Town & Country Lanes is a smoke-free family center that hosts rollers of all stripes, from children using helpful bumpers to pros battling it out during tournaments. Four nights a week, laser lights cut through clouds of fog as players' song requests drown out the sounds of strikes, spares, and self-administered high-fives. Between games, bowlers can keep their fingers busy at the arcade or fuel their stomachs with food and drinks from the snack bar and pub.
Playdrome entertains its guests with 36 pin-toppling lanes. Each lane features automatic scoring, plasma TVs, and comfortable seating, with bumpers available for wayward balls and misguided pin-missiles. On Friday and Saturday nights, Playdrome hosts Future Bowl Laser Light & Sound Show, which bathes the lanes in a laser light show as glow-in-the-dark balls and pins collide to the cadence of a live DJ.
Nationwide Bowling orchestrates a cacophonous symphony of clanking pins and cheering bowlers at 11 modern bowling centers located throughout New Jersey. Center size varies from the Hudson-Bayonne location where 60 lanes with automatic scoring, a grill, sports bar, and arcade games accommodate armadas of bowlers to Garden Palace, which houses 16 lanes, a bar, and a snack shop. At all locations, staffers host birthday parties and corporate events and organize leagues for competitive bowlers or people who just like to chuck heavy objects as hard as they can.
After undergoing renovations in 2007, Jay Lanes Bowling emerged with 24 freshly resurfaced lanes, brand-new furniture, and electronic scoring monitors. Patrons slip into bright-orange and highlighter-yellow bowling shoes before hurling three-holed balls conveniently color-coded by weight—6 to 16 pounds—and body mass index. Jay Lanes Bowling also hosts Friday- and Saturday-night glow bowling and houses a pro shop with for-sale balls and shoes.
Though Facenda-Whitaker Lanes has trained Pennsylvanian strike-and-spare forces for more than 50 years, its newly opened Game Galaxy turns arcade and tabletop gamers into rec-room champions. Battalions of friends or armies of one may tackle a sprawling array of more than 50 competitive challenges, testing their mettle against air-hockey tables, claw machines, and sweat-inducing rounds of Virtual Butter Churning. A host of classic and soon-to-be-lauded arcade games satiates joystick junkies' need for virtual movement and 8-bit dangers.
Forty-eight gleaming, wooden lanes shimmer under bright lights as polished, multicolored bowling balls careen toward pins waiting at the other end. As friends, families, and bitter enemies take aim and release balls, flat-panel scoreboards automatically update scores alongside irresponsibly hilarious monikers. Occasionally, glow bowling dazzles the senses with pumping music, heady fog, and magnificent laser-light shows.
Beyond bowling, guests can also amuse themselves at one of the Billiard Hall’s 10 full-size pool tables, play their favorite tunes on the room’s private music system, or hit up the on-site pro shop to get tips, equipment, or inspiration for a new juggling routine. They can also grab a bite on site at The All-American Sports Pub, a space known for its HD TVs, karaoke nights, and the occasional rowdy round of beer pong or bar trivia.