Bowling in Monterey

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Though still the same game at heart, the bowling competitions at Valley Center Bowl take on a sci-fi spin. The center's 30 lanes use flat-screen televisions to report bowlers' scores, play 3-D graphics, and display a digital clock counting down to the robot uprising. During events such as the Rock-N-Bowl, black and colorful lights dance along the walls and floors while videos pour from six 42-inch screens. Electronic entertainment coaxes visitors away from the lanes an into a newly remodeled, 3,200-square-foot redemption arcade that sits beside the Lazer Frenzy laser maze. Recently renovated with comfortable seating and flat-panel screens, Monterey Lanes entices bowlers of all ages to strive for a perfect 300 score while enjoying good company and crisp refreshments from the cocktail lounge. Weekend glow bowling and an onsite arcade keep gamers amused, and the pro shop caters to more serious bowlers. Monterey Lanes routinely lends its slick surfaces to charity events, such as Bowl Over Breast Cancer.

2161 Fremont St
Monterey,
CA
US

Morgan Hill Bowl is a multi-purpose entertainment center with myriad games and activities for the whole family. Friends and families trade high-fives and trash talk as they practice their hooks and curves on polished hardwood lanes. Later, things turn psychedelic as music and light shows illuminate the alley during cosmic bowling, which also features music videos projected on drop-down screens.

But the fun and games aren't just limited to bowling?Morgan Hill also features a bocce ball room with well maintained courts and a connected wine bar. For pre- or post-game beer and cocktails, bowlers can head to StriXe Lounge, a 2,000 square foot bar with billiards, darts, and eight flat screen TVs for sports viewing. The bar also hosts regular karaoke nights, during which, guests can belt out their favorite tunes or use the mic to read aloud from a favorite bowling-themed novel.

650 Tennant Sta
Morgan Hill,
CA
US

Morgan Hill Bowl is a multi-purpose entertainment center with myriad games and activites for the whole family. Polished hardwood lanes sprawl from the play line to the pins, where friends and families trade high-fives and trash talk, and where things turn psychedelic with music and light shows during cosmic bowling. But the fun and games aren't just limited to bowling?Morgan Hill also features a bocce ball room with well maintained bocce courts and a connected wine bar. For beer and cocktails, bowlers can head to StriXe Lounge. StriXe is a 2,000 square foot bar with eight flat screen TVs for sports viewing, billiards, and darts. They also regularly host karaoke nights for guests to belt out their favorite song or mimic the sound of pins falling if there were nobody around to hear them.

650 Tennant Sta
Morgan Hill,
CA
US

If not for the occasional clatter of pins, Bowlmor Lanes' bright and modern decor and its full-service dining room could be mistaken for a lively nightclub. The sleek establishment’s gleaming lanes exude a glamorous charm not often found in bowling alleys. Adding to the ambience is a high-end sports bar and glow-in-the-dark lighting that illuminates each bowling pin.

10123 N Wolfe Rd
Cupertino,
CA
US

It would be hard for many citizens of Fremont to remember a time before Cloverleaf Family Bowl. David and Marian Hillman opened the center back in 1963, and it's been a destination for friendly competition ever since. That's not to say there haven't been some changes over the years. Today, Cloverleaf Family Bowl features automatic bumpers on each of its 44 lanes, HD televisions in the sports lounge, and a special glow-bowling event that takes over the entire facility with more fog, lights, and music than you could find in even the grooviest swamp.

These games can stretch well into the evening (the center stays open until 2 a.m. every day), but there are plenty of reasons to stick around besides bowling. Saturdays mean karaoke, although any visit can include a game of pool or a trip to the pizza and food court, which serves up everything from breakfast pizzas to late-night burgers. That extra boost of caloric energy just might be the deciding factor in clenching the top score in one of Cloverleaf's many tournaments?which they host for kids, adults, and senior citizens.

40645 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont,
CA
US

Bel Mateo Bowl, home to 24 newly-installed Murrey synthetic alleys, fully automatic scoring, brilliant LCD monitors, and automated bumper bowling, provides family-friendly pin pulverizing seven days a week. Black-lit lanes illuminate bowling balls as they travel down the center's slick alleys during Planet Bowl, held each Friday and Saturday evening and fueled by colorful lights, upbeat tunes, and gravity. In addition to hosting leagues and bowling camps for kids, the colorful bowling center stocks a snack bar and serves drinks at a cocktail lounge punctuated by big-screen TVs. The alley's arcade room, complete with glowing air-hockey table, driving games, and pinball, hosts gaming kids and inner children alike, and karaoke on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday encourages lively covers of popular tunes and somber odes to fallen bowling pins.

4330 Olympic Ave
San Mateo,
CA
US