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Where to play in Destin, FL?


By 2FlippedOut41Mo

4 years ago



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    #1 4 years ago

    I'm heading out of Sour Lake, TX and traveling to Destin, FL in the morning. I'll be there for a week. Where's a good place to go play, and by chance, are there any tournaments happening?

    Thanks,

    Allen

    #2 4 years ago

    The last time I was in Destin, the only place I could find pins was at "Helen Back Cafe" on Okaloosa Island (10 mins from Destin). They had a very bad shape Rollercoaster Tycoon and a TZ needing some care but pretty playable.

    You can use the pinmap feature to find locations to play:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/map/where-to-play

    #3 4 years ago

    There was an Attack from Mars at Hurricane Lanes back in March!

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    #4 3 years ago

    Just stopped at Helen Back about 30 minutes ago. Yep, they have a TZ (pretty toasty but not super bad) & Roller Coaster. We're going to stop by tonight & have a drink & play a few games.

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    #5 3 years ago

    Just thought I'd post a picture of the Attack From Mars that's at the Hurricane Lanes. It was a little dirty but played great.

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    #6 3 years ago

    AFM still at Hurricane Lanes June 2016. Still very dirty but played good. Couldn't get the ball up the lock ramp, though.

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    #7 3 years ago

    Realize old thread, but:

    Nearby - ish, in Pensacola:

    LOTR, No Fear at Deluna Lanes
    High Roller and TSPP at 'Play'
    Hurricane and Shadow @ Felton's
    Junkyard at Sir Richard's
    POTC as Ruby's Fish Camp
    Playboy at The Big Easy
    Whitewater at Nascar

    My town's on your way back out to TX - ( Near Mobile, AL) . Pinsiders always welcome at my place, only 6 pins on the line right now but we like them.

    2 years later
    #8 1 year ago

    Very old thread - but still important to travelers - heading to Watersound next week (Destin) and wondering if there is an update to pins available to play in the area? Pinmap isn't terribly helpful right now for that area.

    Thanks -

    #9 1 year ago

    There are a ton of new arcades in Destin. The one I went to did not have pinball but you should check out the 3-5 new arcades on the main road through Destin.

    #10 1 year ago
    Quoted from chiefbrody:

    Very old thread - but still important to travelers - heading to Watersound next week (Destin) and wondering if there is an update to pins available to play in the area? Pinmap isn't terribly helpful right now for that area.
    Thanks -

    I'm following this thread, too, since I'm headed to Ft Walton Beach next month.

    #11 1 year ago

    I'll be there tomorrow evening - so if I find any info I'll update this thread.

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    #12 1 year ago

    Didn't get out into Destin much, we were in Watersound and I didn't find anything there. There is an arcade in Panama City called Funland Arcade that has three pins, Ripleys, Star Wars and GOT, all three in decent shape. Coin Drop - I think the GOT was 3 games for $2, the Ripley's was 50 cents a game and I didn't try the Star Wars. Bunch of other arcade type stuff in there too, and there was a kitchen and I think beer. We didn't stay long - had other things to do.

    #13 1 year ago
    Quoted from parsonsaj:

    I'm following this thread, too, since I'm headed to Ft Walton Beach next month.

    ROBINSON'S CRUSE THRU is in Ft Walton and I had a blast there last year.
    The most recent update shows the EM is broken, I hope its back on line when we go in a few months.

    #14 1 year ago

    Good luck, fellas. I live 20 mins from Destin, and I call the Florida Panhandle the "pinball wasteland". I prolly have more games in my home than nearly the entire area.

    You're going to have to travel to Panama City or Pensacola, one hour in either direction for pinball. County Line Pizza closed this year, both locations, so their TAF, TZ, SS, and BOP are off the plate. No loss there: those games were in shit condition. Half the mansion inserts were gone, and TZ reset with both flippers pressed.

    #15 1 year ago
    Quoted from chiefbrody:

    Didn't get out into Destin much, we were in Watersound and I didn't find anything there. There is an arcade in Panama City called Funland Arcade that has three pins, Ripleys, Star Wars and GOT, all three in decent shape. Coin Drop - I think the GOT was 3 games for $2, the Ripley's was 50 cents a game and I didn't try the Star Wars. Bunch of other arcade type stuff in there too, and there was a kitchen and I think beer. We didn't stay long - had other things to do.

