Pastime Pinball
Pastime Pinball
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12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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A family friendly playable pinball museum in the heart of beautiful Manchester, VT featuring more than 60 top-rated American-made pinball games from 1947 to today set to FREE PLAY (pay admission at the door)— plus a snack bar dishing out classic boardwalk fare with a Vermont twist, craft beer and locally sourced nonalcoholic beverages. The arcade is a perfect small event space and is available for children’s birthday parties and private events such as corporate retreats, milestone birthdays, holiday celebrations and wedding weekends.
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billy_b73
Boston, MA19 contributions
Family
Both my 9 year old and 5 year old enjoyed their pinball experience more than I expected. And the same for me!

We purchased the unlimited pass although I was on the fence about the additional expense as compared to the 30 minute pass (the other option). However it paid off as we played for 1 hour 20 minutes. It took a while to discover our favorites and learn how different the various machines can be, so having extra time made for a relaxing non-rushed experience.

It was a bit pricey so I'd say if you're on a budget, pay for 30 minutes and come back another day if you enjoy your experience.

The World Cup was our family's favorite.
Written January 2, 2022
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Thanks for introducing your kids to pinball and writing about your experience! Sounds like a great ski trip!
Written January 3, 2022
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Calvin L
1 contribution
Truly surprised with the quality and depth of this amazing establishment. Everything is in pristine condition - with an incredible variety of games to choose from... any thing from 1947 to the present day... My lady and I saw the sign while driving by, and had to check it out, and accidentally stayed for 2 1/2 hours playing through everything we could ;) Truly recommend this place to anyone who has an appreciation for games, or the artistry and craft involved in making them. Very fairly priced for what you’re getting... this is a rare collection on the East coast! 10/10 !
Written July 26, 2020
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Thank you so much for spreading the word! We really appreciate It!
Written July 26, 2020
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Jack C
7 contributions
Traveled up an hour and change from North Adams, MA, and it was so worth the trip. Pastime Pinball is amazing. They have two floors of machines - the oldest one, “Humpty Dumpty” dating from 1947. You can play your way chronologically through the history of the game, which is really a revelation. The missus was especially pleased to revisit the kindertrauma favorite “Fun House” from her childhood with its smack-talking, scary ventriloquist dummy. Me being a movie freak, I was thrilled to play boards based off of Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, The Shadow (the Alec Baldwin movie) and Elton John's Pinball Wizard character in Ken Russell's Tommy. It's a paradise for cartooning and illustration fans too, as all the board and backglass artists are identified on wall cards along with some history on each machine. I can't say enough good things about the flat admission fee that allows for unlimited play - it's the perfect solution for all skill levels and attention spans. Also, for pinball wizards who happen to be bibliophiles, it's right across the street from the legendary Northshire Books. All in all, Pastime Pinball is an incredible labor of love for the folks who put it together. Pure magic.
Written September 13, 2021
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We can’t thank you enough for your wonderful review. Opening Pastime was a dream come true for us and knowing that our arcade makes others so happy is beyond rewarding.
Written September 13, 2021
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Suzanna E
Clifton Park, NY1 contribution
Couples
I brought my parents to Pastime Pinball for a Friday afternoon visit to Manchester to commemorate my Dad’s 75th birthday. I had visited on my own in December 2021 and had a ball playing all the beautifully kept vintage machines, and I knew my folks would enjoy it. My dad has been an avid fan of pinball since childhood and was tickled the museum’s collection included a game dated from the year he was born. The unlimited play all day pass is definitely money well spent! We had so much fun playing together. The snack bar upstairs is perfect for a break and a quick bite, and even serves craft beer on tap! Definitely do not miss. I am glad we checked the business hours ahead of time as well, as this enabled us to plan our trip with plenty of time for lots of gameplay, a visit to the bookstore across the street, and dinner at the local Thai restaurant. We will definitely be back and will recommend to all our friends!
Written July 16, 2022
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Many thanks for your 5-star review. We’re so happy to hear that your fathers birthday celebration was a success!
Written July 17, 2022
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Edward F
4 contributions
What a blast! Two pinball fanatics took a 1:45 drive from Grantham, NH to dive into this amazing collection of the best machines from eras. John and I explored great examples of fun pinball machines from the first pinball machine to include flippers - Humpty Dumpty to classics like Medieval Madness, Funhouse, Attack from Mars and Theater of Magic.

