Best Arcades in Connecticut: From Fun Centers to Old School Arcades

2/9/18 - By Julia Tolstrup

How do I know it's worth a trip to the best arcades in Connecticut? The day my kids and I walked into an arcade with a giant-sized Space Invaders game, I may or may not have raced them to the token machine. There's just something about the flash and buzz of a good arcade that throws me right back to when I was a kid with a fist full of quarters. These days, I hand off all my prize tickets to my kids, but I still get a thrill out of watching them pour out of the machines. I get an even bigger thrill watching my kids dart around like...well, like kids in an arcade!

Read on to get your game on at Connecticut's best old school arcades and fun centers. With climate control in the summer and winter, the season is always right for some indoor fun


Best Arcades in Connecticut - Fairfield County

Sports Center of Connecticut

The arcade here is a separate room in a much, much larger facility offering all sorts of activities. But the arcade totally stands alone and you can easily spend an afternoon here. Pretty much the only machines that don't give out tickets at this place are the pinball machines, though they do have some really great pinball so it's well worth skipping the tix for a couple rounds.

Best Arcades in Connecticut - New Haven

Bouncetown USA

Like a lot of places, the arcade here is situated inside a larger indoor adventure zone. Don't for one second think that means they skimp on the gaming fun, nothing could be further from the truth. Bouncetown is bright and cheerful and chock full of fast-paced, ticket happy fun. 

Best Arcades in Connecticut - Hartford

With over 80 games in the arcade, you're sure to find something for everyone in your family to enjoy. Nomad's also has lots to choose from when it comes to a bite to eat - making this a perfect stop to spend a few hours indoors. There's even a food and game package, check the website for details. 

Shooters Billiards & Arcade

Don't be fooled into thinking that this isn't a place for kids. Shooters is an impressive billiard hall, but the arcade is for gamers of all ages. There are token deals available for purchases over $20 and as they say on their website, "The more you play the more you win!"


Best Arcades in Connecticut - Eastern Connecticut

Sonny's Place
7,000 square feet of arcade action? Sign me up! This place has everything from the classics (Pac Man, anyone?) to the slightly unusual (how about a game of giant Connect Four) and everything in between. 

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