High Caliber Karting and Entertainment is one of the best places for indoor go karting in Michigan and is also a unique thing to do in the Lansing area that’s perfect for the whole family!
High Caliber is one of the newest attractions to surface in the Lansing area opening a 80,000 sq ft space inside of the Meridan Mall in Okemos back in 2020 (rough timing) before expanding it an additional 25,000 sq ft back in 2021.
It has been rated as the #1 indoor action & entertainment park in Michigan, so I wanted to visit to see what the hype was about!
Let me start out by saying, that I was invited by High Caliber Karting and Entertainment and they kindly hooked my family up with the All Access Day Pass (more on this below), and while having access to everything inside of the facilities did enhance our overall experience, all opinions inside of this review are my own.
My group was completely entertained from the time we arrived at 6 pm until we left which wasn’t until 10:30 pm and while we got to do most of the activities offered, we ran out of time to do a couple of them. That’s just a testament to how MUCH there is to do at High Caliber!
Below I’ll go over all of the different attractions offered, the pricing and packages, and at the end a walk-through of my experience including my personal favorite activities. So let’s get started, shall we?
Attractions at High Caliber Karting and Entertainment
On top of the go karting there are so many other additional activities and games that I’ve included a brief description of each of them below so you can get an early idea of what you might enjoy by the time you get to the pricing and packing options it’ll be easier to decide how to get the most value for your money.
Indoor Go Karts
High Caliber has the fastest indoor electric go karts in Michigan. With their quick acceleration, you can reach speeds of up to 50 mph in just seconds! There are two different go kart tracks, the red track which is longer and has more opportunities to go at high speeds, and the blue track which is shorter and curvy to test your technical abilities.
You can check out all of the details on their website here.
Combat Karting is another option that uses the world’s first and only Infinity Combat System (TM), which is able to simulate a first-person shooter go karting experience as if you were in Mario Kart.
Important: You must have close-toed shoes in order to ride.
Throw your real axe at timber targets and keep score based on accuracy. Or take advantage of the unique projector system and play Tic-Tac-Toe, Connect4, or Zombie Hunter!
There is a lot of open space and axe throwing alleys so it is unlikely that it will ever feel too crowded! You can even scan the QR code from your lane and order drinks and food without having to go get it yourself!
Ever heard of Fowling? Well that name is trademarked by the Detroit-based inventor but Throwbowling is the same thing. You use a football and try and knock over 10 bowling pins set up on the opposite side of the room.
- Gellyball Blasters -An amped-up version of Nerf gun wars! Each player gets a gun filled with small gel pellets that you can attack and unleash on the other team for the duration of 5 minutes! You can try and hide behind the barricades but it’s the arena is a free for all!
- Pocket Soccer – A play on billiards except that it’s life-sized and you use your feet to kick miniature soccer balls into the pockets!
- Archery Tag – Face off against the opposing team of up to 5 players on the battlefield and try to knock each other out with foam-tipped arrows.
- Arcade – This one is pretty self-explanatory! Take your pick at classic arcade games from Pac-man to air hockey.
Take your stress out in the Rage Room! Put on your full-body safety gear, grab a weapon of choice, and smash various breakables such as glassware, plates, vases, and more! You can even upgrade to have a wack at even more satisfying electronic items like flat-screen TVs or printers.
Food & Amenities At High Caliber Karting
There are two full-service bars on each side of the facility which is very convenient because you can grab food or drinks whenever without so much walking back and forth depending on where you’re at in the space.
The drink menu includes domestic beer and wine as well as cocktails. For food, you can find all of the typical bar food offerings like waffle fries, tater tots, nachos, burgers, chicken tenders, tacos, and pizza.
We had already eaten dinner before we came so I unfortunately can’t review the food.
The bar inside of the Double Clutch Lounge is around the corner from the Thowbowling and Axe Throwing. Every Friday night this is where Kareooke is hosted. You can also check the calendar for other upcoming events including Trivia Night.
Note: The kitchen hours are from Monday to Thursday from 3 pm to close and Friday to Sunday from 12 pm to close.
Planning a party, a fun work event, or celebrating something? High Caliber would be the perfect place to host your event. There are various VIP rooms, personalized activity packages, and full-service catering. You can see more details and/or fill out a request form here!
Pricing & How to Choose a Package
At High Caliber Karting you can pay for individual activities or choose one of the bundle options or passes to get more for your money. Below I have broken down the cost, what is included in the cost, and who I think that option is best suited for.
Note: At the time of writing this the prices listed below reflect the current prices and packages offered. High Caliber changes prices seasonally to keep up with demand so make sure to check their website for the most up-to-date prices.
