My family came across the Pinball Hall of Fame during our last trip to Las Vegas. We were looking for something family-friendly to do off the strip. The Pinball Hall of Fame wound up being one of our favorite stops in Vegas!
The Pinball Hall of Fame is housed in a 10,000 square foot space and displays the world’s largest collection of pinball machines. The machines range in age from the 1950’s through the 1990’s. However, we saw games with themes of more recent movies. I don’t know if these were newer machines, or revamped machines.
Step Back in Time
As you walk around the Pinball Hall of Fame, you will find that there are even some novelty games from previous eras. My kids discovered a dancing clown game from the 1960’s.They found it a little creepy, but their Dad and I found it hilarious. You press buttons to make the clown dance to “The Jetsons” theme song. Of course, our kids had no clue what the song was from. You can see a video of the game here.
I personally got a little nostalgic when I saw The Simpsons arcade game. I remember when it first came out and I was so thrilled to play it at the local arcade.
Although the Pinball Hall of Fame is a museum of sorts, the public is in fact encouraged to play all of the games. Be sure to bring plenty of quarters and small bills with you. There are change machines if you need them.
Pre-1990 pinball machines cost 25 cents per play, while 1990 models and newer are 50 cents per play.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is a non-profit. According to the website, all excess revenues go to non-denominational charities. Fun, cheap games for the family and money going to charity? That’s a win in my book!
I admit that my kids initially were not thrilled at the thought of playing non-digital games. Truthfully, I took for granted that they had never heard of pinball machines. However, the girls were hooked after they played their first pinball game. We had a hard time getting them to leave!
Did I mention that there are step stools at the Pinball Hall of Fame?
Someone was kind enough to point the step stools out to us when they saw my youngest could not reach the top of a machine and easily play.
Our Favorite Games
I was impressed by the variety of themed pinball machines. My kids personally loved The Simpsons and Ghostbusters machines.
Their Dad loved the Guardian’s of the Galaxy and Family Guy machines.
Which pinball machine was my favorite? The Guns N’ Roses pinball machine!It played Guns and roses music and just had some of the coolest décor on the machine in my opinion.
- Pictures: You can only take pictures for personal use.
- Bring Change: Bring quarters or small bills. There are change machines if you only have bills.
- Cost: 25 cents per pre-1990’s game, 50 cents for all other games.
- Location: 1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
- Hours: Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
Let us know what if you visit the Pinball Hall of Fame! We hope that you and your family have a blast just like we did.
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