Sports & Recreation

Best Amusement Park 

NASCAR SpeedPark

St. Louis is not without amusement areas that possess their own unique charm, but there ain't no how, no way any of them could top a theme park that has something called the Tot Rods. All right, so it's just a circular course stocked with kid-size classic cars, and there's no paint-swapping allowed — and on top of that, you're too big to even bother standing in line. But the NASCAR SpeedPark has about a jillion other things to do. Fancy carnival games of chance? Yup, they've got 'em, and some of them look to have been transported from a mid-'70s hillbilly county fair, particularly the Big Bertha beanbag toss (it must be seen to be believed). Is Lazer Tag making a comeback? Who cares — at NASCAR SpeedPark it never went out of style! Rock climbing has nothing to do with Talladega, but a two-story rock wall awaits your scramble. Of course, some go to the NASCAR SpeedPark expecting NASCAR-themed events. Literalists. There are indeed five courses for you to race on, but you only care about two of them. The Champion is the indoor, figure-eight course that climbs two stories and wraps around the arcade area, and it shakes with the thunder of open-cockpit electric cars. But you'll probably want to head straight for the Mini-Motor Speedway: A three-quarter-mile oval for five-eighths-scale Nextel Cup model cars, a course so serious you need to be at least sixteen years old and have a valid driver's license to get behind the wheel. Now all you need to do is line up a sponsor, grow some sideburns and declare your hatred of Tony Stewart.

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