Best Old School Arcades In Metro Detroit

July 22, 2016 8:00 AM


Do you remember walking into a dark room, lights flashing, music blaring, games lining the perimeter of the room as well as every inch of the center space? The games sounding sirens when people win, kids racing to the prize counter with bundles of tickets falling out of their hands, the smell of popcorn, and the joy of everyone excited about playing a game? An old-style arcade can be difficult to find, but well worth the discovery. Listed below are several arcades that bring out the kid-like feeling in both children and adults.
C.J. Barrymore’s Entertainment
21750 Hall Road
Charter Township of Clinton, MI 48038
(586) 469-2800

C.J. Barrymore’s Entertainment has all the activities someone needs for a day. Begin outside riding Turbo Karts, rock climbing, play miniature golf, ride the Loop Roller Coaster, bungy, play on the driving range, visit the batting cages, and ride the bumper cars and bumper boats. Spend in between moments playing games in the arcade, and end the evening in the arcade playing up to 150 games. Play a good game of air hockey, basketball, Nascar games, spin the wheel, whack the mole, pinball and more. Gather tickets at the end and win a prize.

Zap Zone
43680 Van Dyke Ave.
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(586) 323-0030

With tokens in hand head straight to the arcade. Play the physical games such as basketball, roller ball, racing games, and the animal grabbing game. Try virtual games such as galaxy games and Just Dance. Or enjoy interactive games like air hockey. There are many games that can provide hours of fun. After spending time at the arcade, check out laser tag, mini bowling, the jump zone, bumper cars and miniature golfing.

DK Beercade
36470 Jefferson
Harrison Township, MI 48045
(586) 463-2671

Beer and Pacman…do I have your attention? DK Beercade is the arcade for adults where they can drink beer, socialize and play unlimited games (with tokens) such as Frogger, Flinstone Pinball, and Jurassic Park pinball. Check out Mortal Kombat 2, Street Fighter 2, World Class Bowling, and so much more. The older games are the best arcade games, and they are found at DK Beercade.

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Galaxy Zone
12841 Ford Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 945-1010

Galaxy Zone is a great place for kids. With a wonderful arcade and Laser Tag, kids will be happy for hours. Play Dance, Dance Revolution, Wheel of Fortune, motorcycle racing, shoot hoops, Terminator, and various other games. With colorful lights, music, excitement, food and hours of entertainment, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum
31005 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 626-5020

Are you looking for a place that can make old memories come to life? Are you wanting to create new memories? Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum has every game you can think of. Various pinball games, a fortune teller, Pacman, Atari, Skeet and more. Play Star Wars and Ghostbusters and Big Race and Doodle Jump. Find more games. Gather tickets. Win prizes. Go again. Take pictures. Smile, laugh, have fun and spread the word about how awesome Marvin’s arcade is.

Putting Edge Novi
44225 12 Mile Rd.
Novi, MI 48377
(248) 348-4022

Nothing beats glow-in-the-dark games. At Putting Edge in Novi, they have an awesome miniature golf setup, as well as an arcade. With miniature golf, line the putter up and get a hole-in-one to win a prize. Watch the golf balls fly in the dark. Then go into the arcade. Glow air hockey is the best. Play Grid. Throw basketballs. Spin the wheel. It’s an awesome afternoon spending time playing games.

Play Atlantis Family Fun Center
19400 Allen Road
Melvindale, MI 48122
(734) 250-7206

Have energy and need a day of fun? Go to Play Atlantis Family Fun Center. All ages are welcome. Hide in the Laser Tag room, play miniature golf indoors and outdoors, bounce in the jungle gym and check out the arcade. Make sure to have tokens in the arcade room. Bounce from one game to the next spinning and winning and having a fun time.

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