Go-karts hugging the turns of a winding indoor track. Bowling balls tumbling down glow-in-the-dark lanes. Lasers zipping past black lights and glowing murals. Within Amazing Jake’s more than 90,000-square-foot indoor amusement park, these attractions are just the tip of the iceberg. Elsewhere, cars collide in a bumper arena, intrepid adventurers scale a towering climbing wall, and riders of the mini-coaster scream their teeniest, tiniest screams.
Those are tough to hear inside the arcade, which resounds with the bleeps and blips of more than 150 redemption and video games. While the older kids enjoy all these spoils, younger guests can savor four attractions of their own, including a train ride and carousel. To help visitors reenergize, Amazing Jake’s houses a 100-foot all-you-can-eat buffet stocked with pizza slices, pastas, and salad fixings.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.39 value).
Pinz celebrates classic ten-pin competition with open hours throughout the week, league opportunities, and cosmic bowling each weekend. The newly renovated facility is now outfitted with synthetic bowling surfaces, glow-in-the-dark carpeting, and flat-screen television sets. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the lanes take on glowing hues that emulate the experience of bowling under the Northern Lights without the inconvenience of getting frostbite. Pinz’s onsite kitchen dishes up quick specialties to fill bellies, and the facility’s game room is equipped with pool tables, air-hockey tables, and a digital jukebox capable of plucking old 45s from the far reaches of the Internet.
Just two blocks from Fountain Hills' famous 560-foot fountain, Fountain Bowl stands as a monument itself, celebrating strikes, spares, and even the occasional split. After its 2009 renovation, the family-friendly alley now boasts shiny new lanes, pin-spotter machines, glow-in-the-dark carpeting, and flat-screen TVs. With two friends and a frenemy, 10-pin fans can fill up four seats at one bowling lane, throwing slashes and Xs for as many as three rabble-rousing rounds.
Let It Roll Bowl's lineup of 32 slick lanes invites locals in for a night of friendly competition accompanied by drinks and grub from its lounge and restaurant. Paintings of vibrantly colored cityscapes line the walls of the homey alley, and each lane is outfitted with monitors that keep track of scoring and pins' heartbeats while competitors send orbs gliding down waxed paths. Throughout the week, the alley spices up traditional play with a variety of specialty nights, including ones with karaoke and head-bobbing soul DJ sets; flashing neon lights accent classic rock tunes during "Rock N Cosmic Bowl". The on-site lounge keeps taps brimming with eight drafts and keeps glasses filled with a selection of wine, mixed drinks, and soda while the kitchen of the connected Oaxaca Restaurant churns out a spread of Mexican favorites, snack fare, and cheese or pepperoni pizzas. The seasoned alley-goers at the pro shop outfit players with gear and provide instruction on proper form and on how to find the hidden stash of walnuts at the center of every bowling ball.
Tumbling balls and clattering pins echo across the gleaming hardwood alleys at Glenfair Lanes, where bowlers of all ages strap on multicolored kicks for group play. Fluorescent bulbs shine neon shades onto alleys until 1:30 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night during neon bowling, where orbiting disco balls, flashing lasers, and excessive Blade Runner quotes add flair to game play. Tournament bowlers can clink chalices of beer and soda to celebrate strikes, and pintsize players can fuel up for youth bowling sessions with saucy slices of pizza.