I've played a lot of pinball machines but had a chance to try out many titles I haven't played before including 80s classics like Taxi and newer machines like Wizard of Oz and Munsters.

This collection has some of the most sought-after vintage machines like Indiana Jones, Bride of Pinbot and of course Adams Family.

Icing on the cake is the collection of 50s and 60s Gottlieb Wedgeheads. Maybe they are not as exciting to play as the modern machines but the artwork is beautiful and you get a chance to appreciate the innovations that came from humble beginnings.

All machines are set on free play. No waiting for machines unlike at some pinball machines where they have lines behind every machine. The machines are in great shape, unlike some other spots that have tired, worn-out machines. Great facility right along Maine Street. And there is a snack bar on the top floor for a hot dog, beer or some nachos so you can reenergize for more pinball action.

We played for four hours straight and didn't get to all the machines. Chatted with the owners who are on the location keeping the machines in working order and manning the snack bar. Nice people who thankfully share this great collection of pinball history with pinheads like us. Thanks!

Great place for pinball fanatics or anyone interested in seeing why pinball is making such a comeback lately. Here is a chance to jump in play for the first time, try machines you've heard about but never got a chance to play or get reacquainted with machines from your childhood.

So much more fun than shopping!
Written August 28, 2021
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Thank you so much for not only making the long trip to visit us, but for taking what must have been quite a bit of time to share your experience on this forum. We truly appreciate your support!
Written August 29, 2021
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John L
3 contributions
Couples
This place is a small piece of heaven. We're lucky to have an interactive museum of pinball history this close to us. Pay one set price and stay for up to 6hrs. They have so many cool games from the beginning of pinball time up to brand new games like Godzilla and Halloween and everything in between. So many cool games, Medieval madness, Ghostbusters, Bride of Pinbot, wizard of Oz, etc. Every game is in pristine condition, you can tell the people here love the games. They also have some other cool games upstairs where you can grab a beer and some snacks. BONUS!
Can't wait to get back there
Written April 3, 2022
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Thanks so much for taking the time to write about your visit. We’re delighted to hear that you had a great time!
Written April 4, 2022
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Laurie A
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Love this place! We made a weekend out of our visit and spent all day Sunday here. The owners are terrific and very knowledgeable. They have pinball machines from the late 40s to current day, and they have plenty of other machines too. The console that has Pacman has dozens of other games, and they have a bowling machine that was a blast. Even though we're a couple hours away, we will definitely visit again and will build this into trips to this area. Can't beat the price of admission. Oh, and they have snacks that don't cost a fortune.
Written June 10, 2022
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There’s nothing we love more than hearing from happy visitors! Thanks so much for sharing your experience!
Written June 10, 2022
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STN
15 contributions
Machines are all in great shape. The place is clean and sunny and clearly very well maintained overall. Staff super friendly. We were there for 4 hours and I was NOT ready to leave, dragged out by my kids who were hungry or something unimportant like that. Although it is not cheap it is a great deal, we played way more than $25 worth each.
Written May 28, 2022
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We’re so glad to hear that Pastime is your new favorite pinball place! Thanks for sharing!
Written May 29, 2022
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in Jamaica - VT
Southern Vermont2 contributions
Spent a couple of hours with our son playing pinball. Only did half of the 60 machines. Awesome time, need to go back.
Staff was great; very helpful and knowledgeable about the games. Very clean, staff constantly cleaning and wiping down the machines.
Great snack bar too.

For less than $20.00 we filled up a weekday afternoon - great value.
Written February 21, 2020
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WinTree
Yorktown Heights, NY55 contributions
Solo
This pinball parlor has an array of machines organized in chronological order. Once you pay an entrance fee based on the amount of time you plan to spend, you have free access to every one of them. Not a pinball fan? They also have some vintage video games, a snack bar, and craft brewed beer. Pinball fans, don't miss this!
Written June 4, 2021
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We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for spreading the word!
Written June 5, 2021
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Pastime Pinball (Manchester) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Pastime Pinball is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thu - Sat 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM