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FUNSPOT: World’s Largest Arcade

I’ve mentioned before that we have some very loyal friends who are fans of this blog. This summer, several of them reported in with their tales of purposely seeking out BIG stuff to share with us. I couldn’t be more flattered and…well, smugly satisfied that our “Go BIG” movement is quietly taking over the world.

Funspot

I'd say they're pretty excited!

This month’s guest post is submitted from my college friend Joanne, who originally hails from the “Granite State,” New Hampshire. It’s not a large state, but it IS home to the world’s largest arcade! Here’s her report:

Where we went, and who was coerced into going:

While searching the internet I discovered that the world’s largest arcade, FUNSPOT, is at Weirs Beach, NH! Luckily, I didn’t have to coerce my husband and kids, ages 10 and 4, into going since everyone loves an arcade, right?

WHY did you go there, exactly?

We decided to go to Weirs Beach at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire for our summer vacation because that was the location for my 25th high school reunion. I did some advance research on fun area attractions in case it rained. Once I discovered that it was home to the world’s largest arcade I was determined to check it out for inclusion on this blog!

Okay, what was so cool about it?

My four-year old was in heaven! We never made it from the main floor although there are more activities on the second floor, including indoor mini golf! It’s usually a challenge to find a place to take both a ten year old and a four year old and have both be equally entertained.

The candlepin bowling was a huge hit, and just his size. Then he discovered the mini bumper cars for kids ages 3-8. Luckily, I had found an on-line coupon on their website for 50 free tokens with a purchase of $20 worth of tokens.

Bowling alley

Victory!

The ten-year old became obsessed with a game which released pieces of candy if you were able to scoop them up and drop them in the right position.

After several hours of playing, both kids had amassed a large collection of tickets which they turned in at the massive prize counter on the lower level. Our previous encounters with prize counters at places like Chuck E. Cheese had been a nightmare, but this time both kids managed to find prizes which they liked. Here, the prize counter was at least five times the size of others, meaning a lot more choices…

We never made it outside to the newest attraction, Monkey Trunks, which had just opened. It is an impressive climbing apparatus with a very long zip line ride at the end. Since it’s impossible to describe it adequately, I’ve included a photo.

Monkey Trunks

Save the Monkey Trunks course for older kids.

Editor’s Note: Although Joanne’s family didn’t partake in the Monkey Trunks high ropes challenge course, our friend “ColoradoGal” at The VacationGals.com DID go there this summer. Click here for her in-depth review.

How it rated on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = snoozefest, 10 = add to your bucket list):

I would say the arcade is a 5. Certainly a great place to spend a rainy day if you’re vacationing at Weirs Beach but unless you’re really into playing some classic arcade games, I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit. If you have older kids, then I’d highly recommend the Monkey Trunks if the weather’s good.  Although my kids were a bit young to try it, I really wanted to do it! Maybe for my 30th High School Reunion?

A little background info about the place:

Funspot was founded by Bob Lawton in 1952. There are over 500 games, a 20-lane ten pin and candlepin bowling center, cash bingo, outdoor and indoor mini-golf, a restaurant, a tavern and more. It’s open every day of the year except Christmas. Storage lockers and strollers can be used at no charge.

arcade

Mom, this only cost 3,000 tickets!

Hey YOU! Go BIG!

Funspot

579 Endicott Street North
Laconia, NH 03246

603-366-4377

 

 

2 comments

  1. Tina E said,
    October 12, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    Funspot is prominently featured in the documentary, “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” Great movie!

  2. Mike said,
    October 13, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    I wuld love an update afetr they try out Monkey Trunks. That looks awesome!