Mario Kart-style racetrack now open for the season in Niagara Falls


Published March 13, 2023 at 1:55 pm

Spring must be coming because the Niagara Speedway opened up on Friday for another season of go-kart fun.

There’s any number of reasons people believe that despite the weather, spring is just around the corner.

For some, it’s the start of major league baseball’s Spring Training in Florida – after all, the word is right in the description.

However, in Niagara Falls, it’s a sure sign that spring is almost here when Niagara Speedway (4960 Clifton Hill) reopens for the season.

With March Break upon us, the world-class attraction that combines the adrenaline inducing thrill of kart racing with the remarkable experience of a roller coaster ride officially opened on Friday (March 11) so tourists could enjoy it as the vacation began.

Towering over 42 feet high with three stacked full circles at one end, the colourful go-karts race up to a maximum speed of 32 km/h with enough leg room for people of all heights.

Located at the top of the “Street of Fun,” the Niagara Speedway is North America’s largest elevated go-kart track facility, often dubbed a “Mario-Kart” inspired racetrack.

“The race begins with your selection of solo or double seater go-kart after performing any pre-race rituals strap in!” says the attraction.

“Begin the race amid a pack of go-karts as the race lights countdown. Burn rubber and make other go-karts eat dust as you test your driving skills along the straight away, negotiate the hair-pin turns and climb the elevated ramp as you as you revv your engine and head for the checkered flag!”

Drivers pay $12 per race (roughly five minutes) while passengers pony up $4. Tickets are purchased on site.

Here’s a look from behind the wheel.

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