It opened as Malibu Grand Prix the year I first moved to Tampa. With a race track and video games, it was the place to go for fun.
Grand Prix Tampa was previously known as Malibu Grand Prix or Castle Golf & Games. It featured the go-kart tracks, which I’ve driven plenty of times. I smelled a lot of fumes and burned a lot of rubber!
They once had a pool for bumper boats, but that was filled in for an additional track. The property also hosted two mini golf courses, batting cages and game rooms. It had its ups and downs over more than 40 years.
Now, developers have purchased the property for over $8 million. That leaves the area without a beloved place for recreation. They plan to build apartments on the site. Grand Prix Tampa‘s website has a message thanking their fans.