Whether it’s a shootout with mortal enemies or driving a race car through perilous twists and turns, arcades offer role play and hours of fun for adults and kids a like. Massachusetts has several popular arcades for trying one’s hand at video games, air hockey or skee ball. Check out the state’s 10 best, then give your favorite games a shot.
Featuring food, drinks and an arcade—all for adults—Dave & Buster’s in Woburn is the perfect place for grownups to play. Giant TVs feature sports for those not into arcade games. You can even book private parties.
Featuring both new and classic video games, skee ball, a snack bar and a large redemption center, Joe’s Playland has graced Salisbury for 90 years. Open weekends and school vacation weeks in September through Memorial Day, check the website for longer summer hours. Generations of gamers flock to Joe’s, sharing their love of the arcade with their kids and grandkids.
Boasting three popular Massachusetts locations, Laser Craze features a huge arcade in addition to laser tag, bounce houses and slides, and private parties. When a break is needed, enjoy a made-to-order pizza from their onsite pizza ovens.
If it’s a classic arcade you’re longing for, visit Bit Bar in Salem. With games straight from the 1980s and 1990s, this adult arcade will definitely take you back. Enjoy food and adult beverages while challenging a fellow player to a game of Pac Man.
Featuring most of today’s most popular arcade games, Game Underground also has several imported Japanese games that aren’t found in any other arcades. Check out “Jubeat,” “Neo-Geo” and more. Or stick with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” or “Crazy Taxi.” Regardless of your tastes, there are plenty of exciting games to challenge you even the most discerning arcade enthusiasts.
Featuring bowling lanes in addition to their game rooms, Ryan Family Amusement dishes up an abundance of fun for all ages. More than 35 video and arcade games fill the room with the familiar sounds of a modern-day arcade. Book a private party for kids or adults.
Offering laser tag and an arcade for all ages, Merrimack Valley Pavilion even boasts mini-golf in summer and fall. Pizza and ice cream sundaes are the perfect way to top off a fun afternoon or evening. The redemption center features intriguing prizes and everyone wins.
In addition to a roller rink, Roll On America offers a full arcade and laser tag. Win tickets in the redemption center by enjoying skee ball and more than 25 other arcade games. Order up pizza and soda when the gang gets hungry.
Offering mini bowling, black light mini golf, billiards, and an arcade, Funtagious Fun Center in Tyngsborough is open weekends and during the week for private events. There are private game rooms in which to hold your own arcade gatherings, and they feature both classic and current arcade and video games.
A bar and arcade. Enjoy one of more than 20 vintage arcade games at The Quarters while enjoying food and your favorite beverages. Play trivia, too. The retro atmosphere makes for a fun and nostalgic night out.