Best Place for Old-Fashioned Fun

Musée Mécanique

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Anyone who missed having the bejesus scared out of him by Laughing Sal, the menacing mechanical mascot that hovered over Ocean Beach's bygone amusement park, Playland, can visit her at Musée Mécanique, an old-fashioned arcade with 165 coin-operated amusement machines. Sal's taunting, toothless cackle aside, the Cliff House's downstairs entertainment center still incites loads of laughs thanks to four Gypsy fortunetellers (one of which has been doling out sage advice since the 1914 San Francisco Exposition), plus a 1930s wood-carved mechanical circus diorama, a small orchestra of player instruments, and more recent classics like Ms. Pac-Man and Galaxian.

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