Larry Schmittou, a renowned minor-league coach, executive, and overall baseball legend, traded diamonds for lanes to become president and co-owner of Strike & Spare Family Entertainment. Bowlers, gamers, and bar-goers can convene at locations across four states, each booming with the thundering sound of balls clashing against pins and confused children tap-dancing down the alley. The center is open 365 days per year, with lights and music enticing adults into the bar for a drink or snack, all while the arcade’s bells and whistles distract young ones until the lanes close. A bowling-rewards card incentivizes trips to the alley with credits for future purchases.
Thirty-two lanes with electronic scoring conduct a thunderous symphony of crashing pins and cheers of victory at Oak Ridge Bowling Center. After completing frames, bowlers mingle in Spare Time Lounge to toss darts or watch sports on one of three LCD TVs. Hungry guests can grab a table and a burger at Ten Pin Grille, while gamers test hand-eye-coordination at billiards, skee ball, and air hockey tables in the arcade. Organized league play and private parties are offered as well.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates 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.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Tarheel Lanes Bowling Center celebrates the fine art of pin demolition with sleek, modern alleys set within a smoke-free facility. Arriving visitors are paired with a pair of bowling shoes designed to leave lanes un-scuffed and toes un-stubbed, before claiming a lane for two games’ worth of strikes, spares, and stern lectures to balls residing in the gutter. An automatic scoring system keeps cheating at bay and math skills dormant, and an on-site snack bar and game room encourages players to linger in the family-friendly facility long after the 10th frame. Tarheel Lanes is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday–Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Bowling
Franklin Lanes and Skateway is a haven of family-friendly entertainment?the facility includes both classic skating rink and 24 shiny bowling lanes. Traditional bowling is streamlined with automatic scoring, and off-duty players can ogle the fresh masking units that conceal the pin system's inner workings. Revelers can refuel with southern-style eats and tipples from the tiki bar, which also hosts flat-screen TVs, live entertainment, karaoke, and crochet races. The on-site staff also mans a pro shop packed with all the bowling gear one could need, including shoes, balls, and bags.
Belmont Lanes courts globe-chuckers of all stripes and skill levels to set foot among its myriad lanes and entertainment apparatuses. Sextets of revelers can enjoy a two-hour party, which supplies the group with a pizza and pitcher of soda to celebrate the overthrow of pins and unification of hand and boulder. Meanwhile, cosmic bowling gives spatial thrills for late-night laning with the experience of visiting a galaxy of disco-ball planets. Party-goers should call at least one hour ahead of time to reserve their lane for cosmic bowling.