Best go karting in NYC
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), and—if we remember correctly—are set at various speeds to help suit the driver and traffic on the course. 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’’.
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, and there are two massive tracks at the venue. On Thursdays, the tracks are joined together for one humongous Supertrack. The venue also has a bounce park and bar/restaurant! 1 Sachatello Industrial Drive, Oakdale, CT (860-444-7700, naskartracing.com. Various prices. Minimum height to ride as a driver: 58’’.
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 if you schedule in advance with a group of eight or more, you can schedule 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.
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.$7/driver, $$4.50/passenger. Minimum height to ride as a driver: 58’’, as a passenger 40’’.
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). Various prices. Minimum height to drive: 48''.