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.
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.
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.
Stumps Lanes is proud to cater to a diverse clientele, with its bowlers ranging from aged 2 to 92. The 12-lane alley provides adjustable bumpers for novice players, whereas more experienced bowlers participate in leagues and tournaments. For a break from games, a fleet of televisions broadcasts sporting events. In addition, Stumps Lanes houses Alley 13 & Outside Deck, which hosts parties and other celebrations.
All sorts of friendly competition are welcome at Southern Lanes Sports Center. The facility hosts 16 bowling lanes, an arcade, and a billiards room filled with regulation-size tables measuring in at 37 cue balls by 25 cue balls. Differentiating itself from other bowling alleys, Southern Lanes also expands its slate of competitions to include outdoor activities like horseshoes, basketball, or sand volleyball. Best of all, visitors can toast their contest with a drink on the outdoor bar with covered deck.
Of the three Super Bowl Family Fun Centers, Superbowl Erlanger is the biggest. Its skybox overlooks 64 lanes where bowlers can roll strikes and perfect their victory dances. Visitors looking for a change of pace can also head to the pool tables, perfect for games of billiards or a really easy round of miniature golf.
Erlanger's two sister fun centers?Super Bowl Bellewood and Super Bowl Alliance?boast pool tables too, along with 32 automated lanes apiece. And whichever one kids visit, they're welcome to bowl. All three spots host birthday parties and roll out bumpers for youngsters.