    Sigh I have fond memories of Funland, grew up in South Alabama only about 80 miles away. That was like a watershed event for me as a kid and then teenager to get to go there and spend a buck or two... Sadly Funland closes for the season right around Labor Day so even THAT is not an option this time...

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    #16 1 year ago
    Quoted from parsonsaj:

    Sigh I have fond memories of Funland, grew up in South Alabama only about 80 miles away. That was like a watershed event for me as a kid and then teenager to get to go there and spend a buck or two... Sadly Funland closes for the season right around Labor Day so even THAT is not an option this time...

    funny. The real reason we went was because when I was a teenager in the 70's, my dad and I lived in PCB and we would walk to funland to play pinball. Back then the whole place was lined with machines. I wanted to walk back in and see it 40 years later. It was a cool experience.l

    #17 1 year ago

    Rocket lanes in Panama City Beach has a Walking Dead and the Holiday Inn game room on Okaloosa Island has a PotC and a Theatre of Magic. Destin Lanes has an AFM in so so condition. Theres a Roller Coaster Tycoon at White Sands Bowling in Ft Walton Beach. Aside from a few crappy beaters in some dive bars and Fun-land thats about all Ive found anywhere near Watersound. Pretty slim pickings.

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    #18 11 months ago
    Quoted from NPO:

    Good luck, fellas. I live 20 mins from Destin, and I call the Florida Panhandle the "pinball wasteland". I prolly have more games in my home than nearly the entire area.
    You're going to have to travel to Panama City or Pensacola, one hour in either direction for pinball. County Line Pizza closed this year, both locations, so their TAF, TZ, SS, and BOP are off the plate. No loss there: those games were in shit condition. Half the mansion inserts were gone, and TZ reset with both flippers pressed.

    Where are the games in Pensacola? I am just familiar with usually two at the Play bar downtown.

    #19 11 months ago

    There's my house in Destin. I have plenty of games and beer

    #20 11 months ago
    Quoted from chillie:

    There's my house in Destin. I have plenty of games and beer

    I will be in Destin at the end of the month, I need Pinball play time !!

    #21 11 months ago
    Quoted from aufisherman:

    Where are the games in Pensacola? I am just familiar with usually two at the Play bar downtown.

    Visit OReilys further down the street. There's a WPT there.

    Cordova Lanes and the bowling alley on 9mile should have some too.

    #22 11 months ago

    Cordova Lanes had a TSPP and a Walking Dead last time I was there a few months ago. They were fully working.

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    #23 5 months ago

    Will be in Destin for the next week. Looking to see if there are any pinballs added in the area.

    #24 5 months ago
    Quoted from Impzilla:

    ROBINSON'S CRUSE THRU is in Ft Walton and I had a blast there last year.
    The most recent update shows the EM is broken, I hope its back on line when we go in a few months.

    This taco joint has removed the pinball and replaced it with a few mulicades that barely work last time I was down there- its a shame, great place to eat.

    #25 5 months ago

    A new Ice cream shop called Sunrise Ice cream just opened on the corner of hwy 393 and C30A, about twenty minutes east of Destin. They have a few arcade games and a Walking Dead pin. Holiday Inn game room on Okaloosa Island still has TOM and Stern POTC as far as I know, havent been there since last year. And the AFM is still at Hurricane Lanes on Hwy 98. Aside from that you are pretty much dealing with a pinball wasteland around here. If you find any other locations please post them here!

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    #26 3 months ago

    Updating this to let anyone know who may be interested or coming into town that Uncle Bucks Fish Bowl in Destin has suddenly gotten a Deadpool pro, ACDC Vault Pro and a Star Wars pro in the very back of their redemption/ticket arcade. Also have 5 or six old school early 80s arcade games back there too on quarter play. Its pretty cool.

    #27 3 months ago
    Quoted from Sinistarrett:

    Cordova Lanes had a TSPP and a Walking Dead last time I was there a few months ago. They were fully working.

