For more than 30 years, Friendship Lanes’ family- and friend-friendly bowling facility has provided orb-lobbers with professional-quality lanes, complemented by a snack bar, lounge, and full bar. The family-owned-and-operated joint houses 24 slick and shiny Brunswick lanes and automatic score systems ushering in genial competition from morning until night. Friendship hosts a legion of daily specials, all of which can be used with your Groupon. Stop by from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays for $2.25-bowling games or after 9 p.m. on Thursdays for unlimited games and shoes for $8. Or bowl like the bourgeoisie by renting a lane in the new VIP Pinz Club ($25/hour for up to six bowlers, including shoes), featuring black-leather sofas and chairs perfect for hiding loose change and naggy cell phones.
Bowland Centers specialize in family entertainment, boasting multiple lanes and modern scoring systems that add a degree of leisure to any frame. Lanes are equipped with kid-friendly pop-up bumpers and spacious seating areas—the prime place to lace up a fresh pair of shoes ($3.25 per pair). Play game by game ($4.25 per game) or rent a lane by the hour ($16 before 6 p.m., $20 after 6 p.m.) while taking in the symphony of pin-knocks and hand-fives. En route to the semi-perfect game, guests can also stop by Nemo's Sports Cafe, which features ample amounts of eats and drinks, big screens televisions, and people who know your name, because you typed it up on the scoreboard.
Rooted in New York and New Jersey, Pin Street Bowling Centers have provided family-friendly entertainment for more than 50 years. The spacious lanes are conditioned each day, guaranteeing pristine surfaces for open bowling sessions and leagues, which are divided by season, gender, and age. Competition continues in the snack bar and lounge, where pool tables, hearty burgers, salads, and creative cocktails match up with customers' cravings. Pin Street’s staffers can accommodate groups by opening early or staying late to, and they cater parties with customizable menus that address any dietary restrictions or phobias of flatware.
At All Star Lanes, owner Bill Hanson and his staff keep 24 lanes glistening in prime condition, not just for casual bowlers, but also for the pros. According to North Fort Myers Neighbor, national bowling celebrities such as Walter Ray Williams and Pete Couture descended upon the slicked-up paths to victory for the 2012 Signature Series Storm North Fort Myers Open Pro-Am and Senior Pro-Am. More often, though, the lanes echo with the thunderous strikes and victorious shouts of everyday bowlers, such as those who participate in the facility's humorous "I'm Not Good Enough To Bowl In A Tournament" tournament. Hanson and his crew also use their powers for good, hosting fundraisers for organizations that support American veterans and raising awareness for childhood cancer.
After smashing out a few strikes and spares, guests refuel with pizza, wings, beer, and soda. The family-friendly center also keeps patrons entertained with glow-in-the-dark bowling, pool tables, and weekend karaoke, where people can sing or play a hollowed-out bowling ball like a spherical flute.
Strikers Family Sportscenter invites guests to perfect their pin felling on 1 of 40 lanes. Bowlers handpick their favorite from a selection of neon balls and watch the 42-inch scoring monitors come to life with animated computer graphics. On weekend nights, flashing lights and music break up the rolling repetition during Rockin' Roll glow bowl. For cross-training, the arcade keeps bowling arms in tip-top shape with skee-ball and whack-a-duck. The snack bar restores nutrients lost performing the worm down an opponent's lane, hot wings and onion rings to a crisp and peppering 14-inch pizzas with a choice of 10 colorful toppings.
Splitsville explores contemporary consumption within a bowling framework, combining swankiness with three bars, and a full-service restaurant. Splitsville’s menu, developed under the guidance of one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs of 2008 Tim Cushman, stacks up and knocks down a cadre of ville plates ($5–$14) including spicy edamame and three-pepper calamari, stomach-stuffing signature plates ($14–$19) including the mahi mahi with voodoo shrimp and filet mignon, and big bowl drinks ($21) including the rum bowl and voodoo juice bowl. Diners sprinkle the restaurant with chatter as they dive into their choice of sauced steaks, generous pizzas, and rolls from the on-site sushi bar to the musical vibrations blowing from the speakers. After 8 p.m., all diners younger than 21 turn into pumpkin-shaped bowling balls and the fine hobby-sport decorum requests an evening-casual dress code as the crowd usurps the restaurant’s reins for nocturnal nourishment with energetic music.