Looking across Woodburn Bowl's 12 gleaming lanes, one will find friends, families, and fierce competitors of all ages striving for the glory of many strikes or the simple satisfaction of zero gutter balls. Bowlers can test the strength of their ball-hurling biceps seven days a week, whether it’s under the glow of fluorescent lights or black lights set ablaze during glo-bowling sessions. The snack bar helps serious slingers refuel between trips to the line, and video games provide entertainment for those who'd like to give their hitchhiking finger a workout.
The Grill at Silver Creek Lanes treats bowlers and spectators to hearty American feasts. As diners watch bowlers haul spheres down alleys lit by blacklight and 135" projection screens, they can keep hunger at bay with slices of pizza and chicken strips. The menu also includes cheeseburgers and jumbo hot dogs, complemented by sides such as sample platters, cheese sticks, onion rings, and curly fries.
On Sunday evenings, you might mistake Wilsonville Lanes for Monte Carlo. Sure, its 22 contemporary lanes look the same as on any ordinary day, but the games come with higher stakes. Bowlers can toss some money into the jackpot and participate in one of three games: Spin the Wheel, 4x4, or Blackjack. Of course, these games are a bit different than the ones played on card tables or by dogs in paintings. For example, Blackjack players bowl four shots on four different lanes, instead of flipping cards, seeking a fallen-pin count of 21 to win the jackpot.
But even when it's not Monte Carlo night, Wilsonville Lanes still has plenty to keep guests entertained. In addition to family-friendly bowling, which includes Cosmic Bowling on Fridays and Saturdays, the alley also boasts an arcade, Wi-Fi, HD TVs, and pool tables. Plus, the cafe serves up burgers, hot dogs, and salads to keep players fueled between games.
In the more than 30 years he’s spent at the helm of Four Seasons Bowling Center, George Mareina has learned that there’s only one thing people like better than bowling: baby back ribs. The alley’s Sports Look Restaurant and Sports Bar has been sizzling up the saucy eats since its addition in 1999, and the full-service restaurant is just one of many things that Mareina has added since taking over in 1978. Automatic scoring and pinsetters help keep the fun rolling by eliminating downtime between frames, and the nonsmoking environment makes it an appropriate hangout for bowlers of all ages.
Die-hard bowlers in need of new gear can also stop by the pro shop to browse accessories such as balls, bags, shoes, and corks with which to plug those pesky bowling-ball holes.
Open daily, Park Lanes Family Entertainment Center boasts 32 lanes that dare to go dark during weekend cosmic bowling hours. Recent renovations have also outfitted the lanes with new scoring systems and automatic bumpers. Beyond the lanes, the facility boasts a range of amenities, including a 4,000-square-foot arcade, nine outdoor batting cages, 40 HD televisions, and an onsite restaurant. Likewise, the onsite pro shop allows players to tame their game with top-notch gear and offers free advice on how to train the seven pin to roll over or play dead.
Molalla Bowl houses 16 lanes of ball tossing and pin toppling in a fun, kid-friendly atmosphere. Ensure detailed record keeping and computer-screen calisthenics with automatic scoring while preventing bowling balls from trespassing on neighbors’ property with bumpers, available on every lane. Vibrant walls enclose the lanes, allowing for easy color coordination between the décor and the rented shoes. Between turns, venture to Molalla Bowl’s full bar and café for game-enhancing drinks, snacks, and daily specials (this Groupon is not valid for food or drink purchases), or head to the game room to give thumbs a break from orb throwing and film recommending.