    I checked on this back in late May. All pinball at Cordova Lanes is gone. Pool tables only.

    #28 3 months ago
    Quoted from Sinistarrett:

    Updating this to let anyone know who may be interested or coming into town that Uncle Bucks Fish Bowl in Destin has suddenly gotten a Deadpool pro, ACDC Vault Pro and a Star Wars pro in the very back of their redemption/ticket arcade. Also have 5 or six old school early 80s arcade games back there too on quarter play. Its pretty cool.

    Sweet, heading there next month

    #29 3 months ago

    Is Destin a big tourist destination? I've never been there and don't know anything about it. Looks like that area is a good place to live. My neighbors claim they are bailing out of California, selling their house and moving to Destin after visiting there.

    #30 3 months ago
    Quoted from xsvtoys:

    Is Destin a big tourist destination? I've never been there and don't know anything about it. Looks like that area is a good place to live. My neighbors claim they are bailing out of California, selling their house and moving to Destin after visiting there.

    It is the tourist trap of the Panhandle. Makes driving on US 98 an absolute nightmare. Personally, I loathe that whole area and have been there maybe 7 times across the combined 25 years I lived in Pensacola and currently stationed at Eglin AFB.

    Now Miramar Beach east of Destin..... THAT is a nice area. It is what Destin used to be - enjoyable and not completely congested.

    #31 3 months ago
    Quoted from xsvtoys:

    Is Destin a big tourist destination? I've never been there and don't know anything about it. Looks like that area is a good place to live. My neighbors claim they are bailing out of California, selling their house and moving to Destin after visiting there.

    Go in september/October - best time to visit the gulf INMO, no crowds and weather is cooler.

    #32 3 months ago
    Quoted from NPO:

    I checked on this back in late May. All pinball at Cordova Lanes is gone. Pool tables only.

    Yeah I saw that too. On the plus side,the Deluna Lanes bowling alley in Pensacola got in a GOT pro with latest code, and also a very nice fully working Party Zone, a pin I never expected to see on location again.

    #33 3 months ago

    Ok, interesting. I’ve been to Orlando / Kissimmee dozens of times, if it’s anything like that...

    #34 3 months ago

    No theme parks, the beach is the main draw for the most part. But plenty of touristy stuff and shops,restaurants, water parks etc to do nowadays.
    Ive lived here my whole life and over the last ten years watched the traffic get worse and worse and more and more tacky stuff get built on every available piece of land. Right now they are six laning Hwy 98 because the existing road cant handle the traffic anymore.
    But For those of you who dont live here, Im sure its a wonderful place to vacation.
    Worlds Whitest Beaches!

    #35 3 months ago
    Quoted from Sinistarrett:

    No theme parks, the beach is the main draw for the most part. But plenty of touristy stuff and shops,restaurants, water parks etc to do nowadays.
    Ive lived here my whole life and over the last ten years watched the traffic get worse and worse and more and more tacky stuff get built on every available piece of land. Right now they are six laning Hwy 98 because the existing road cant handle the traffic anymore.
    But For those of you who dont live here, Im sure its a wonderful place to vacation.
    Worlds Whitest Beaches!

    Sounds like the same stuff going on over here at the beach on the other side. But, we also have taxes

    #36 3 months ago
    Quoted from Sinistarrett:

    But For those of you who dont live here, Im sure its a wonderful place to vacation.
    Worlds Whitest Beaches!

    We come down almost every year for over 25 years and the development down 98 is crazy.
    My favorite place to play removed the last game recently - but I just looked at the site on Pin Map and someone has added Attack from Mars to the location.
    Maybe check out ROBINSON'S CRUSE THRU and see whats up there?

    #37 3 months ago

    Yep AFM is in Robinsons Cruz Thru now. I was talking to that operator the other day, he has 3 AFMs currently out on location. Robinsons, Starcade Billiards, and Destin Lanes each has one.

    #38 3 months ago
    Quoted from Sinistarrett:

    Yep AFM is in Robinsons Cruz Thru now. I was talking to that operator the other day, he has 3 AFMs currently out on location. Robinsons, Starcade Billiards, and Destin Lanes each has one.

