Arcades have been a favorite pastime since the creation of video arcades in the 1970s. Derived from early-1900’s “penny arcades,” they had something for everyone. If you were good enough at your game of choice, you could spend hours beating level after level, having only spent a quarter. Arcades have grown from Space Invaders and Galaxian to graphically advanced games like Dance Dance Revolution and Daytona USA. And in nearly every arcade, you’ll still find classic skee ball, pinball, and PacMan machines. Share your arcade memories with your kids during a hot summer day at a location near you. They’re closer than you might think!
Bev and Wally's Family Fun Center
46 Beachway, Keansburg
Open Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm
There's something for everyone here—choose from redemption machines, slots, poker, basketball, crane games and more.
Branchburg Sports Complex
47 Readington Road, Branchburg
Open Wed-Thu 4-10 pm, Fri 4-8 pm, Sat 9 am-10 pm, Sun 9 am-8 pm
Check out over 40 sports and adventure themed games like Fruit Ninja, Air Hockey, Lil' Hoops and more. This arcade also has a playmaze and laser tag arena.
340-346 North Avenue, Dunellen
Mon-Thurs Noon-midnight, Fri Noon-1 am, Sat 1 pm-1 am, Sun 1 pm-midnight
Plan to have a good time at the country's "oldest continually operated arcade." Aside from food, fun and billiards, this operation has all the video games you're looking for.
Bridgewater Sports Arena
1425 Frontier Road, Bridgewater
Open Mon-Thurs 4pm-9pm, Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm
The Sports Arena is known for its 65 games and video simulators. There are games for players of all ages and ability levels, and there are plenty of prizes to trade in those tickets for.
Frank’s Fun Center – Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
407 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach
M-Th 10am-8pm, F 10am-11:30pm, Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-9pm
No arcade is complete without skeeball. Compete against your family members and see who takes home the biggest prize.
182 Route 10 West, East Hanover
Open M-Th 12pm-9pm, F 12pm-11pm, Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-9pm
3320-34 Route 38, Mt. Laurel
Open M-Th 12pm-9pm, F 12pm-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-9pm
If you're looking for a variety of games, The Funplex has over 100 arcade and redemption games. Try the Batman racing game or win tickets at the big bass wheel.
400 Fairfield Road, Fairfield
Opens T-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm, closed Mondays
Play a variety of games like Guitar Hero, Ducky Splash and skeeball to win tokens. Grab your friends and hit lazer tag, too.
1102 Main St., Belmar
Wed-Thurs 2:30-9 pm, Fri 2:30-11 pm, Sat Noon-11 pm, Sun Noon-7 pm
Get your hands on retro arcade games like Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man and Big Buck Hunter, pinball, skeepball, air hockey. Switch it up and play the XBOX One, Wii U or Super NES with your friends, too.
910 Oak Tree Avenue, South Plainfield
Mon-Fri 11 am-10 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am-10 pm
Hours of entertainment have been packed into one showroom—choose from dancing, strategy and racing games. There's a plethora of options for both parents and kids.
110 Schanck Road, Freehold
M-Th 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-9pm
Choose from 200 brand new and vintage video, skill and crane games. Fun fact: iPlay America's arcade boasts the most crane games in the state.
Jenkinson’s South Arcade
500 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach
M-Th 10am-8pm, F 10am-11pm, Sat/Sun 9am-11pm
There's plenty of games for the whole family to choose from. Even better? This place is open daily, year-round.
1168 Boardwalk, Ocean City
Open daily, summer hours 24/7
Housed below a historical carousel dome, Jilly's Arcade boasts classic video games, pinball machines and over 100 of the latest video games (and vintage ones, too!).
Lucky Leo’s Arcade
1215 Kearney Ave, Seaside Heights
Open daily 10am-3am
Game themes range from Minecraft to Minions and from The Price is Right to Wheel of Fortune. Test your luck, try your hand and show off your skills.
3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
Call for this season’s hours
Come for the Batman video games and skeeball, but stay for the "biggest and easiest progressive jackpots in South Jersey."
Morristown Game Vault
22 South St., Morristown
Mon-Thurs 11:30 am-10 pm, Fri 11:30-midnight, Sat-Sun 10 am-10 pm
If you love classic favorites like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Pinball, you'll want to visit the Vault. There are 110 video games, perfect for friends and families who enjoy the retro-gaming scene.
Center City Mall, Upper Level – 301 Main Street, Paterson
Open daily 10am-10pm
Fill your bucket with tickets! Play skeeball, Terminator, air hockey and more while you collect tickets for larger treasures.
2629 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
Call for hours
Visit Atlantic City's longest established arcade for games and competition. Whether you're a little kid or an excited adult, chances are you'll leave with an armload of prizes.
Sahara Sam’s Indoor & Outdoor Water Park
535 N. Route 73, West Berlin
Sun-F 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-8pm
Don't worry about getting wet—snag a Minion from the crane game, test your strength or get behind the wheel and race your family members.
Silverball Museum Arcade
1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
Mon-Thurs 11 am-9 pm, Fri 11 am-1 am, Sat 10 am-1 am, Sun 10 am-10 pm
Come for a good time and stay for the classic pinball machines and arcade games. Some of the games date back to the 1950's, making the Silverball the perfect mix of vintage games and new favorites.
2390 US Highway 9 South, Howell
Open M-Th 1pm-10pm, F 1pm-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, and Sun 10am-10pm
With over 50 games, including Dance Dance Revolution Extreme, air hockey, Deal or No Deal, Time Crisis and more, you'll never be bored. Spend time with friends and family and hopefully…win big.
29 Division St., Somerville
Mon-Thurs Noon-midnight, Fri Noon-2 am, Sat 10 am-2 am, Sun 11 am-midnight
80 Broad St., Red Bank
Mon-Thurs 11:30 am-midnight, Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat 10 am-2 am, Sun 11 am-midnight
Both arcades offer a slew of games, ranging from the late 70's to the 21st century. Choose from pinball, Frogger, Super Mario Bros., Super Pac-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mortal Kombat. Or, play them all!
Did we miss any? What hidden arcade gems are in your area? Comment below!