If you have ever gotten a hankering for playing the video games from your childhood, you should pay a visit to Arcade Amusements in Manitou Springs, Colorado. The arcade is filled with so many traditional favorites is may feel like a museum of arcade games. There are over 250 games for gamers of any age, but chances are, the baby boomers and kids of the `80s will find a lot more here to their liking than younger children. The arcade plays favorite songs from the 1980's including a few newer pop songs. Best of all, these games can still be played for their original price. Bring along pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters and you will have a chance to use them all!
Games include all of the classics including pinball, nickel basketball, skeeball, and traditional 1980's video games. Younger kids will enjoy the automated pony rides while the adults pass time playing childhood favorites like PacMan, pinball, Q-Bert, Donkey Kong, and Frogger. The thing people love about this arcade is that it is not filled with dollar and two dollar games, or a puzzle pieced together by a video game collector who has gathered his collection for public benefit. There are no tokens required to operate the games. You simple insert the appropriate coin and get to playing - just like in the old days. This arcade has been up and running for years and most visitors feel it has not changed a bit. A lot of visitors report visiting with their grandparents as children and returning decades later to find it precisely the same. Skeeball games provide tickets that can be cashed in for candy prizes.
Following your foray back to your childhood, head next door to the Royal Tavern where you can enjoy an adult beverage and recall all of the fun from the day of arcading, as well as the memories it dug up from your childhood. This bar has been around since the 1930's and is looks like a diner or deli. If you need something to satisfy your sweet tooth after a day of gaming, stop by Patsy's Candies for delicious confectionary treats. They also serve popcorn and ice cream. The arcade also features a snack bar that sells soda and funnel cake. Nearby are a number of stores that offer gifts and products for everyone in the family. The arcade is located near Soda Springs Park and creek so if you need a little sunshine and fresh air after a day of play, take a stroll through the park. Chances are, people will not plan a trip to Manitou Springs just to visit the arcade, but if you are in the area, it is a must see, especially for those who came of age in the era of the classic video game. The next time you are headed through Colorado, plan a side trip to this fun location the entire family will enjoy. You will not soon forget your video game trip down memory lane.