F1 Karting
Credit: Sam Feinstein

There's no shame in taking go-karts seriously. That's what Lewis Hamilton, the world champion F1 driver, did – and then went on to become youngest driver to sign with McLaren. At the New Jersey Motorsports Park Karting Experience, you can see how driving these nine horsepower machines – which can hit 55 mph – could impart the skills needed for the bigger wheels. Best of all, karting is easy on your wallet (it's just $135 for 6 people to race for 90 minutes). 

How to Enter 
Where: New Jersey
Experience Needed: None at all.
Equipment: A helmet that fits comfortably is a good investment.
Beware: Nowhere is "rubbing is racing" more true than on a karting track.