Tarheel Lanes Bowling Center celebrates the fine art of pin demolition with sleek, modern alleys set within a smoke-free facility. Arriving visitors are paired with a pair of bowling shoes designed to leave lanes un-scuffed and toes un-stubbed, before claiming a lane for two games’ worth of strikes, spares, and stern lectures to balls residing in the gutter. An automatic scoring system keeps cheating at bay and math skills dormant, and an on-site snack bar and game room encourages players to linger in the family-friendly facility long after the 10th frame. Tarheel Lanes is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
League bowling is alive and well at Wade Hampton Lanes. There are morning and late-night leagues, church and practice leagues, leagues for men and seniors and youths, and even a league for homeschoolers and their families. This roster is a testament to the broad range of people who enjoy bowling at the center, where 32 synthetic lanes also attract casual bowlers, especially during events such as the creepy cosmic bowling that takes place on Halloween weekend. When these bowlers aren't picking up splits or pouring concrete in the gutters, they're playing video games in the arcade, browsing the pro shop, or noshing on wings and sipping draft Yuengling brews in the bar and grill.
The future is now at Paradise Lanes & Family Entertainment. On Friday and Saturday nights for Cosmic Bowling, the lanes light up like an airline runway as disco lights traverse the room, painting everything in primary colors. Even in the light of day, bowlers take advantage of state-of-the-art scoring systems at each of the 32 glossy lanes. Little bowlers don't have to bring along their robot arms to send their balls down the lane either; here, they have bowling balls lightweight enough for them to roll and bumpers available on many lanes. Post-bowling, players retire for a tropical drink at the tiki bar or claim a table in the 11th Frame Diner for a burger, BLT, or some fried pickles.
Each of Star Lanes' 32 polished synthetic lanes comes equipped with automatic scoring, allowing players to concentrate on technique instead of tallying. Players can chow down at the snack bar between frames or drift off to the game room and settle tie games with an old-fashioned token-eating contest. The kid-friendly facility also offers bumper bowling for novice players and hosts birthday parties that end with the guest of honor being presented with a bowling pin that’s been signed by all of the guests.
Though its name suggests an industrial space rumbling and hissing with the engines of machines, The Factory fills its multifaceted play space instead with laughing children, chirping video games, and crashing bumper cars. An arcade brims with more than 100 shooting, driving, dancing, and adventure games that inspire players to bravely extend their winning streaks to a range of other attractions. Single and tandem go-karts careen around the turns and up the ramps of a two-story track. Groups bombard each other with infrared light inside an indoor laser-tag area. Parents can also indulge their child's natural curiosity about caddying on a nine-hole indoor mini-golf course that winds past the factory's high-ballocity foam factory, inflatable slide, and enclosed ball-tossing chamber.
To stay fueled for continued play, guests can drape their laps with napkins and dig into cuisine from an onsite steak house or an unlimited pizza buffet.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Bowling
Franklin Lanes and Skateway is a haven of family-friendly entertainment?the facility includes both classic skating rink and 24 shiny bowling lanes. Traditional bowling is streamlined with automatic scoring, and off-duty players can ogle the fresh masking units that conceal the pin system's inner workings. Revelers can refuel with southern-style eats and tipples from the tiki bar, which also hosts flat-screen TVs, live entertainment, karaoke, and crochet races. The on-site staff also mans a pro shop packed with all the bowling gear one could need, including shoes, balls, and bags.