Las Vegas does everything bigger and better, including arcades. Whether you are looking for the best arcades in Las Vegas for kids, or maybe just a great place for you and some friends to have a couple of drinks while battling it out on Skeeball and Galactica, we’ve reviewed some of the best options in Sin City.
1. The Big Apple Coaster and Arcade (New York New York Hotel and Casino)
Image: New York-New York Hotel & Casino
For us, The Big Apple Coaster and Arcade is the best arcade in Las Vegas. But it’s not the vast 32,000 square feet of gaming space that puts it at the top of our list. And it’s not the 200+ games, including skeeball, old-time arcade games and NBA Game Time machines (which are a personal favorite – the best arcade games in Las Vegas if you ask me!).
Heck, it’s not even Nathan’s Hot Dog Stand or the cute little cocktail bar that opens up at night. It’s the giant friggin’ roller coaster with top speeds of almost 70 mph over a 200-foot drop.
The Big Apple Pack gets you four coaster tickets, four T-shirts, 400 arcade credits, 400 redemption points for some arcade swag, and four Nathan’s hot dogs. They even throw in a giant plushie, all for just $149.
Big Apple Coaster and Arcade is located inside the New York New York Casino, and there’s plenty of signage to get you there.
Monday – Thursday | 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday – Sunday | 11:00 am – Midnight
2. Midway Arcade (Circus Circus)
Image: Circus Circus Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Coming in at the number two spot is Midway Arcade.
First, for the sake of full disclosure, there are clowns here. Lots of clowns. We get it; it’s a Circus Midway theme, but still! Apart from that, this Las Vegas arcade has some great coasters and rides, some incredible circus acts like a trapeze show, and many circus-type games like balloon bust that you won’t find anywhere else.
There are 25 different rides here, primarily aimed at the tweens and under set, though you’ll need to be at least 33 inches tall to get on any of the rides. Personal favorites include Canyon Cars (bumper cars) and Slingshot (self-explanatory), though the El Loco coaster is also a blast. There are also 200+ arcade and video games, laser tag, VR rides, and a 3D theater.
Pro tips for parents, Circus Circus still has free parking, and there is a nice bar here with alcoholic drinks. The wrist passes are $60 for adults and $30 for kids all day, which can be a pretty reasonably priced day in Las Vegas.
Some rides and activities are separate from the pass, so walk around and see what everyone may be interested in riding before deciding if it’s the best value for you.
There is mandatory picture-taking at the entry, which is just a way of separating gullible tourists from their hard-earned money. Take a pic with your phone and print it on photo paper when you return home and spend the $33 you saved on the claw machines. You can thank us later.
The Adventure Dome, as Circus Circus has taken to calling it, is open daily.
Sunday – Thursday | 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday – Saturday | 11:00 am – Midnight
3. Fun Dungeon (Excalibur Hotel & Casino)
Image: Excalibur Hotel & Casino
Maybe you’ve been asking yourself, how can I take the kids to one of the best arcades in Las Vegas while also seeing some medieval jousting and magic? We’ve all been there, and Fun Dungeon is your answer.
Situated right next to the world-famous Excalibur Tournament of Kings venue, this fun arcade has many options for kids of all ages. Like our two previous arcade picks, Fun Dungeon has over 200+ coin-op games, ranging from centipede to the carousel.
There’s a 3D theater, and a Dairy Queen or an Orange Julius should you work up an appetite. While there are no gravity-defying roller coasters or carnival rides here, what does set the Fun Dungeon apart is that at 6:00 and 8:30 most nights, a portal opens to the Renaissance ages.
The Tournament of Kings dinner show features a three-course meal while watching Merlin and his pals put on a medieval-era jousting tournament. There are no animatronic horses or knights here; it’s all done with live animals and people inside a 900-seat theater.
It is a jaw-dropping spectacle for the kids and a long-time best of Las Vegas show winner. Dinner tickets start at just $49, and the show is closed on Tuesdays and the occasional Wednesday. Kids under three go for free.
Monday – Sunday | 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
4. Las Vegas Pinball Hall OF Fame
Image: Pinball Hall of Fame
Perhaps not a conventional choice for the best arcade in Las Vegas, but hear us out. The Las Vegas Pinball Museum has a lot of things going for it.
First off, because it’s a museum, it’s a nonprofit. That means they have set the prices on all the pinball machines as low as 25 or 50 cents. You can spend half the afternoon here for the cost of just one Orange Julius at the Fun Dungeon. Second, there’s 25,000 square feet of pretty much nothing but pinball machines. That’s hundreds of machines lined up, and all of them playable.
Got a favorite from the 80s? It’s going to be here. Did you have one from the 70s out back in the barn that you never saw working? It’s somewhere here, too, waiting for you to feed it quarters. And if that sense of nostalgia isn’t enough to rival even the best arcade in Vegas, then we don’t know what is.
There’s also free parking and no expensive food or drink options. Well, not really any food or drink options at all other than some vending machines. In fact, the interior, which some have described as quirky, and others as a “disarming thrift store feeling,” may not be for everyone.
The carpet had a prior home before being repurposed here, and the change machines were allegedly picked up from the trash bins of a local casino only minutes ahead of the garbage men. But their dedication to the machines is unswerving, and that’s all that really matters.
There is no ATM, so make sure you have some smaller bills available before arriving. It’s a walk from most strip hotels, so a cab may be required if you don’t have a vehicle.
Sunday – Thursday | 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday – Saturday | 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
While Las Vegas is often billed as an adult party spot, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great spots for kids of all ages to enjoy their time here.
One thing to please remember is that these are places for you to hang out WITH your kids. Pretty much all arcades in Las Vegas require parents to be with children under the age of 18. These are NOT places where you can drop off your child while you go and play the slots. Thankfully, all of these arcades are as much fun for adults as they are for kids.
Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
Have your hotel booked already and worried about entertaining the kids? Hopefully you’ll find the below FAQs helpful. Some of these can rival the best arcades in Las Vegas, anyway!
Does MGM have an arcade?
Yes, MGM Grand has two arcades. Level Up is marketed as a modern day lounge and “ultimate adult playground”. It features nightly entertainment, TVs showing live sports and, you guessed it, arcade games. There is also a game center for kids complete with virtual reality games.
Does Aria have an arcade?
Yes, there is an arcade within the Aria Hotel which is suitable for kids. It features modern video games and more classic entertainment like a dance machine and claw machines.
Does the Strat have an arcade?
Yes, the Strat Hotel features arcades such as Amusement World, or X World 360 Virtual Reality Experience.
Does Resorts World Las Vegas have an arcade?
Yes, Resorts World Las Vegas has a social lounge called RedTail. Here you’ll find an arcade, oversized interactive games, TVs, and live entertainment.
Does The Venetian have an arcade?
Entertainment at The Venetian Las Vegas comes in the form of an escape room experience, a virtual reality experience, and world-famous Madam Tussauds.
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