Pinball Hall of Fame
1610 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - midnight.
25 cents and up
Pinball Hall of Fame In las Vegas
To say there is plenty of gaming to be had in Sin City would be quite the understatement. Casinos line the Strip as far as the eye can see, and that's not even the tip of the iceberg. Fremont Street is home to its own menagerie of gaming establishments and locations like Sunset Station, Green Valley, Main Street Station, Red Rock, and Palace Station offer gaming a ways off of the Strip. There's one gaming establishment that isn't too highly talked about, mostly because it's a little gem that generally only locals know about. It's located mere minutes from the Las Vegas Strip on Tropicana and it delivers countless hours of entertainment for really low cost. The catch? It's not quite the gaming entertainment you're expecting. The best part? It's bound to bring up some childhood memories of dropping countless nickels and quarters at the arcade.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is not as dry as it sounds. While you may be expecting a dull tour that takes you through the history of the pinball machine, this museum is fully interactive. The moment you step inside, you will be transported back in time. The familiar sounds of tilted pinball machines, wracking scores, and frustrated gamers will ring in your ears and suddenly you're a kid again.
Within this little establishment is a long list of arcade games brought back from the dead. Machines from the early days of pinball reside here to let older folks take a trip down memory lane. Expect to see pinball classics like Ace High, Bow and Arrow, Challenger, Meteor, and Vulcan. Newer machines like Pirates of the Caribbean, Terminator 3, Monopoly, Austin Powers, and Indiana Jones also make an appearance to appeal to a younger crowd.
The list of machines is well over 150 long, and that's only the pinball machines. The machines range from the 1950's to as late as 2009. If this doesn't bring back some memories, there's a chance that nothing else will. Never has an establishment been fueled with so much nostalgia. Even arcade machines like Donkey Kong, Ms Pack Man, Mario Bros, Tetris, and Punch Out make an appearance.
The best part about the Pinball Hall of Fame is that the machines have not been tweaked to cost an arm and a leg to play. Many of the machines cost merely a quarter to get going, and while you won't be getting money back in return, the entertainment value is more than high enough to warrant spending hours upon hours in this entertainment hotspot.
It's odd to think that just minutes away from the Strip, there's a quaint little establishment that houses a surplus of memories and fun that is open to all ages. The Pinball Hall of Fame is easy to get lost in and nobody would blame you for feeling like a kid again.