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.
For more indoor fun, see our guide to play spaces and fun zones. If your kids prefer to pedal, our guide to Long Island biking trails offers great rides in Nassau, Suffolk, and the East End.
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.
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.
Pole Position Raceway — Farmingdale
40 Daniel Street
This indoor go-kart racing park lets up to 10 child and adult drivers at a time compete in side-by-side racing on two separate, quarter-mile tracks. Kids must be at least 48 inches tall (usually 8 to 11 years old). Races last about 10 minutes. The facility also features an arcade, pool tables, and a race simulator. Annual memberships are available.
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Karts Indoor Raceway — Ronkonkoma
701 Union Parkway
This 27,000-square foot go-karting 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. Enjoy a laser maze, rollerball, bowling, a game room, and a cafe on site. Memberships are available.
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.
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.
Island Raceway & Hobbies — Lindenhurst
1015 N. Wellwood Avenue
This off-road radio-controlled track offers hourly racing and RC rentals. It also offer parts, service and repairs on site.
This post originally published in 2016. It was updated in September 2017.
Top photo: Enjoy the thrill of the chase at Pole Position Raceway in Farmingdale. Photo courtesy of Pole Position.