Inside Vegas: The Pinball Hall of Fame

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Everyone knows there are no shortage of casino games to play when you’re in Las Vegas. However, not many are aware that off the Strip lies a truly historic gaming facility, the Pinball Hall of Fame. Boasting over 200 original pinball and arcade games in pristine working order, this Sin City hidden gem offers you endless hours of nostalgic fun.

Once upon a time pinball arcades where everywhere, but sadly, over the last two decades, these machines have become nearly obsolete until one Michigan native decided to change that. When Tim Arnold and his wife moved to Las Vegas in the early 90s, the couple brought their collection of nearly 1000 pinball machines along for the ride. What started out as small nights dedicated to local pinball aficionados, would eventually turn into a cult phenomenon over the ensuing years. Arnold was dedicated to turning his childhood passion into a museum of sorts, albeit one that attendees could come to play classic pinball games just like Arnold had grown up doing. In 2006, after years of fundraising, Arnold’s lifelong dream finally came to fruition when the Pinball Hall of Fame opened its doors. Since it debuted, Pinball Hall of Fame has become a popular destination not only among Las Vegas locals, but also with tourists from all over the world who flock here to experience one of the last free-standing pinball arcades. It’s pretty surreal to walk inside and see people of all ages still transfixed by the sights and sounds of these classic games.

Best of all, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a nonprofit venture, which is fully staffed by volunteers and all the extra revenue that isn’t used to help keep the place running is donated to the local Salvation Army. There’s a proud feeling that comes over you when you realize all the quarters (games are still just 25 or 50 cents) you’ve been pumping into these machines isn’t going right back to a casino, but to the community.

For a fun and unique Las Vegas experience, we highly recommend you take a trip to the Pinball Hall of Fame, where you can relive your childhood one quarter at a time.
Pinball Hall of Fame, 1610 East Tropicana Ave., (702) 597-2627

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