How To Find A Classic American Arcade

Forget many of the more modern "arcades", full of skill-testers and UFO catchers. Sometimes you just want to play something old, vintage, with wood-panelling and a faded marquee. An arcade game with history.

Sadly, classic arcades are hard to come by these days. So here's how to find one.

This detailed map seeks to include as many truly classic arcades as it can. While the emphasis is on dedicated, vintage arcades, there's also scope to include something more contemporary, or a venue that's not just an arcade, if it at least has a "significant number of classic arcade machines".

The map probably doesn't include everything, nor does it include private arcades, so if you see something's missing, there's contact info here to get something added.

Complementing the map is this website, which attempts to catalogue which games are available at each arcade. The Scandia Family Fun centre in Fairfield, California, for example, has Joust, Asteroids, Afterburner and even the badass Thunder Blade with the sit-in cockpit.

View U.S. Classic Arcades in a larger map

If you want to plan a trip to a truly classic arcade, you can find the interactive map at the link below. If you're in Montana, Minnesota, New Mexico or Mississippi, you might also want to consult guides on very long road trips.

U.S. Classic Arcades [Google Maps, via Arcade Nation]

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    It would be easy to do the equivalent map for Australia. It would be blank.

    yeah its a pitty most arcades are full of mechines that want $5 a go these days at modern arcades

    and yeah australia would be blank xD

    Yer uhm... what's with the American content on the Australian site?

    (random UK bit)

    Went to Scarborough a few months back. Every arcade there was full of those machines where you stick in 10p and see if it makes any cash fall out.

    Doing one of these for the UK would be easy - Blackpool would be the only place on it.

    I've not been there myself but apparently Galactic Circus in Melbourne has a pretty decent collection of arcade games?

    Planning to take a look next time I'm down there.

    Galactic Circus is alright, though it's mostly newer games.

    I was just on the Gold Coast though, and Timezone at Surfers is fricken gigantic. It seems to house most of the old machines that used to live at Sega World, and everything is just pristine, I don't think I saw a single broken machine. Nothing in particular in the way of 80s vintage, but there's a fair bit of 90s gear there.

    We totally need a California Extreme here.

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