Four places to drive go-karts on Long Island

Megan Gianchetta, 6, of Smithtown, enjoys the kid-size

Megan Gianchetta, 6, of Smithtown, enjoys the kid-size car and track at Karts Indoor Raceway in Ronkonkoma. Photo Credit: Kirsten Luce

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You can satisfy your inner need for speed without risking those flashing lights blinking in your rearview mirror. Visit one of Long Island's indoor or outdoor go-kart tracks to take a spin on a scaled-down roadway. No bumping, please!

Go-karts can be dangerous, so each track has minimum height and age requirements for drivers - and passengers. Be prepared to sign a liability waiver.

Here's where to go on Long Island:

701 Union Pkwy., Ronkonkoma, 800-718-KART,

Cost: $9 first race ($30 for 5 races); junior track is $4 a race ($17 for 5 races); $2 daily driver's license fee

Requirements: Drivers must be at least 54 inches tall to ride on the adult track (40 inches for junior track)

Good to know: The go-kart track is open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Extra laps: The facility also has two miniature bowling alleys, a 25-game arcade, remote-control slot-car racing and a snack bar.

Hot and humid days aren't a problem at this fully air-conditioned indoor facility, which has two go-kart racing tracks. The adult course, where the go-karts can reach speeds up to 32 miles an hour, is rigged to time individual drivers as they zip around the course. The junior course, geared toward ages 5-9, has smaller karts that reach a maximum speed of 11 mph, according to manager Brian Garofalo.

655 Long Island Ave., Medford, 631-475-1771,

Cost: $6 driver ($2.75 passenger) or $23.95 for unlimited rides in the park

Requirements: 58 inches for drivers, 40 inches for passengers; must be at least 18 years old to drive with a passenger.

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Extra laps: There's also a bumper boat pool, five main kiddie rides, two carousels (one indoors, one outside), a rock-climbing wall, roller coaster, mini-golf and batting cage.

Boomers' outdoor go-kart track has banked turns and straightaways where karts can race up to 20 mph. Riders can race in single or double cars. Boomers' karts attract riders from all age groups - but especially teenage boys.

1878 Middle Country Rd., Centereach, 631-471-1267,

Cost: $6 ($8 for double kart); $18 for four rides

Requirements: 57 inches for drivers, 42 inches for passengers; to drive a passenger you must be at least 16 years old.

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Extra laps: Though the go-karts are the highlight of the park, there's also a mini-golf course and 40-game arcade. The go-kart track is closed when it's wet.

Formerly known as Castle Golf, Tiki Action Park has recently been revamped, according to owner Paul Ziegler. The go-karts soar around an outdoor figure-eight track that includes a tunnel and hill.

3351 Route 112, Medford, 631-732-0579,

Cost: $6 A ride passengers ride free)

Requirements: 60 inches for drivers (55 inches rookie cars); under 55 inches must ride with licensed adult

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Extra laps: The sprawling park also has two mini-golf courses, batting cages, a driving range and sheltered picnic area.

Up to 25 karts can race at a time on this outdoor figure-eight track. Each lap is 1/8 mile.

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