Twin brothers and Parkville Lanes co-owners Edward and Brian Foreman have given sphere slingers a home for classic duckpin-style bowling since 1986 with 26 gleaming lanes. While the rules of duckpin bowling are similar to those of the traditional 10-pin game, bowlers play duckpin with softball-size bowling balls that lack treacherous finger traps, which they hurl at shorter, squatter pins with three throws per turn. Between turns, patrons can refresh at the snack bar, where steaming slices of pizza are chased with sips of brews and wine. Perfect for family-fun nights and dates with retired wrecking balls, Parkville Lanes can also accommodate larger parties for birthdays, wedding receptions, bowling leagues, and weekly and weekend lane rentals.
Bowl at one of the upscaliest bowleries in the city and feel like Jay-Z or Mason Andrews. Today's Groupon gets you an hour of bowling plus shoe rental at Mustang Alley's Bar Bowling and Bistro for $15 (normally $31.50). Though you won't be able to use this Groupon on Friday or Saturday from 7 p.m. to close, you can still bowl when the alley has its weekday specials, such as half-price wine bottles on Tuesday and half-price burgers on Wednesday. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Things are a little smaller at Glen Burnie Bowling Center, though the facility itself encompasses 30 lanes and a full-service snack bar, named GB Ducks Cafe. The petite objects in question are the pins and balls themselves. Glen Burnie celebrates the tradition of duckpin bowling, which incorporates lighter pins and smaller, easy-to-throw balls that almost never hatch into dragons. The objects collide during league games and open play. The smaller equipment also accommodates kids, and young bowlers can start playing in leagues as early as four years old. The coaches and instructors who oversee these programs hold certifications from the National Duckpin Youth Association.
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
Originally constructed in 1958, Suburban Bowlerama now boasts a renovated bowling emporium of 30 automatically scored lanes, a pro shop, a full snack bar, and a lounge. Bowl for two hours with a posse of up to six people total, outfitted with rental shoes and an arsenal of strike-hungry spheroids. Celebrate pin decimation and gutter-snubbing throws with toasts from a pitcher of soda provided by the snack bar, or drink to novices' meritorious scores, courtesy of optional bumper bowling. Groups can also take part in cosmic glow bowl, where rolling orbs transform into cosmic neon meteorites and blown kisses metamorphose into UFOs.
When the overhead lights go down at Colony Park Lanes, it doesn’t always mean it's time to go home. On Friday and Saturday evenings, it signals the start of Glow Bowling, preparing pin pummelers for a night of heart-pumping beats, black lights, fog, and glow-in-the-dark lanes that lasts until 1 a.m. It's just one of many things that draws families to the 32-lane alley, which also boasts a game room and full lounge with five big-screen TVs. Daytime games invite bowlers to roll strikes under traditional lighting as 180-inch above-lane projection screens play music videos and sports coverage, saving visitors the trouble of interviewing their own bowling balls. The center also welcomes kids for birthday parties that include unlimited frames, pizza or hot dogs, and balloon party favors, and can equip lanes with optional bumpers to ensure youngsters have an even playing field at all times.