All Access Day Pass
- Cost: $75 USD for adults and juniors (13+) or $60 USD for children and minis (5-12)
- Inclusions: 3 go-kart races and unlimited Throwbowling, Axe Throwing, and Pocket Soccer. Plus access to the Rage Room and Battlefield (where you play Gellyball Blasters and Archery Tag) all day long!
- Best for: First-timers looking to try a little bit of everything OR those who want to race at least 3 times because 3 races purchased individually is around $75 USD WITHOUT any other activity inclusions.
We experienced the All Access Day Pass and even though most of us had been go karting before we hadn’t tried the rest of these activities anywhere else so this was the perfect opportunity to see what we liked and what we didn’t like.
If we had paid for the activities individually I feel like we would’ve spent way more than necessary or not have tried certain things that I normally wouldn’t gravitate towards like Gellyball Blasters which ended up being really fun!
That being said if you don’t plan to stay all day, only want to race once or twice, and/or add on some of the cheaper activities like Pocket Soccer or Axe Throwing then the $75 USD for the All Access Day Pass wouldn’t really be worth the money.
Top 3 Package
- Cost: $60 USD for all ages 13+
- Inclusions: a single go-kart race, and unlimited axe throwing and throwbowling
- Best for: Those who primarily want to go axe throwing and throwbowling as you only get to race once
- Cost: $25 USD for one race or $48 USD for two races for ages 8+. $30 USD for Combat Karting for ages 8+, or $15 USD for Mini Go Kart Racing for ages 5 and up.
- Best for: Quick visits or for those who only care about going karting 1 to 3 times
The Battle Field
- Cost: $12 USD per person for your choice of playing Gellyball Blaster, Archery Tag, or Dodgeball. $5 USD more for an additional Gellyball Ammo
- Inclusions: 5-6 minute game
- Best for: Large groups and competitive individuals but you can also play 1v1 if you wish
Note: Access to the Battle Field is included in the $75 USD All Access Day Pass. Extra ammo is additional.
- Cost: $40 USD for 1 person and a $10 USD price increase for each additional person in the room up to 4 people
- Inclusions: 15-minute session with a variety of shatterables and choice of “rage music”
- Upgrades: $2 to $50 USD to add on more items or larger breakable electronics like TVs or printers
- Best for: Trying something new, stress relief, team building
Note: Access to the Rage Room is included in the $75 USD All Access Day Pass. Extra shatterable is additional.
- Cost: $25 USD for Axe Throwing, $15 USD for Throwbowling, $5 USD for Pocket Soccer
- Inclusions: Unlimited play all day from open to close. If there is someone in line you will have to leave after your 30-minute session ends and re-enter the line.
- Best for: For those who want to add on to individual go kart rides or returning visitors or those in your group who have no interest in go-karting
Note: Access to the Unlimited activities is included in the $75 USD All Access Day Pass.
My personal experience at High Caliber Karting and Entertainment
We arrived at High Caliber around 6 pm and stayed until around 10:30 at night. Once we filled out our go kart waivers were recommended to head over to one of the stations to sign up in advance for our first go kart race because they tend to book up the later it gets in the evening.
We picked a time slot for our race on the red track and while we waited we decided to explore a bit and ended up trying Pocket Soccer. At first, it was tricky to control the power and direction of the mini soccer ball but once we caught on it was really fun and competitive! I’d love to see this game become more popular in other places!
Note: Walking from one end of the facility to the other takes between 5 to 10 minutes so make sure to give yourself enough time to get back to your scheduled activity if you’re doing something else while waiting.
At this point, it was time to walk over to the race track. It had been a few years since I had gone go karting so I’m not going to lie, I was a little bit nervous but also excited to race!
Since it was our first race of the day we first had to watch a short safety video that also gave us instructions on how to use the karts.
I’ll admit, I didn’t finish with a very fast time but it was still very exhilarating to navigate the course!
After our race, we signed up for a Gellyball Blaster Battle and another race for later in the evening, meanwhile, we spent a chunk of time throwbowling and axe throwing which were both a lot of fun!
For axe throwing they use a projector for the scoreboard so you can play different versions including Zombie Hunter, Tic Tac Toe, and Connect4. We’re traditionalists when it comes to classic games so we stuck with the original but we did like how the bullseye location changes each round.
After another fun race in the books (no I didn’t do any better the second time) we put on our masks, grabbed our weapons, and entered the Battle Field to play Gellyball Blaster!
This 5-minute game is nonstop action where your objective is to shoot the opposing team. You quickly learn to watch your back and hide behind the barricades because the gelly bullets give you a little sting!
It was the perfect way to end the night and ended up being one of our highlights!
Final Word on visiting High Caliber Karting and Entertainment
Thanks so much for reading! Whether you’re a local or live out of town I hope you make the effort to visit High Caliber in Okemos because I know you’re in for hours of wholesome competition!
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