Though the thunder of rolling balls and clatter pins has filled Mason Bowl for more than 50 years, the bowling center has in no way fallen behind the times. Each of its 18 synthetic-surface lanes is equipped with automatic scoring and bumpers for younger players. Players can even take the competition outside to a newly refurbished garden, where there are three high-quality cornhole sets. But Mason Bowl hasn't forgotten the basics—the full-service Last Frame Bar & Grill keeps players fueled with sandwiches, casual pub appetizers, and beer distilled from the tears of those who had their perfect games ruined with a 7-10 split.
The bowling alleys at Crossgate Lanes, Stone Lanes, and Eastgate Lanes invite gamers to send balls down gleaming runways in expansive, family-friendly facilities. Those weary of drawing straws to count the pins after each ball can take comfort in automatic scoring at all three locations. Each alley also hosts regular glow bowling, with lighting more luminescent than the water-wheel-powered disco balls of the 1970s. Patrons of Stone Lanes can also relax after their games in an onsite lounge, which is outfitted with three televisions.
Strikes and Spares keeps its bowling old school—clean, family-friendly, and free of self-throwing balls. Kids can shed their superabundant energy while bowling or playing arcade games whilst you warm up with a game of pool or darts (trying to combine them is strongly discouraged). With your Groupon, three games of bowling will give you ample time to perfect your form and wipe that smile off the boss's face that you painted on each of the pins.
Cherry Grove Lanes embraces the changing of the seasons with both indoor and outdoor areas dedicated to group recreation. During the warmer months, the alley raises the nets on seven sand volleyball courts. Primed for nighttime play, the well-lit courts rest beside an open-air lounge that accommodates groups with colorful parasols, shaded tables, and ample room for airborne chest bumps.
Indoors, Cherry Grove Lanes provides solace from summertime sweats and wintertime gusts with 34 synthetic bowling lanes and a pub equipped with dartboards and pool tables. The lanes host fall and summer leagues for adults, seniors, and children, as well as bowling instruction from four-time PBA national titlist Brian Himmler. The staff also fires up sandwiches, appetizers, and pizza to prevent guests from cracking open bowling balls in hopes of reaching the tasty nougat cores.