At Fort Walton Beach Bowl, all 24 lanes light up like Christmas trees as sounds of pins crashing together and players hooting and hollering soothe the ears like a well-sung carol. For the last 17 years, the same family has kept these lanes glossy and fed the digital turkeys that live in the automatic scoring system. In between slinging pin-smashers, kids can sip on pop while grownups can share rounds from pitchers of beer, and on special nights, bowlers can sing karaoke.
"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, the AMF Bowling Co. was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in the bowling world, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature advanced scoring systems, upgraded interiors, laneside video walls at select locations, and a delicious menu of traditional American dishes and snacks.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Arcade, billiards, bowling, and a full bar
The rumble of rolling spheres serves as a baritone harmony to gleeful shouts at the seats that surround Oops Alley's gleaming lanes. Bowling shoes glide against the wood as patrons take turns knocking down pins in competitions to earn the highest scores or disprove a law of Newtonian physics. Karaoke nights put visiting lungs to use, and a variety of other events lures bowlers away from vendettas with their wooden nemeses. An arcade fuels between-frame score settling with Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution machines that ooze digital melody near a bank of pool tables. A full bar and concession stand whets whistles, and a big-screen television stands tall, waiting to broadcast important athletic competitions or the winner of the Fred Flintstone look-alike contest.