Whether you are a pinball wizard or mere gaming mortal, you can relive the days of your misspent youth at two Tarpon Springs museums.
Here, a historic district storefront has been converted into a gallery filled with more than 100 vintage pinball machines and arcade games like Old Chicago, Twilight Zone, Funhouse and Ms. Pac-Man.
Leave your pocket change at home. These former quarter-eaters are now set to free play. There is a play-all-day admission of $13 for adults and $7 for children 7 to 12 years. Children 6 and under are free with a paying adult.
Without a doubt, the machines of yesteryear have an allure to them that no smartphone app or home gaming system does. Their blinking multicolor lights, fantasy artwork, and sounds of dings, beeps and musical flourishes beckon you to put the silver balls in play.
The collection includes the newly released Ghostbusters pinball machine and Atari’s Hercules, “the biggest pinball machine ever made,” according to owner, Brian Cheaney, 37.
Cheaney and his wife, Becky, own SonicPrint, a printing company with offices in Tarpon Springs and Tampa. He credits the success of his print business for allowing them to amass these machines, which typically cost thousands each.
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