Marty Fichera, a member of the New York State Bowling Hall of Fame since 2002, polishes orbs inside Legends Pro Shop at Flamingo Bowl. Just outside the shop, a kaleidoscopic mural stretches above 40 gleaming lanes. As live DJs soundtrack cosmic bowling on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, old hands such as Fichera gaze at the swiveling lights and think back to the '70s, when all sports were cosmic. The Jungle Lounge bar dispenses Budweiser drafts as teams wait for league matches to begin. Flamingo Bowl also hosts birthday parties, presenting a keepsake bowling pin to the hosts if 10 or more guests attend.
An old-fashioned marquee illuminates the entrance to the Palace Theater, its scarlet and gold light beaming just as brightly as when the venue first opened in 1922. Back then, it was a 1,300-seat neighborhood movie theater with a second-floor dine and dance ballroom. That was owner Alfred Dibella's vision, and when he passed away in 1959, he made sure the theater landed safely in the hands of his daughter, Frances.
Today, the Palace remains a family heirloom. Much like a dubstep remix of the Gettysburg Address, the current space is a mixture of modern technology and vintage appeal, retaining its architectural integrity despite updates over the years. Perhaps the biggest change has been Palace's transformation from a single-screen movie house into a multi-use event space, capable of hosting everything from rehearsal dinners to graduation ceremonies.
Clasped between Saguaro National Park and the Ironwood Preserve, Double R Ranch appears as though it were plucked straight from the frames of an old Western movie. The windswept grounds stand as a gateway to the thousands of untouched acres that quietly stitch together the Northwest side of Tucson. The ranch gives visitors a chance to explore that land with horseback rides and birthday parties. It also offers weekend getaways and RV hookups to city-dwellers in need of an escape from the crowds and door-to-door minivan salesmen that come with urban living. Double R also accommodates guests who have their own horses with overnight stabling services.
Concealed by glowing dividers, combatants creep along the AstroTurf, hunting for a clear shot at an opponent's battle suit. Inside the 6,900-square-foot arena?one of the largest in Syracuse?lasers, black lights, and shadowy corners call to mind a real-life video game or a haunted discotheque. Skirmishes typically run for 15 minutes, pitting the red team and the green team against each other in a tactical contest. During cease-fires, laser combatants can fire quarters into an assortment of arcade games.
Fairmount Glen has enjoyed over 60 years of bringing Syracuse Miniature Golf At Its Best. Dubbed the Augusta National of Miniature Golf by the Syracuse Sporting Times winner of the Best of The Burbs and voted Best Miniature Golf Course in Syracuse by the Syracuse New Times readers Fairmount Glen is one of the areas finest
Amid Bowl Mor Lanes' smoke-free environment, friends and families alike toss miniature globes down slick lanes during three games of pin-pummeling excitement. Parties of two or four step into stylish bowling shoes and devise strategies to conquer small armies of 300 pins apiece. Like buying laundry detergent, bowlers selecting a lane have 24 choices that are all pretty much the same. Parties of four take respite at the Lucky Lane Cafe, where a 16-inch cheese pizza awaits division by its conquerors.