When a place claims to be fun for all ages, too often it's only fun for kids of a certain age while listless adults wait for the day to end. Thankfully, Grand Prix New York in downtown Mount Kisco offers a wide variety of activities in its 120,000-square-foot facility that will keep any member of the family happy.
Opened in February 2008, Grand Prix has multiple go-kart race tracks, a bowling facility, an arcade and a full-scale restaurant. The following are details about every major attraction.
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Activity: Go-kart racing
For those who: Are up for a spin
Allowing drivers of varying ages to get in on the fun are three ¼-mile tracks: the Uptown Track, for visitors 16 and older who have a permit or license; the Brownstone Track for anyone who’s at least 13 years old; and the Kids Track, for children 8 and older. On certain nights and for special events, tracks can be combined to form a ½-mile long Super Track. And the cars? Well, these aren’t your grandfather’s rickety wooden go-karts. The 9-horsepower karts can reach speeds of 40 mph, while karts on the kids track max out at 14 mph. Little ones who are younger than 8 but taller than 3 feet 4 inches can ride along with a guardian at that slower speed. For those not allowed or inclined to get behind the wheel, spectators can watch the action; floor-to-ceiling windows surround the track and a pedestrian bridge straddles it. Seasonal racing leagues are available for kids and adults.
Cost: Access: $10 (Ages 16+), Race cost: $20 weekday, $25 weekend (per nine-minute race); Access: $5 (Kids 8-15), Race cost: $15 (Kids 13-15, per six-minute race), $10 (Kids 8-12, per six-minute race); Annual passes: $50 adults, $35 students (access plus reduced race fees)
For those who: Have time to spare
Split into a 12-lane public area and a seven-lane VIP section, Spins Bowl opened in November 2011 and showcases brand-new synthetic lanes, pop music pumping through the speakers, and movies, televised events and music videos on LCD-projection screens at the end of the lanes. With lasers and neon lights, moonlight bowling takes place most nights after 8 p.m. And thanks to the on-site restaurant, Fuel (more about that below), you can order pizza, hot dogs, burgers and anything else on the menu to enjoy in your lane.
Cost: Price per lane per hour: $40 (Fri-Sat, 9 p.m.-midnight); $35 (Mon-Th, 5-10 p.m.; Sat: noon-5 p.m.; Sun: noon-9 p.m.); $25 (Mon-Fri, 3-5 p.m.; Sat-Sun: 9 a.m.-noon). VIP lanes: Add $5 per lane per hour; Shoe rental: $5
For those who want to: Level up
By late-April, Grand Prix will expand its arcade room to include 30 games, allowing 54 people to play at a time. Pre-loaded cards keep players from reaching into their pockets for more quarters, and those who accrue enough points playing games, including NBA Hoops and NASCAR Racing, can claim a small prize at the redemption center.
Cost: Most games cost $1 per play.
Activity: The Sim Room
For those who want to: Virtually dominate racetracks worldwide
If you’re looking to race without worrying about real-life crashes, the Sim Room is an advanced racing simulator that goes beyond the typical arcade experience. Competitors can select one of several souped up race cars, ranging from the Williams Toyota Formula 1 to a Ford GT, and test their mettle on some of the world’s most famous international speedways, including the top tracks in Daytona, Indianapolis and Talladega.
Cost: Weenights after 6 p.m. and weekends: $20 for 15 minutes, $40 for 30, $60 for 45 and $75 for an hour; Weekdays before 6 p.m.: $15 for every 15 minutes up to an hour; Additional Sim Room racing and pricing options are listed on the website.
Activity: Bouncy castle and mini golf
For those who: Want to bounce
Kids from 4 through 12 can jump for joy in the inflatable bouncy castle — a whopping 26 feet by 30 feet — and go putt for putt on a mini-golf course that puts the emphasis on mini (five holes).
Cost: $10 per child for unlimited use of both
For those who: Are out to make a break for it
If you time it right, you can play a few rounds of pool on one of two first-come, first-serve billiards tables on the premises.
For those who: Need to refuel
If you’ve worked up an appetite doing one or more of the aforementioned activities, you can replenish your energy supply at Fuel. The New American restaurant nestled between the speedway and the bowling alley serves classic salads, sliders and pizzas, plus a few entrees you might not expect. Roasted Chilean sea bass, anyone? You can sit in the restaurant to get away from it all, but you can also take your meal with you to the bowling lanes. There is a full bar that offers four beers on tap and a variety of cocktails, including the popular, tried-and-true cosmo. Happy hour is 5-7 p.m. daily.
Cost: $6-$14 per appetizer, salad, sandwich or entree
IF YOU GO
What: Grand Prix New York and Spins Bowl
Info: 333 North Bedford Road, Mount Kisco, 914-241-3131, www.gpny.com, www.spinsbowl.com
Hours: Mon-Wed: 3-10 p.m.; Th: 3-11 p.m.; Fri: noon-midnight; Sat: 9 a.m.-midnight; Sun: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Restaurant hours: Mon-Th: 4-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: noon-midnight; Sun: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Good to know: Call ahead to confirm availability, as private events sometimes bump public access