Like dress shirts and elevators, video games are easy to use and provide hours of carefree fun with buttons. Press start with today's Groupon: for $5, you get admission for two and two $3 bags of nickels at Nickel City (a $10 value). If you redeem your Groupon Monday–Friday, you'll also receive 50 additional tickets for each half of your duo.
Nickel City houses more than 120 family-friendly video games, including more than 10 free-play games and vintage classics that all operate on the most Jeffersonian of coins—the nickel. Admission grants the holder all-day access to nickel-fueled excitement, allowing patrons to come and go at their leisure. With two $3 bags of nickels (a total of 120 nickels), customers can flit from game to game like gargantuan Tinkerbells. Defend the world against a synchronized attack from extraterrestrial beings in Aliens, or strap in to a racing game to take in speed-blurred views of the pixilated wildflowers along the track. Interactive dance and music games offer artistic satisfaction, and Street Fighter III ushers in a new wave of pavement-borne bullies. After a day of gaming, the prize counter offers untold riches to players of any age who earn enough tickets to barter for their booty.
Nickel City Fun Center
You've probably heard this phrase before, or at least something to its effect: "Back in my day, that cost a nickel." Decades ago, just about everything ran five cents, from candy bars to bus rides. Of course, anywhere you go today, that simply isn't the case—anywhere, that is, except for Nickel City Fun Center.
Nickel City operates almost exclusively on nickels. Inside the 15,000-square-foot space, visitors can play more than 100 games by inserting the coin that features Thomas Jefferson's only selfie. They can top high scores in pinball, zip goals past air hockey opponents, or even conquer ticket-redemption games and trade their paper winnings in for prizes. In addition to all its games, Nickel City also features four Highway 66-themed miniature bowling lanes with automatic scoring and bumpers. The best part: players don't have to wear special shoes or hover above the lanes on a magic carpet—they can just step up and start bowling.
What do you do when you have a full hour to waste before the 9:45 p.m. showing of "The Adjustment Bureau?" You hang out at Nickel City of course!Emi K., Yelp, 3/14/11
Nickel City is a fun little arcade. If you like playing video games or earning tickets for silly little prizes, then you'll have a good time here.Jackie C., Yelp, 1/12/08
11610 Carmel Mountain Rd.
San Diego, California 92128