Attraction of the Week: The Pinball Hall of Fame in Vegas
Go back in time with an afternoon of youthful fun playing classic pinball machines from the 1950’s up until the 1990’s. As soon as you walk into the massive 10,000 square foot space dedicated solely to all different types of pinball machines, you will be hit with a feeling of nostalgia. As someone who watches tons of 80’s movies and wishes I could step back into time and visit an old-fashioned arcade, the Pinball Hall of Fame sure was a dream come true.
Sure, all the bright lights and high tech entertainment of The Strip are exciting, however, sometimes a little break is needed to recharge from all that overwhelming excitement. This is where unique attractions like the Pinball Hall of Fame come in. It’s about a 10 minute drive off The Strip, however, so worth it for anyone who is a fan of old-fashioned games. Here you will find mainly pinball machines, and also a few arcade games, air hockey, and those beloved stuffed animal loaded claw machines that are so hard to win! In today’s high tech world, we could all use some more old-fashioned fun! This offbeat attraction offers an interesting, exciting, and budget friendly alternative to the casinos. It’s a welcome opportunity to explore one of the numerous exciting activities located off The Strip, one of which most tourist are unaware even exists.
One might expect the prices to be jacked up here like the rest of Vegas, however, it is quite the contrary. Most games are just 50 cents a piece, while a fewer of the oldest games are just a quarter! You can cash in a $10 and enjoy hours of fun! Lets just say a visit to the Pinball Hall of Fame offers a lot better investment for your money than gambling at the casinos. Not to mention, it is the perfect entertainment alternative for those under 21 and anyone else who prefers not to gamble. Here, you will have just as much fun (probably more so), only with the added benefits of greater affordability, fewer crowds, and a smoke free atmosphere.
A few of the oldest pinball machines from the 1950’s. These are really fun and just a quarter per play!
They have so many fun selections here, with the majority based on favorite movies, TV shows, and games from the 90’s such as Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, The Addams Family, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, and Super Mario Brothers. All the games are in great condition and we did not have one problem with a game stealing money. All of the machines have been refurbished, and thus, are in excellent playing condition. In addition to pinball, you will find arcade games (you must try the original Super Mario Brothers), those fun claw machines (both stuffed animals and a rubber duck game), air hockey, and more.
This place is so simple with no frills, just classic pinball machines. This is part of the reason it is so great. It’s a step back in time without the flashiness and craziness of The Strip.
If you are looking for something a bit different to do in Vegas rather than your ordinary Strip attractions, then the Pinball Hall of Fame is the way to go. This offbeat attraction really is one of a kind – you really do not see anything else like it much anymore in this day and age.
The Pinball Museum is a non profit organization run by the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club, whom opened the museum to display the world’s largest collection of pinball machines. Machines range in date from the 50’s-90’s, with most of the games being from the 60’s-80’s, which is considered the primetime of pinball.
All too many people leave Vegas upset because they lost too much money at the casinos when the whole point of coming to Vegas is to have a great time. Well, a few hours spend at the Pinball Hall of Fame, is a bit different than gambling at a casino, as there is not much money to lose, but a whole lot of fun to be had. It’s a great activity for the whole family, non gamblers, and gamblers alike, unlike the casinos.
Be sure to take some time off from the excitement of The Strip for some old-fashioned gaming fun that is sure to be the most entertaining and worthwhile thing you do in Vegas. With all the money you spend in Vegas today (seriously it has gotten so expensive today with the shows, restaurants, and hotel costs bordering on insane), it’s nice to find that a few pockets of affordable & fun entertainment still exist today.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is located at: 1610 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Hours are 11am-11pm (Midnight on weekends).