So is the case with the Pinball Hall of Fame, home to hundreds of vintage and new pinball machines spread over 10,000 square feet of space. That’s right: Hundreds of pinball machines, all of which are way more fun to play than any slot machine you might possibly find in the city (in my humble opinion).
The Pinball Hall of Fame is made possible by the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club, which has amassed several machines over the years. The goal of the attraction is to house, display and make available to the public this large selection of games so that everyone can enjoy them. The games all belong to one member of the non-profit organization, Tim Arnold, so I’m sure you can imagine the need to find a home for these beyond his basement. They range from vintage additions of pinball games from the 1950s up through the present day.
The old games cost only a quarter to play while the newer ones are 50 cents. I usually like to play the new games because my money goes further and, let’s face it, I still have mastered the ability to keep the balls going for longer than a few seconds, but the newer games have lots of fun bells and whistles that make them particularly entertaining to play. A particular favorite in my family is the Star Trek game. Seriously, my mom is an animal when she gets her hands on this pinball machine.
And that’s what I think is most fun about the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. This is one of those attractions that both kids and adults will love. Kids, of course, love the idea of a video game (and there are a few classic video games as well as pinball machines) while adults relish slipping back into the days of their youth when they spent hours in the arcade. I’ve seen parents teaching kids how to play pinball machines, and entire families gather around machines, cheering each other on.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is one of the must-stop attractions I always take friends to when they visit, and no one has been disappointed yet. Not only is it fun, but because it’s a non-profit organization, any excess revenues are donated to non-denominational charities.
A quick note: Because some of these pinball machines are quite old, occasionally a quarter will jam or something doesn’t work, but there’s always someone walking around who can help with questions and problems.
Located at 1610 East Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas. Though it is close to the Strip, it may be too far to walk, so consider calling a cab.