Channel your inner speed demon on this Real-Life Mario Kart Racetrack

Clifton Hill Niagara/ Facebook

If you gamed at all in the ’90s, then you can vividly recall the joys of Nintendo 64.

More specifically, you know how much fun it was to race against your friends in “Super Mario Kart!

Whether you were Bowser, Princess Peach, Toad or Mario, speeding through crazy tracks teeming with banana peels, Koopa shells, mystery item boxes, mushroom power boosts and other obstacles was a joyous time.


Now, for anyone who ever dreamed of racing Mario-style in real life, there is a go-kart speedway just for you.

Say hello to the Mario Kart-inspired Clifton Hill Niagara Speedway, hailed as Canada’s first elevated go-kart track located in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Picture this: You and your friends, each in a candy-colored kart, racing through four stories of large looped ramps, followed by a two-tiered coaster-style ramp that runs into another spiral before racing down a straightaway to the finish line.

This picture on the Clifton Hill Facebook page makes it look so fun and exhilarating!

This multi-level, 40-foot spiral track features over 2,000 linear feet of racing surface for unleashing everyone’s inner speed demons.

Opened on June 1, 2018, this attraction has already wowed people as the largest elevated go-kart track in North America. Instagram photos like this one show how much fun guests have been having at the speedway:

“The Speedway is a world-class attraction that combines the adrenaline-inducing thrill of kart racing with the remarkable experience of a roller coaster ride,” stated the opening press release.

“It’s like go-karts on steroids,” Harry Oakes, President of HOCO Limited States, said in the release.

“You drive on a road course for a portion of the race and then spiral up … to about 40 feet, and then come down a long hill. Kind of like the way a wooden coaster would be.”

This video tweeted by Clifton Hill features the karts in all their glory:

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And for only $12 per driver (and $4 for riders), it sounds like an exciting time that won’t break the bank.

If racing isn’t your scene, that’s OK.

Niagara Speedway also offers the Game Zone, which features new and old arcade games such as the bean bag toss, Hoops FX, Skee-Ball and more.

Some savvy gamers, like this grinning boy featured on the Clifton Hill Instagram account, can win big at the arcade:

And there’s so much more for the whole family to enjoy at Clifton Hill. Check out Dinosaur Adventure Golf, Movieland Wax Museum or Strike Rock N’ Bowl.

Thrill-seekers will want to ride the Wild West Coaster, which features special-effects technology like stereoscopic imaging, intense wind effects and light effects that make for a truly immersive experience. Check it out in this video:

Of course, you’ll also want to take in the natural beauty of Niagara Falls while you’re in the area, and Clifton Hills has a fun way to do it: Spend the day at their Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, located directly across the street from Niagara Falls.

There’s even a zip line you can take down the falls.

Even just the views of the falls — like this glorious one captured in the autumn and posted to Instagram — make the trip worthwhile:

Who’s down to race?

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