STAFF PHOTO / Frank’s Fun Center

Who doesn’t love an old-school game of Skee-Ball? From classic games to newer virtual reality ones, here are some of our favorite places for arcade fun throughout NJ.

Barcade
163 Newark Ave., Jersey City
201-332-4555
Barcade is the OG arcade-bar concept and has dozens of video games and pinball machines, mostly from the 1980s, as well as 25 to 30 American craft beers on draft. Though this place is adults only, check the schedule for Family Days when everyone can play.

Bev and Wally’s Arcade
46 Beachway, Keansburg
732-581-3578
There’s something for everyone here—choose from redemption machines, slots, poker, basketball, crane games and more.

Branchburg Sports Complex
47 Readington Rd., Branchburg
908-203-1600
Check out tons of sports and adventure-themed games like Fruit Ninja, Air Hockey, Lil’ Hoops and more. This arcade also has a playmaze and laser tag arena.

ANGEL MADISON / Fantasy Island Amusement Park

Fantasy Island Amusement Park
750 North Bay Ave, Beach Haven
609-492-4000
The 12,000-square-foot arcade features everything from Skee-Ball to their Nerf Arcade. Try to win prizes from their classic claw machines or save up tickets from their large selection of modern arcade games, like Wizard of Oz, Lane Master Bowling, or Connect 4 Hoops.

FunTime Junction
400 Fairfield Rd., Fairfield
973-882-9777
Play a variety of games like Guitar Hero, Ducky Splash and Skee-Ball to win tokens. Bring their friends for a few rounds of laser tag. There’s also soft play, a toddler area, Krazy Kars and a funhouse.

Go Play
1102 Main St., Belmar
732-681-7529
Get your hands on retro arcade games like Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man and Big Buck Hunter, pinball, Skee-Ball and air hockey. Switch it up and play the XBOX One, Wii or Super NES with your friends, too.

Grandslam
910 Oak Tree Ave., South Plainfield
908-756-4446
Hours of entertainment have been packed into one showroom inside the baseball complex—choose from dance, strategy, adventure, puzzle and racing games.

iPLAY AMERICA

iPlay America
110 Schanck Rd., Freehold
732-577-8200
Choose from 200 new and vintage video, skill and crane games. Fun fact: iPlay America’s arcade boasts the most crane games in the state. There’s a whole complex here with go-karts, soft play, a mini Ferris wheel, boardwalk-style games, The Loaded Spoon restaurant, laser tag, bowling and a candy shop.

JAMES LA FORGE / Jenkinson’s

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
Jenkinson’s South Arcade
Jenkinson’s Pavilion Arcade
Frank’s Fun Center
South Beach Arcade
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
As you walk along the boardwalk, pop into any of the arcades that have different selections of games, or play the games on the boardwalk where you can win gigantic stuffed animals.

Jilly’s Arcade
1168 Boardwalk, Ocean City
609-385-1234 ext. 3
Housed below a historical carousel dome, Jilly’s Arcade boasts classic video games, pinball machines and more than 100 of the latest video games (and vintage ones, too!). When you get hungry, pop into the candy, ice cream or french fry factories.

STAFF PHOTO / Seaside Heights

Lucky Leo’s Arcade
315 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights
732-793-1323
Game themes range from Minecraft and Minions to The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune. Test your luck, try your hand and show off your skills. The arcade has been open for 70 years.

Lucky Snake
Showboat Resort, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
609-487-4652   
Previously known as a hotspot for adults, Showboat has become family-friendly with the addition of the 200,000-square-foot Lucky Snake and Island Waterpark. The casino-style section of the arcade is where you can play poker and slot machines for credits and redemption-only prizes. Dubbed “Gametime at The Showboat,” the area pays homage to the history of Showboat and Atlantic City, while offering specials like big raffle prizes, mini racing tournaments and game specials with extra prizes. There’s also a 40,000-square-foot Raceway Go Kart Indoor Track and more than 600 games, including pinball, virtual reality and bowling. It is also home to the largest Zoltar fortune teller in the world.

Mariner’s Arcade
3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
609-522-5563
Come for the Batman video games and Skee-Ball, but stay for the “biggest and easiest progressive jackpots in South Jersey.”

STAFF PHOTO / The arcade at Minerals Hotel, part of Crystal Springs Resort

Minerals Hotel
2 Chamonix Dr., Vernon
844-205-1857
One of the two hotels that are part of the Crystal Springs Resort complex, this one is more kid-friendly and includes an arcade on the lower level including everyone’s favorite air hockey.

Morristown Game Vault
22 South St., Morristown
973-944-8500
If you love classics like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and pinball, you’ll want to visit the Vault. There are more than 100 video games and consoles the kids will love, too.

STAFF PHOTO / Play Big Zone

Play Big Zone
300 Campus Dr., Unit H, Morganville
732-991-1993
Aside from the arcade, there are bumper cars, The Lazer Maze, the Amazing Race, human foosball, soft play and virtual reality.

Playcade Amusements
2629 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
609-345-8260
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.

Round 1
1750 Deptford Center Rd, Deptford Township
856-879-9070
With arcade machines directly imported from Japan, Round 1 has a huge selection for claw machine fans with some old favorites. Try your hand at Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner; SisyFox physical gaming; Rick and Morty Blips and Chitz; and the VR Agent. There’s also Moonlight Strike Bowling and the Ninja Warrior soft play area.

RPM RACEWAY

RPM Raceway
99 Caven Point Rd., Jersey City
201-333-7223
There are VR battles, racing simulators, arcade games for “grownups who forgot to grow up” and luxury bowling aside from all the multi-level electric indoor go-kart racing fun.

Silverball Museum Arcade
1000 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park
732-774-4994
Come for a good time and stay for the classic pinball machines and arcade games. Some of the games date back to the 1950s, making the Silverball the perfect mix of vintage games and new favorites.

STAFF PHOTO / Supercharged

Supercharged Entertainment New Jersey
987 Rte. 1, Edison
908-624-8242
Although this is a go-kart arena, there are two floors of arcade games – downstairs is better suited for kids, while upstairs near the restaurant and axe throwing has VR games for adults. Another attraction is the two-story Drop & Twist Tower, that spins, drops, lifts up and drops you again. And TopGolf Edison is in the same complex.

SwingTime Family Fun Center
2390 US 9 S., Howell
732-845-0093
With more than 50 games, including Dance Dance Revolution Extreme, air hockey and Deal or No Deal, the kids will never be bored. If, by chance, they are, take them outside for mini golf or the batting cages.

STAFF PHOTO / Yestercades

YESTERcades
80 Broad St., Red Bank
732-383-7873
29 Division St., Somerville
908-526-3270
151 E. Broad St., Westfield
908-228-2398
442 Main St., Metuchen
848)-295-4481
The arcades offer a slew of games, ranging from the late ’70s to the 21st century. Choose from pinball, Frogger, Super Mario Bros., Super Pac-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mortal Kombat. They also host Anime nights for fans of Japanese animation.

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