Go-Kart and Slot Car Racing Destinations for LI Kids
Want to go for a spin? Then check out one of Long Island’s go-kart or slot car tracks.
Parents of kids who love being in the driver’s seat will love what these high-speed destinations offer. Inexpensive and thrilling, they’re ideal for kids who refuse to take a back seat to anyone. Gentlemen (and ladies), start your engines.
Be advised: Most destinations have minimum height requirements; click through for those and other safety requirements. Some outdoor tracks follow local school district calendars so double-check before heading out.
RPM Raceway — Farmingdale
40 Daniel Street
At this indoor go-kart racing park, up to 10 child and adult drivers at a time compete in side-by-side racing on two separate, quarter-mile tracks. Races last about 10 minutes. The facility also features an arcade, pool tables and a race simulator. Annual memberships are available. Five party rooms are available for rent. NOTE: Kids must be at least 6 years old and 4 feet tall to race junior go-karts. To race on the adult karts, kids must be at least 4 feet 10 inches tall.
Slots-A-Lot Raceway — Franklin Square
1100 Hempstead Turnpike
Slots-A-Lot offers three 150-foot tracks. Prices vary by track. Cars and controllers are available for rent. Items and accessories are available for purchase. Birthday party packages are also available.
A race around the go-kart track at Tiki Action Park is sure to provide an adrenaline rush. Photo courtesy of Tiki Action Park
Boomers Long Island — Medford
655 Long Island Ave.
The quarter-mile track features hairpin turns, banked curves, and straightaways. Each go-kart session runs for five minutes. The park also features a miniature golf course, kiddie rides, and an arcade with more than 50 state-of-the-art video games. Height requirements: 58 inches for drivers, 40 inches for passengers. Drivers must be at least 18 years old to ride with a passenger.
Country Fair Entertainment Park — Medford
3351 Route 112
Up to 25 racers per heat can compete on this course. Two mini-golf courses, batting cages, a driving range, and a sheltered picnic area are also on the grounds. Height requirements: 60 inches for drivers (55 inches for rookie cars); those under 55 inches can ride with a licensed adult.
Karts Indoor Raceway — Ronkonkoma
701 Union Parkway
This 27,000-square foot go-kart facility has two indoor tracks. Karts boast four different speeds. Drivers must be at least 52 inches tall; passengers must be at least 40 inches. Also enjoy a laser maze, rollerball, bowling, a game room, and a cafe on site. Memberships are available.
Port Jefferson Raceway — Centereach
1021 Portion Road, Suite 12
Kids can slot-car race for 15, 30, or 60 minutes on three tracks, each eight lanes wide. Weekly kids racing times are offered. The raceway also offers a Smart Kids program, where students with good grades earn free racing time.
Tiki Action Park — Centereach
1878 Middle Country Road
This outdoor track offers single and double go-karts (58-inch minimum height requirement for drivers, 40-inch minimum height requirement for passengers). Racers can get 30- or 60-minute unlimited passes. Weather permitting, Tiki Action Park opens for the season each March.
This post originally published in 2016.