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Playland Not At The Beach

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A fond farewell to one of the most unique family activities in the Bay Area.

I bid a fond adieu to Playland-Not-at-the-Beach and everything they have managed to accomplish in... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2018
El Cerrito, California
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Totally cool old style game museum/arcade, but sadly closing after Labor Day to make room for... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
El Cerrito, California
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10979 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530-2338
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

This place is fun for all ages. There is a little bit of everything related to amusements. There is a history section devoted to the original Playland in San Francisco, And there is a miniature hand carved circus. And rooms with miniature sets devoted to...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2018

I bid a fond adieu to Playland-Not-at-the-Beach and everything they have managed to accomplish in the past decade in their small office building located along San Pablo Avenue. For those who don't already know what Playland Not-at-the-Beach is, it is part museum, part arcade and...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Totally cool old style game museum/arcade, but sadly closing after Labor Day to make room for condos. Go now while you still can!

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Reviewed 25 August 2018

Well first of all growing up in San Francisco we often went to Playland at the Beach! When we found out a lot of the Fun stuff went to El Cerrito and were pretty happy. Now we found out they are closing. Boo hooo hooo!!...More

Thank 55Mickey
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Playland not at the Beach. Brought back memories of the real Playland at the Beach. It’s to bad it will be closing after Labor Day. The building is small but packed with lots of fun. We thought it would be a quick look around &...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

I thought it was a big building/place when I tried to find it. I passed it a couple of times. They packed a lot of stuff into the small place. It is a very unique place, not for everyone. They have a lot of old...More

Thank chetho
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Fun, very entertaining for children, adults, the whole family! Never too crowded so always a great pleasure.

Thank Marina R J
Reviewed 13 June 2017

Expected just a museum of the Playland at the Beach that closed in 1972 but much more was offered. We started off with the video of the orginal location and associated bath house. Then toured the diarama area of Circus, Christmas Village, Dicken Village and...More

1  Thank Captnslow
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Must visit for beach or Playland history buff - amazing and wonderful historic beach games and attractions...

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Reviewed 16 March 2016

What a treat to be able to play so many different, cool games without having to count your quarters. Very festive atmosphere there. The food is carny/theater food, but that's not important at all. A friend had her 65th birthday there and everyone had a...More

1  Thank BStewart27
Reviewed 8 April 2015

Never had heard of this place but a friend took us there and I was pleasantly surprised. Doesn't seem like much from outside but go in and step into a great time. Lots of pinball games and some interesting history also. You can also book...More

1  Thank Les01
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Marisela E
20 July 2017|
Response from Captnslow | Reviewed this property |
This place is for all ages, Make sure to spend the time there and play ALL the pinball machines, The Magic show is fun.