Croatan Hwy Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
- Phone: (252) 441-7626
Hit the Track in the Outer Banks
No matter what path your Outer Banks vacation takes you on, a quick race around the track is a must.
The adventure parks in the OBX are unlike any other. Go with friends or take the whole family, you will have a great time from the minute you step in the door. Feel your adrenaline rush with your indoor and outdoor family fun, while you race around the track.
You can even see a few more areas on the island like Duck, Kitty Hawk, and Hatteras Island while you are driving to one of your favorite fast track parks. We hope to see you soon out on the island or the tracks.