Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.49 value).
Claw machines, pinball, and row after row of redemption games blanket the confines of The Game Room. Once inside, visitors find themselves surrounded with the electronic lights and sounds of various games of chance, which spew countless tickets. At the prize counter, those tickets turn into rewards such as stuffed animals. The Game Room also hosts special events, including double-ticket days and skee-ball tournaments.
The masterminds behind Keansburg Amusement Park, located just off the beach, oversee a park designed to turn a day out with the family during warm weather months into a mini vacation. By dotting the park with roller coasters, go-karts, arcades, and classic boardwalk fare, the owners seem to have realized their vision while also addressing the interests of different-aged groups. Families can glide around the park's classic carousel, and kids ride the colorful Jolly Caterpillar before he presumably morphs into a butterfly at closing time. Some of the park's newer attractions include a fleet of bumper cars and the Rocking Tug ride. With its more than 35 rides, the park has garnered accolades such as Best of New Jersey from the readers of NJ Monthly Magazine, as well as a 2011 Best of Monmouth County from the readers of Asbury Park Press.
Hole in One Miniature Golf helps families and friends escape daily stresses by careening them across a well-maintained 18-hole course filled with tumbling waterfalls, trickling streams, and other scenic obstacles. As an added bonus, the course features plenty of lighting, meaning rounds can extend well past when the sun goes down and stars begin to poke out of their sky shells. Away from the course, a snack bar dishes out thin-crust pizzas?a Hole in One specialty.