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Pinball Hall of Fame – Las Vegas Pinball Museum

Once I heard about the Pinball Museum / Pinball Hall of Fame, I knew I wanted to go as one of our 52 dates a year. Located just off the strip, the Pinball Hall of Fame is a 10,000-square-foot building filled to the brim with pinball machines! It was fascinating to see pinball machines from the 1950s to the present day, and there were a handful of other classic arcade games too.

The owner, Tim Arnold, built up a collection of nearly 1000 pinball machines and, after his retirement, decided to host “fun nights” where he let the public come play, with proceeds going to charity. Eventually, they founded the LVPCC (Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club), which funded the building they have now, and now, everyone at PHoF works as volunteers. They love what they do. Read the full story here.

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I don’t know about you, but every time I went to the arcade I used to always check the change slot in machines. I didn’t even realize I was doing it, and it paid off! Got myself a free game :)
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All photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark III and 35mm/1.4L lens.

It was a good cheap date idea, and as an added bonus, all the proceeds go to charity! They’ve created an amazing place to relive your childhood and rediscover the joy of putting quarters into machines. We played an old bowling game and even got in a round of TMNT. (BTW, what do you think about the new TMNT movie coming out? I have mixed opinions.)

Pinball Hall of Fame
1610 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Cost: Free to enter, 25 to 75 cents per game to play

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You can see our other dates and Las Vegas adventures here.

What’s your favorite game to play?
When’s the last time you were at an arcade?

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Esther, this is seriously the COOLEST place ever! It looks right up my alley, too. Just another excuse to take a trip to Vegas!

    1. esther julee

      you should!! :) and if you visit this year while we’re living here, we could totally show you around!

  2. Erika

    This looks like so much fun! I had heard about it but didn’t get to make it in my brief trip. Also: you guys are so adorable and I love the pictures where you’re alone and looking at your phones! :)

    1. esther julee

      you should totally check it out next time! :) so interesting seeing games that were before my time and some while we were growing up. haha thanks erika!! also it was actually us looking directly at the flash from our phones! we saw dots everywhere after for a while. :P we always try to make it a point not to be on our phones when we are on dates, but it’s so addicting.

  3. What a super cute date! This looks like a blast, and it was cheap and charitable…a win all around!

    1. esther julee

      Thanks!! We’re always looking for something different to try! :)

  4. I love all your local LV adventure posts. I want to visit so many of these places. It’s great to see what else Vegas has to offer. This place looks like a ton of fun! What a great idea for a (cheap) date and it’s a great cause.

    1. esther julee

      Thanks girl! :) Yeah, I guess before I moved here I didn’t really know what vegas had to offer either. It’s actually a lot different from what people perceive it to be. I guess the media is to blame for that haha We’re always looking for more affordable dates to go on.. so that every once in a while we can splurge. What do you & Mark try to do when you try dating on the cheap? :)

      1. Lately, we’ve been thinking more about doing hiking dates and picnics. Hiking isn’t the most glamorous date in the world, but we enjoy being with each other. Hiking is great because we get to be outdoors more and exercise. I need to research on some fun and cheap things to do here in Japan. We’re like you and want to splurge every now and then on a fancy dinner, so we need to save a little money on the way to that ;)

        1. esther julee

          Yeah, we try to do some hiking too. :) At least now while we can… before the weather is like 120 degrees no joke. I bet Japan gets pretty humid though during summers so that makes it extra hot. Where do you like to go on fancy dates? I make a list of places to go if I go back to Japan.. in the near future. :)

  5. Hsiao-Ting

    Oh that’s so cool! I think David and the guys would have had fun here. This will be a cute place for a bachelor party. I want to check this place out next time!

    1. esther julee

      I know! They probably didn’t really leave the strip, huh? :) We can go next time you visit!

      1. Hsiao-Ting

        Well they went go karting and drove nice cars so i’m assuming that’s off the strip? ok doke sounds good!

  6. carly

    Oh my gosh! What a cool place to go- it looks like you guys had so much fun! What a great place for a date night!

    1. esther julee

      Isn’t it? :) I find the story of how it came to be so interesting. I’m not thaaat into arcades unlike Jacob. But after I read the story and how the proceeds to go charity, I was pretty fascinated with this place. Even if you don’t like playing pinball or arcade games, it’s a cool spot to see.

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