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The best go karting in NYC and nearby

Find the best go karting in NYC using our helpful guide for families, which features great tracks for every age group

Allie Early
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Allie Early
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Calling all speed demons! The track is set and the engines are revving at the best go karting venues in and around NYC. Whether you'd rather stick close to home at the Coney Island Raceway at Luna Park, or make a day trip to sites like NASKART in Connecticut and Grand Prix New York in Westchester, these tracks are sure to get your adrenaline pumping.

Hit the racetrack with one kid or a whole car load of them. The only thing better than zooming around at top speeds is doing it with a whole bunch of friends in tow. And while the littlest of the bunch won't be able to get behind the wheel, at most places they can ride along in the passenger seat. When the races are over, there's still plenty of fun to be had. At each go karting park you'll find something else to entertain the whole family, including arcade games, amusement park rides and bowling lanes.

Be sure to check each website before visiting for hours and special offers to make the adventure as fun as possible for your whole family. While many spots allow you to show up and race with no advance planning, at others booking ahead can keep you from long waits. If you hope to race all summer long, memberships available at some racetracks will help to keep costs down.

Looking for even more adventure? Peep our top mini golf NYC spots as well as our guide to the best indoor playgrounds and indoor amusement parks.

Best go karting in NYC

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If you’re planning to spend some time ride-hopping at Luna Park this summer, it’d be a huge mistake to miss the Coney Island Raceway, a 24-kart outdoor track. Here, you can race around a curvy 900-foot course to your heart’s desire (well, until the race is over). Karts can fit up to two people. Get more info on Coney Island fun here. 4–12 ride credits. Minimum height to ride as a driver: 56’’, as a passenger 40’’.

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Speed demons with the use of a car will delight in this day trip-worthy destination: the country’s largest multi-level go-karting track in the world, which opened in 2016. You can book Pro (for the older kids/more experienced drivers) and Semi-Pro heats (for the newbies) online on two massive tracks at the venue. On special racing days, the tracks are joined together for one humongous Supertrack. The venue also has a bar/restaurant! 1 Sachatello Industrial Drive, Oakdale, CT (860-444-7700, naskartracing.com. Prices vary. Minimum height to ride as a driver: 58’’.

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3. RPM Raceway

Multiple locations in the NYC area make RPM a great go-to for local families, not to mention its Italian state-of-the-art go-karts and courses intended to mimic real formula courses. Families can try “arrive and drive” options where you’re paired with others to compete for the fastest lap, or schedule in advance with a group of eight or more, to do two, three or four-race events with your own crew. 99 Caven Point Rd, Jersey City, NJ (201-333-7223, rpmraceway.com). Non-member $30/race. Various memberships/packages available. Ages 6 and up.

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The rebranded Staten Island Funpark lives up to its name with the Staten Island Raceway, plus mini golf, batting cages and the Water Blast (where kids can launch tons of water balloons). At the Raceway, families can zip along a 800-foot race course to their heart’s desire (line permitting) at one of the most affordable rates in the area. $8/driver, $5/passenger. Minimum height to ride as a driver: 58’’, as a passenger 40’’.

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Grand Prix New York
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5. Grand Prix New York

This Westchester venue offers go-kart racing, a 12-lane bowling alley and a 6,000-square-foot arcade—all perfect for playing the day away. Like many go-karting venues, you can simply show up, sign up and get in for a race, but check the times first for peak and off-peak pricing. It's also highly recommended that visitors use the racing reservation system to ensure plenty of time for zooming around. 333 N Bedford Rd, Mt Kisco (914-241-3131, gpny.com). Prices vary. Minimum height to drive: 48''.

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