Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Bootcamp’s helicopter tours take passengers on soaring journeys through the Baltimore skyline. Pilot Robert "Bootcamp" Shapiro has logged over 1,700 hours in single and multi-engine sky-cycles and even more hours as a Baltimore native, making him the guide among guides for an elevated expedition through the city. As Bootcamp provides an informative aerial commentary, casual or crackerjack photosmiths can snap photos of prominent landmarks such as Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Francis Scott Key Bridge, as well as blimp-quality views of Camden Yards, Bank Stadium, and lively neighborhoods like Fells Point. Flights depart from Clarksville and take up to three passengers on 20-minute tours.
Underneath all the bouncing, sliding, and laughing, Jumping Jamboree's staff has craftily disguised healthy exercise and the development of social skills. The 8,000-square-foot facility houses gigantic inflatable bounce stations, including separate areas for toddlers and younger visitors. But while kids scurry across this indoor playground, they're also interacting with others and using their intellect to solve challenges. Jumping Jamboree's experienced staff monitors play areas at all times, allowing parents to kick back with the facility's WiFi or sneak home and finally take their turn jumping on the beds.
On the tree-lined shores of Sue Creek, the adventurous can ride stand-up paddleboards to explore the creek's calm waters. From the Baltimore Boating Center, the seafaring staff pairs its clients on boards suited to their skill levels. Paddlers launch from a newly constructed floating pier, meaning no one will have to mount their boards from a low-flying helicopter.
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