A Patchogue institution since 1957, Bowl Long Island spent 2008 completely renovating and updating their orb-rolling arena to accommodate the next generation of family entertainment with synthetic surfaces, modern furnishings, and 48 flat-screen monitors. The X-Mas Eve bowl entertains youngsters aged 4–12 with 90 minutes of lane conquering as parents finish up last-minute shopping and bidding wars with sniper elves in online auctions. Free shoe rentals dress feet in athletic comfort as cookie and hot cocoa snacks dress tummies in sweetened nourishment. Drifting attention spans find an assortment of coloring activities as well as screenings of holiday classics, and onsite gift-wrapping stations assist accompanying adults with ribbon curling and furnish tape dispensers for swaddling presents or sticking Santa beards to bowling balls.
Deer Park Bowl sets an atmosphere of relaxed fun with its state-of-the-art lanes and onsite bar and grill. Patriotic stars and stripes adorn 16 gleaming Brunswick Pro Anvil synthetic lanes that also feature upfront ball returns, delivering balls back to players faster than it takes to memorize the 14 Eskimo words for “bowling.” Servers at the onsite Pinheads Bar & Grill dish up pizzas, fried fare, and Italian entrees as customers play darts, gaze at six plasma televisions, and swig from an extensive selection of cold bottles, tap beer, and top-shelf liquor. On weekend nights, neon lighting transforms the alley into a cosmic wonderland, accompanied by satellite radio and Saturday night.
The deep swell of rolling balls and a cacophony of falling pins punctuate conversations at the family-friendly Amity Bowl. After retrieving shoes and selecting spherical pin-bashing implements, pairs of guests can assume command of a lacquered lane for 10 frames of relaxed collaboration or energetic competition. Partake in traditionally lit pin-thrashing, or revel in the dim splendor of cosmic bowling, which, like most leisure activities and every incident of smearing toothpaste in a friend's hair, occurs during the weekend. Two frosty cups of bubbly beverages help reinvigorate wearied bowlers during the seventh-frame stretch. As an automated mouth at the lane’s end continues restocking its hourglass-shaped teeth, bowlers may also visit the snack bar to sink their own teeth into classic bowling-alley munchies.
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.
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
At South Levittown Lanes, automatic scoring systems tabulate scores on flat-screen TVs as bowlers send orbs spinning down well-waxed lanes. Bowlers can keep one eye on the game and one eye on the projection screen suspended high above the lanes, or traipse to the lounge area to shoot some pool. Guests can also pop in on weekend nights for glow bowling, which transforms the alley into surreal arena of neon illumination, much like the White House after hours.
Baldwin Bowl sets pins up, competitors knock them down, and the pin-pummeling process repeats itself seven days a week and until 4 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Forty-inch LCD scoring monitors perched above each lane are just one of a recent string of facility renovations and outside, a spacious parking lot plays host to cars and victory dances that quickly dissolve into victory mosh pits. A 66-foot movie screen broadcasts images across the alley, and the full-service snack bar and lounge fills stomachs with fresh-from-the-oven pizza slices. Baldwin Bowl also offers party packages and league play.
For more than 50 years bowlers have slung three-holed boulders down Massapequa Bowl's 30 shiny lanes. As automated scoring tallies up their points, bowlers chat across coffee tables, while seated in plush couches and feasting on beer and pizza. Elsewhere, an arcade and stuffed animal-building station, draws kids in for parties replete with a rainbow colored candy bar. Visitors can also get their competitive edges sharpened flinging darts during South Nassau Darts Associations darts leagues.