Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501
This is real pinball madness, over 70 machines on free-play after you purchase admission. Dig the retro and pinball based décor, there are even some really cool see-through pinball machines.
The collection contains interesting machines I’ve never seen before such as caveman and clown.
Many rooms are filled with antiques and new games ranging from Dr. Who, Iron Man, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
The machines are on rotation so you never know what you’re going to see when you come in, all the more reason to visit again and again.
Playland Not At The Beach, 10979 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, CA 94530
Strange and wonderful, this place was a real trip. Everything you’d find at a boardwalk beach amusement park slapped in the middle of a city, it’s a true warp within these walls. Walk in and smile at all of the odd artifacts gathered from a bygone time. A laughing Sal similar to the Musee Mecanique, miniature worlds of Charles Dickens and Santa’s Village,
penny arcade games,
and of course what we came for – tons of pinballs!
Over 30 to be exact, scattered about. It’s a bit of a maze to walk around which is great, because I kept discovering new rooms with different games once I thought I’d seen them all.
There are all of the beloved classics and some more obscure such as rollercoaster tycoon which I love to see.
This is another pay admission and games are on free-play, so you can play all day!