RSVP Montgomery

Zoom Into Fun

MAY/JUNE 2016

Matt Okarmus
Would you rather spend the weekend zooming around a racetrack or shooting lasers at your friends? Here’s a better question: why not do both? Go Karting Montgomery is the answer to that dilemma. 

One of Montgomery’s relatively newest attractions, the venue specializes in outdoor go karting but also offers up a plethora of other activities including laser tag, indoor bumper cars and indoor mini golf. 

Dr. Don Nguyen (pronounced Wynn), an optometrist who has lived in California, Illinois and Nevada but considers Montgomery to be “home,” owns the location with his wife, Cam, also an optometrist. The idea to open a go kart track came from childhood memories with his father. 

“Go karting began as a hobby then grew into a business. That business eventually evolved into an amusement park,” Nguyen said. “Subconsciously, I was reconstructing my past - memories of my childhood days window shopping with my dad. I was no longer a spectator. I was now a participant in the American Dream.”

The spirit behind Go Karting Montgomery is one all families can enjoy. Who doesn’t like smiling faces behind a zooming go kart? Or the nostalgia of an 80s arcade? Or the classic feeling of being on a Ferris Wheel? Go Karting Montgomery has it all. (Disclaimer: the Ferris Wheel is of the “mini” variety). 

However, the family-friendly aspect of Go Karting Montgomery goes beyond the fun time had on the rides. The website’s disclaimer emphatically states: “don’t be a jerk.”

“We welcome wholesome, family fellowship but will not tolerate any form of hate, discrimination, aggression, arrogance, misconduct or negativity. Positive something is better than negative nothing,” the statement also reads. 

Go Karting Montgomery is only open regularly on Saturdays and Sundays, with weekdays designated for large party reservations. This is due mainly to the owners’ full-time jobs. 

However, the hours also emphasize Nguyen’s point about Go Karting Montgomery being more about the experience than making money. “GKM is practically nonprofit,” he said. “We are open minimally because we all have our full-time careers. It is our way of giving back to the community. Our mission is to create happiness, facilitate memories, bring our community together and inspire positive living through gratitude.”

Since opening in August 2014, Nguyen said he has appreciated the support of the community. “We are grateful for each person who passes through our doors and values what we have to offer,” he said. 

Below is a rundown of what all Go Karting Montgomery does offer: 

● outdoor go karting ● indoor laser tag ● indoor bumper cars ● indoor mini golf ● mini Ferris Wheel ● mini roller coaster ● chuck wagon ride ● 80s video game arcade ● billiard tables ● air hockey tables ● ping pong tables ● foosball ● skeeball ● two party rooms 

Cost for the go karting is $10 for 5 minutes, which will get you about 8-10 laps. The website says the entire racing experience can last about 20-30 minutes, accountinfor signing in, unloading, safety instructions, etc. Also of note - the minimum height requirement is 40 inches, and the maximum capacity is 300 pounds. Cost for the laser tag is $10 for ten minutes with a minimum of three players and a maximum of 20. Payments accepted include cash, Visa, Master Card and Discover. 

With their professional careers in mind, the Nguyens also offer one more valuable attraction: “We are an outreach program that offers free vision screenings to children of all ages,” Nguyen said. “Please come see us for an eye exam. We can change your outlook! Call now for an appointment at 271-2020.”

Go Karting Montgomery is located at 9033 Wares Ferry Road, across from the Pit Stop gas station just before the Wind Creek Montgomery hotel and casino. They are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. on Sundays and by reservation Mondays through Fridays.

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