Entertainment for all ages in Simpsonville, SC
An awesome arcade that has the best games from the 80s and 90s is open in Simpsonville, SC and we just had to try it! Thanks to Upstate Pinball and Arcade Museum for bringing us here to do this review.
When I see an old-school Pac-Man machine, I immediately think of my mom and how much fun we had playing it (and constantly being eaten alive by ghosts). Super Mario Brothers brings back memories I had of me and my friends playing together in middle school. Yeah, I’m dating myself, but I don’t care because there’s a place in Simpsonville where I can now go and play all those retro games and share my good memories with my kids and make new ones too .
About the Museum
the Upstate Pinball and Arcade Museumlocated at Vaughn’s Warehouse and near the Ice Cream Station, features over 50 games for customers to play, including classics like Pinball, Pac-Man, Paper Boy, tons of Nintendo video games, the ice hockey foosball and even Frogger.
This is no ordinary museum; it’s a cool museum. There are vintage games on display at the counter and you can read the history of many games, but you can play almost any game at the arcade. The place started because the owner, Mike, really loved pinball and had quite a collection. So what to do with a collection? Play with them, of course! Mike, being the cool guy that he is, decided to share his passion and thus opened the Upstate Pinball and Arcade Museum.
But he opened it at a pretty disadvantageous time: February 2020, literally a month before the world would come to a standstill due to the pandemic. But Mike did not despair. He has used the time to make the arcade even better and now that it is open again he is delighted to welcome everyone in to have fun.
We found the place super clean and the games in great working order. Can’t wait to go back honestly.
Birthday parties and special events
One of the first questions I asked Mike was if people could have birthday parties there and the answer was a resounding “yes”! When we posted on our Facebook page about the museum, a reader said that she recently had a birthday party for her son and it was awesome. In fact, I thought it might be really fun for an adult birthday party – think of all the great memories you might bring back!
The Upstate Pinball and Arcade Museum also hosts special events and corporate parties. So if you want to do something nice for your employees, bring them here and let them challenge each other to play Super Mario Brothers 3 and walk through the castle without dying.
The cost for two hours of free play for up to 15 guests is $175. Additional guests are $10 each and parties must be booked after hours. Tables and chairs can be set up on request.
Food is next door
The Upstate Pinball and Arcade Museum is located next to the Warehouse at Vaughn’s, where there are several dining options and indoor and outdoor dining spaces. There is also an ice cream parlor right next to the arcade or you can cross the street to the ice cream station next to the train tracks.
If you want a fun night out with food and arcade entertainment, this is it. And the arcade is really for all ages. I went with my two children (aged 11 and 7) and their grandmother and we all had a blast.
Game time and hours
No coins are needed at the Upstate Pinball and Arcade Museum! The cost for unlimited play is $10/person and that includes the whole day. So if you want to play a little go dine next door and come back, your admission includes all that time.
Opening hours are Wednesday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. They are closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Upstate Pinball and Arcade Museum
109A West Trade Street, Simpsonville, SC