    Starcade had a Shadow last I scouted. Thing was so beat that someone clipped a work light on the back box shining down on the playfield because it was so dark. I have some pictures of it somewhere.

    #39 3 months ago

    Hey NPO how long ago was that? I havent been in Starcade for a while.
    That other operator who had all the beat up pins in Helen Back and County Line also had a beat to death Shadow he routed in a bar that closed here in Niceville, wondering if its that same one.

    #40 3 months ago

    It probably is. I saw Shadow I'd guess......about a year ago. It was very tragic.

    Who is the operator running all these shit games? TZ had more lights not working then working, reset issues, flippers that could not make either ramp shot, and the PF was beyond blown out.

    TAF had half the mansion inserts completely missing.

    SS was in equally bad shape.

    I would have happily....happily offered $2K to save that TZ, starting with a new Mirco PF and learning the ins and outs of that entire game to bring it back from the dead. It was in ROUGH shape.

    Midwest and NE Pinsiders have absolutely no clue how nice they have it vs. down here.

    #41 3 months ago

    Believe me I tried to get that TZ years ago. Dont know his name, a bar employee called him for me and asked if would sell it or any of his games, it was an emphatic NO, and he would not speak with me at all.
    His games that I know of: ToM, SS, TAF, TZ, FH, TS, BOP, RCT.
    A murderers row of games, well, except for RCT.
    All blown out, partially working resetting wrecks.

    #42 3 months ago

    That's too bad. They're all junk now. The RCT is at White Sands bowling alley, and like all the others, embarrassing.

    #43 3 months ago

    There was (closed now) a bar called Hell and Back... I saw a beat up Twilight Zone & offered 2500 but never got a answer. We were there again in February & the same Attack from Mars is at the bowling alley... it played well & was set so it was pretty easy to win more credits.

    My wife's parents go to Destin from October to March every year & rent a very nice huge apartment on the 16th floor right on the beach. It's fun for awhile but I don't think I'd blow a bunch of vacation days unless it was free... her parents pay.

    How can there be so many beach towels/souvenir shops in 1 area ?? I bet there's 1 on both sides of the main road about every 1/2 miles.

    #44 3 months ago
    Quoted from scampcamp:

    There was (closed now) a bar called Hell and Back... I saw a beat up Twilight Zone & offered 2500 but never got a answer. We were there again in February & the same Attack from Mars is at the bowling alley... it played well & was set so it was pretty easy to win more credits.
    My wife's parents go to Destin from October to March every year & rent a very nice huge apartment on the 16th floor right on the beach. It's fun for awhile but I don't think I'd blow a bunch of vacation days unless it was free... her parents pay.
    How can there be so many beach towels/souvenir shops in 1 area ?? I bet there's 1 on both sides of the main road about every 1/2 miles.

    Thats the same Twilight Zone I was trying to get. Pretty beat up wasnt it! Helenback closed down and its gone now.
    Yeah I wondered the same thing about all those beach shops when they built them a few years ago, but man during the spring and summer they stay open till late and they are all filled with money spending tourists. When it storms people pack in there like sardines.

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    #45 59 days ago
    Quoted from Sinistarrett:

    Updating this to let anyone know who may be interested or coming into town that Uncle Bucks Fish Bowl in Destin has suddenly gotten a Deadpool pro, ACDC Vault Pro and a Star Wars pro in the very back of their redemption/ticket arcade. Also have 5 or six old school early 80s arcade games back there too on quarter play. Its pretty cool.

    Thanks for the update. Headed that way now.

    #46 59 days ago

    Thanks to Sinistarrett I found the 3 machines at Bucks Fish Bowl. AC/DC was left in service mode and would not operate but the staff was very helpful and took it out of service mode even though these are not their machines. The cannon would trap the ball and the machine would do a ball reset then move the cannon which would release the ball.

    The Deadpool had an issue with balls getting trapped behind the targets in the center and then searching for a ball. It would take a long time to finally find the ball and it frequently resulted in a drained ball.

    Other than that it is a good place to play all three games. Very few people in the arcade on a Monday and even fewer in the pinball section.
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