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.
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.
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.
With more than half a century of history behind its name, Sarasota Lanes has seen generations of locals bowl its alleys, with progeny making sly, crouching approaches to the same lanes their parents did years ago. The tradition continues at the alley’s 36 lanes with automatic scoring, far superior to counting on the fingers and toes of fellow players. The alley's snack bar refuels bowlers with succulent chicken wings, burgers, pizzas, and drinks. At the pro shop, bowlers can gear up for future lane domination with balls, bags, and accessories.
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, which allowed the teens who had previously been hand-setting the pins to focus on perfecting their jazz hands for upcoming street rumbles.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. They attempt to knock them down during leagues, club play, and events such as birthday parties and fundraisers. The largest owner 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.