Think of The Track as a permanent fair: In addition to five Go Kart courses, there’s also bumper boats, mini golf, a carousel, a Ferris Wheel, a Red Baron Plane ride for youngsters, a family-friendly arcade, simulated skydiving and more. This chain of family fun activities (the other two locations are in Pigeon Forge, TN and Gulf Shores, AL) is right off Emerald Coast Parkway (Highway 98) east of downtown Destin near Henderson Beach State Park.
One of the most popular rides is the three-story Wild Woody, a slatted wooden figure-8 format race track where family members can rev engines in single or double seated cars, waving from overpasses as they compete for the finish. Set amid palms, the elaborate – if a bit kitschy – Surfin’ Safari Golf course takes visitors under multi-tiered waterfalls, past giant giraffe and elephant statues and challenges them to putt through a miniature windmill.
Unless you’re strictly interested in mini golf or the carousel, however, chances are someone in the family won’t be able to partake: The park maintains strict height and age requirements that vary by ride. The Kid’s Country section of the park is most suitable for kids under five and has nine rides including a Kiddie Kart race track.
The Track is open daily year-round, but hours shift seasonally: during Spring and Summer The Track opens between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and often doesn’t close until 10 p.m. Run like a carnival, each ride or attraction costs a set number of points – points can be purchased singly for around $.92 or in value packs of up to 144 points. The larger Go Kart track and mini golf cost 9 points per person, bumper rides are six and many of the younger kids’ rides are around three points.