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“Okay for adults and big kids.”

Livingston's Amusement Center
Ranked #57 of 143 things to do in Sarasota
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Orchard, Colorado
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Okay for adults and big kids.”
Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

We came here during a heavy downpour, so the kids would have something fun to do. Even the arcade is evidently focused more on adults. I've alway really liked the traditional games, whack-a-mole, ski-ball, etc. None of those types of games are here. They do have nice pool tables, and a go cart track for adults and bigger kids...it's just not a great place for seven and under.

Visited April 2013
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Clearwater, Florida, United States
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Not a bad way to spend an evening with friends”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

My wife and I primarily went to play arcade games. We were a bit disappointed to that end. Most games are cheap ticket games but even then, some of those were pretty fun. There is a decent bar and some great pool tables. They also have kart racing and laser tag but we will try that out next time.

Visited February 2013
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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66 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Overrated”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

What we thought was an amusement center full of cool games ended up being full of lame games. Overpriced for the gocarts. A 5 minute ride is way too short. Has a bar which is nice for the adults but pretty expensive for drinks if that's your game.

Visited February 2012
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Bradenton, Florida
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44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Not inexpensive, but worth an occasional visit...”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

No, it's not cheap, but one of the previous reviews needs to be corrected. Yes, billiards are charged on a per person per hour basis, but there is no time anytime during the week where it costs $9.00 per person per hour to play pool. The hourly rate runs from $3.50 to $5.50 per person depending on time/day. That is still far more expensive than most per-game systems, but given the atmosphere here a bit of a surcharge is to be expected.

Livingston's is clean, well-organized, and there is much to do here, from billiards to go-carting, a rock-climbing wall, and the arcade where kids (and kids at heart) can accumulate points on some of the games to exchange for prizes in the prize room. To play, you must first purchase a game card in a vending machine and load it with points from your credit/debit card. Then you just swipe the card to play the games. This is convenient - far too convenient, as spending credits is as easy as a swipe and you don't actually see your money disappearing into little slots. Two of us burned through $40 in no time - it was fun though.

It's a little strange to be in a place with a full bar and somewhat of a "bar/tavern" atmosphere with little kids running around nearby, but it seems to work. For those who want a more adult atmosphere there is a separate billiards room accessible only for those 21 and up. No smoking is allowed except in small outdoor courtyard near the front door.

Yes, it's a little pricey, but considering how clean and well-run this place is (the bathrooms were spotless), it's definitely worth a visit to come play on occasion.

Visited January 2013
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Florida
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Preteen and teen fun”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Car racing was fun as well as other activities. They are very strict to make sure no one comes in drunk by giving a breathalyzer test to use some areas. Not for very young children.

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