We get it, gamers don’t always like to leave their houses. After all, it’s much easier to play your favorite games from the comfort of your own home. And when it comes to socializing, well, that’s what Xbox One gaming headsets are for right?
That said, there might come a time during the summer when the gamer in your life (e.g., you spouse, friend, or child), or even you, want to take a vacation. And there’s no better way to do this than to incorporate what you love most – video games – into your vacay.
Today we’ve rounded up some of the coolest places around the world you can travel that will excite even the most loyal of gamers. Just don’t forget to bring your favorite summer gadgets along for the ride.
1. Kart Kountry
Go-carting is an all-ages attraction, especially when hit up the largest track in the world. Found in Louisville, Kentucky, this 1.5 mile long track, called Thunder Road, is ready for gamers of all ages. In fact, they have Thunderbolts for those that can drive in real life all the way down to Double-Seat Karts for adults with small children.
If you have someone in your life that loves Mario Kart, or similar racing type games, these other go-carting locations might work too:
- The Track (Branson, MO): enjoy 14 different, multi-level, multi-skilled, multi-age racetracks.
- Andretti Tracks (Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL): family fun for everyone with go-carts, zip-lining, rock climbing, rope courses, a motion theater, and much more.
2. Mammoth Cave
Are you in love with Minecraft? If not, maybe your kids are. If that’s the case, it would make sense to bring your family on an adventure and explore an actual mine during their off-screen time.
And it just so happens that Colorado offers visitors of all kinds dozens of different mining tours:
- Learn about the Gold Rush and check out how they mine for gold these days
- Check out the world’s only vertical mineshaft and get your own gold nugget for braving the tour
- Find out how hard it really is to chip away at gold, and even keep what you find
So, what are you waiting for? Start mining!
Lego games are super popular among the younger crowd these days. That’s why planning a trip to Legoland should be on the bucket list of all people who love all things Lego (yes, even you older gamers!).
The great thing about Legoland is that there are 9 worldwide locations:
- Billund, Denmark
- San Diego, California
- Dubai, UAE
- Orlando, Florida
- Günzburg, Germany
- Nagoya, Japan
- Nusajaya, Malaysia
- New York, USA
- Windsor, England
Because there are so many locations, meeting life-size Lego characters, watching themed shows, and of course, building your own creations out of real Legos is doable for most people.
4. Fortress of Despair
If you’re into puzzles or mazes of any kind, Japan’s Fortress of Despair should be a bucket list item for you.
Located in the Fuji-Q Amusement Park, this maze claims to be inescapable. In fact, no one has ever escaped within the allotted 30-minutes. So, if you’re up for a challenge, this is the place to go.
Other famous mazes found across the globe include Hampton Court, England’s hedge maze (deemed the oldest maze in the world) and Dole Plantation, Hawaii’s Pineapple Garden Maze, created out of pineapple plants and other native flora.
5. CPX Sports
Located in Joliet, Illinois, CPX Sports works hard to bring the essence of video games into their paintball arena. With 2-story buildings, 10 full-scale blocks, abandoned vehicles, and so much more, you and your fellow gamers will feel as though in a real-life video game.
And there you have it! 5 neat places gamers can visit that will bring their love for video games to life.