Local: Family Day at Belmont

Photo: Monica from So Family
Photo: Monica from So Family

Earlier this month we spent Mother’s Day at Belmont Park for a fun day at the races thanks to America’s Best Racing. The chance to wear a cute dress and hat at the horse races has been on my to-do list for a while now, and so I was excited to be able to cross that off my list for Mother’s Day! Belmont Park is only 30 minutes over the Whitestone or Throggs Neck Bridge from the Bronx and is a great idea for some family fun nearby- especially at only $5 for admission!

unnamed (1)For our day at Belmont, we had the chance to experience the races in these great private areas right off the track. The areas are closed off with tables, grills, and plenty of room for the kids to run around. We all brought a dish to add to the food selection and enjoyed a packed cooler of waters, sodas, and beer. While this way of enjoying the races won’t be possible every time we come to the races, I do hope that we can experience it again as it was such an awesome time. To rent a half section, which includes 24 tickets is $325- so if you split the cost among 24 people, that’s only around $14 a person. Awesome, right!?

We saw many families enjoying their day while at the races- many hung out in a large area in backyard of the grandstand with lots of activities for kids-including a park, pony rides, and more. There is also an area where families can bring chairs or blankets and sit to enjoy the races. It’s a great way for children and adults to have fun at the same time.

Admission to Belmont is only $5 and the Spring/Summer meet runs until July 19th. You can visit www.nyra.com/belmont for more information.

If you’re looking for another fun idea to experience, check out Breakfast at Belmont- where children and families can have breakfast while watching Thoroughbreds train in the morning.

A great resource for becoming in tune with horse racing and all that it entails is www.americasbestracing.net!


More info:

Breakfast at Belmont is a program that enables families to enjoy good food at very reasonable prices while watching Thoroughbreds train in the morning. The program is every weekend and holiday during the 2015 Belmont Spring/Summer meeting (April 29 to July 19) and every weekend in September during the Fall Championship meet that opens on Saturday, September 11. After breakfast, fans are invited to take a free tram ride (weather permitting) through the stable area, enjoy a free Paddock Show and participate in a free Starting Gate demonstration.

Schedule Note: No Breakfast at Belmont on Belmont Stakes Day – June 6. No tram ride Memorial Day.

The optional quick-service breakfast buffet for $8.95 (price subject to change) including coffee, tea & juices  is available through 9:30 a.m in the trackside Belmont Cafe located on the 1st floor of Clubhouse.

Breakfast Admission & Parking: Free
Hours: 7 a. m. to 9:30 a.m.

Belmont Park is cleared at the conclusion of the Breakfast at Belmont Program. Patrons who wish to attend the afternoon’s races are charged admission upon re-entering when the gates open at 11:00 am.


Thanks again for NYRA and America’s Best Racing for hosting us and allowing us to share this experience with our readers! Check out some more photos below and we hope you have a chance to see for yourself!


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