Ace Bowling Center allows folks of all ages to hurl spheres at pins like Zeus flinging a planet at the Rockettes. Pick team names based on favorite ice cream flavors, perfect synchronized post-strike dance moves, and bond with overgrown marbles at Ace Bowling Center. Nineteen giant projection screens are mounted throughout the space to accommodate the regular sports fan, and channels can be changed to keep your telenovela-watching record intact. Cosmic bowling presents an alternative to weekend laser-show routines, setting the mood with dark lighting and lively Friday and Saturday crowds. Classic bowling shoes are included in the deal. The bowling center is open seven days a week, so stop in for your shoe fitting and get in on the pin-bashing fun.
Thirty glossy lanes await pin pounders of all stripes at Bama Lanes, a locally owned bowling center that has been racking up spares and strikes for more than 35 years. Players are first outfitted with a rented pair of slide-friendly soles (a $3 value) allowing them to take to the lanes with the same smooth, slick grace of butter melting on a Motown record. Duckpin-hunting season commences as bowlers test their backspin techniques in two 10-frame games (up to a $7.50 value) that can be shared with a friend or played-out in a double-dose of skill-boosting solitude. Between frames, Bama Lanes keeps somnolent strike-throwers energized with a complete snack bar and pro shop, and a postgame party lounge hosts pocket billiards and joyous karaoke sing-alongs that may inspire pins to knock themselves over in silent protest.
Gleaming bowling balls rumble down 40 polished wooden lanes at Junction Lanes Family Entertainment Center, where clusters of bowlers lace up multicolored kicks and spend an hour waltzing to the tune of clattering pins. On weekends, regular lights and just-whitened smiles give way to the black lights, strobe lights, disco balls, and rousing music of cosmic bowling.
Mini golfers can head over to Junction Linx, a course awash in neon obstacles and vivid arboreal murals. Sculpted lions, rhinos, and alligators snap at passing putters in the jungle-themed portion of the course; homages to patriotic landmarks surround the other nine holes, featuring replicas of the Liberty Bell, the Lincoln Memorial, and Jack Nicklaus’s backyard.
At The Depot Grill, players sink teeth into piping-hot pizzas from Buchi Z Pizza, creamy scoops of Bruster’s Ice Cream, or steaming buns loaded with Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. This sustenance shores up gamers so they can hone their reflexes at the arcade.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Centers reverberate 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.
Between frames, AMF keeps players energized at onsite food zones stocked with wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Stationed at at Lagrange/Callaway Airport, the FAA-certified flight instructors at Airventures teach their pupils the nuances of flying in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Their services range from introductory Learn to Fly courses to Private Pilot's License course regimens, which can serve as a launch pad to earning one's instrument rating, multi-engine rating, and commercial piloting license. For seasoned vets, the outpost also furnishes rental aircraft and assists aviators with scheduling trips to nearby attractions such as Gulf Coast beaches, Atlanta, and that cloud that looks like Garfield.