Remember those arcade games you loved as a preteen? They’re back and in a big way, thanks to the retro arcades in NJ popping up all over the state. These cool sites give off 80s and 90s vibes and are spots where you can introduce your kids to the likes of Donkey Kong, Frogger, and Pac-Man while schooling them on the finer points of being a pinball wizard. And unlike back in the day, most places are set to free play (you pay by the hour), which means you can leave those bags of quarters at home. Scroll down for the best retro arcades in NJ to get your family’s A-game on. (featured photo credit: Yestercades Westfield)
Retro Arcades in Northern NJ
Billy’s Midway Arcade
Experience arcade games from 1954 to 2004, with over 100 game cabinets available at one of the coolest retro arcades in NJ. No coins are needed—pay one price for a wristband for hours of playtime.
312 Lafayette Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07506
Game Vault Morristown
Over 100 arcade games and pinball machines are in this game room housed in a former bank building. Rent it out for a kids’ party or even a retro adult night.
22 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
Marcade Family Fun Center
See if you can hit your high scores when you sign up to play for 30 minutes, one hour, or all day long at this Dover arcade.
437 US-46, Dover, NJ 07801
Rack N Roll
Get into nostalgic fun by playing over 100 games, including the classic Skee Ball game to modern video games. Your kiddos can also enjoy the bounce house, carnival-style games, and billiards area.
212 Washington Place, Passaic, NJ 07055
Retro Arcades in Central NJ
Eight on the Break
The Break, founded in 1973, is considered one of the longest continually operated arcades in the United States. Besides the video games, kids can test their skills on classic billiards and pinball at one of the most nostalgic retro arcades in NJ.
340-346 North Ave., Dunellen, NJ 08812
Go Play! Retro Arcade
Step back into the ’80s and play with classic arcade cabinets, pinball machines, and gaming consoles. All games are included with the entry fee.
1102 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719
In 1953, Leo “Pete” Whalen opened a single stand with a hand-spun wheel, and today Lucky Leo still stands. Find newer games, old favorites, and popular carnival games for prizes.
315 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
Silverball Museum Arcade
With 600 games in rotation, there’s bound to be a game for your whole family to scout out. After playing, check out gaming history and grab a bite at the on-site cafe.
Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712
YESTERcades Red Bank, Somerville, and Westfield
With 3 locations of retro arcades in NJ, you won’t have to go far to play your favorites like Ms. Pac Man, Super Mario Bros, and Guitar Hero.
Red Bank- 80 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701 – (732) 383-7873
Somerville- 29 Division Street, Somerville, NJ 08876 – (908) 526-3270
Westfield- 151 E. Broad Street, Westfield, NJ 07090 – (908) 228-2398
Retro Arcades in Southern NJ
Game On! Arcade
With the classics, pinball, or virtual reality, all ages will have a blast playing at this retro arcade in NJ. There are also games for group play, like side-by-side consoles and air hockey.
32 North Main Street, Medford, NJ 08055
Inside this turn-of-the-century historical landmark, there’s an original carousel dome filled with 100 retro and modern arcade games, including pinball machines, crane games, pool tables, and fun for the kids. Play classics like Pac-Man, Asteroids, and the famous Skeeball—this game still only costs 10¢ to play, just like it did when it opened in 1976.
1168 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226
Lucky Snake Arcade
Play the world’s largest crane game, the hugest PAC-Man game around, and classic games from the ’80s to today. There is over 85,000 square feet of fun at the Lucky Snake.
801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
RAM Arcade and Museum
Get your leg warmers and neons ready—it’s time to step back into the ’80s. Most of the games at RAM Arcade are 40 years old or more, proof that retro arcades in NJ are white hot right now.
122 N. Haddon Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Play hundreds of classic games from the 80s and 90s in this huge warehouse space filled with fun. Switch between classic character favorites like Donkey Kong to mini-golf-themed Power Putt.
4403 E. Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
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