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Welcome To Funspot: The Largest Arcade on Earth

By Paul Rowe

Laconia's Funspot is the largest arcade in the world. Founded in 1952 by Bob Lawton, the arcade has provided non-stop entertainment in an atmosphere perfect for the whole family for over 60 years, and Bob still works there every day!

You can find him working around the arcade, handing out tokens to smiling visitors. He takes pride in the sign out front awarding Funspot the status of "largest arcade in the world" by Guinness World Records.

"We're proud to display the certificate from Guinness in our main entrance," says Bob. "After all, it took us nearly 60 years to achieve that status."

Lawton went on to say, "Since 2000, our popularity and reputation have skyrocketed. We've appeared in movies and television shows." Funspot's founding father is now quite a celebrity and people often seek him out just to say "Hello" or have their picture taken with him. People literally travel from all over the world, as far away as Australia, Japan and Europe, just to come to Funspot.

Sporting the best collection of classic games and pinball you will ever see, Funspot boasts over six hundred games, including two-hundred and fifty classic arcade games, a twenty lane ten pin and candlepin bowling center, cash bingo, indoor mini-golf, a restaurant, a tavern, kiddie rides, bumper cars and more.

"By far our most popular attraction is our games," says Bob. "Be they prize games, video games or pinball games, people love playing them and will spend hours doing so."

These games instantly transport you back to when you were a kid. With very reasonable prices for tokens, it's easy to lose yourself playing games like PacMan, Q*bert, Pong, Space Invaders, Centipede, Gauntlet, Tron, and Donkey Kong for hours on end. Funspot's selection of laser disc games shines with hits like Dragon's Lair, Space Ace, M.A.C.H. 3, and Cliffhanger.

The arcade's bottom floor features skee ball, prize games, and 90s games such as Mortal Kombat and Cruisin' USA. The top floor, dimly lit with red lighting, boasts so many classics from the dawn of video games that you won't know where to start. Eighties music is played at a reasonable level for the enjoyment of gamers both young and old.

"Our 63 year history has only enhanced our reputation," Bob states. "Funspot opened in 1952 when I borrowed $750 from my grandmother to get things started: Needless to say we've grown a bit since then!"

We've all grown a bit, but it's fun to feel like a kid again. Funspot brings back that welcome sense of childlike wonder.

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