At the turn of the 20th century, bowling alleys routinely locked their doors for the summer, forcing bowlers to brainstorm alternatives. And so, in the early 1900s, a group of bowlers decided to tweak their pastime to accommodate off-season play, shrinking both bowling balls and pins. Modified rules allowed bowlers to roll their scaled-down balls three times per turn. And upon impact, the lighter-weight balls caused pint-size pins to skitter like a flock of ducks. Thus, duckpin bowling was born.
The accessible sport spread throughout the world and, near the peak of its popularity, found a home at Johnson's Duckpin Lanes in 1955. After undergoing renovations in 2009, the alley's synthetic lanes continue to delight duckpin bowlers all year long. The alley also entertains guests with an arcade, onsite snack bar, as well as personalized birthday parties, which unfold on weekdays and during weekend sessions of Glo & Bowl.
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.
Above 40 shiny synthetic lanes, screens keep track of every strike and gutterball at Wallingford Bowl, allowing patrons to focus on the fun at hand. Automatic scoring is just one of many modern perks at this hallowed hall of clanking pins, which invites guests for friendly games or competitive league matches designed for veteran and rookie bowlers. Cosmic Bowl is the big draw on Friday and Saturday nights, when teams bowl amid glow-in-the-dark lights and the thrum of authentic Martian music, while a snack bar, arcade, and full bar and lounge offer plenty of pre- or post-game recreation every day of the week.
Bowlers Tony Reynaud, Roger Baral and Marcel Lessard have spent countless hours knocking down pins, and are all State and Local Association Hall of Famers. So it's no surprise that the trio of pin-crushers know how to run a bowling alley. High-energy music blasts inside the facility, with themed nights such as top songs from the 1980?s or 1470?s. During birthday parties, kids can nosh on pizzas and bowl as many games as they can in a two-hour period. An on-site bar and grill serves wings, hot dogs, and beers galore for adult bowling parties.
Strikes and spares abound at Larkfield Lanes, where balls have tumbled down 20 lanes since 1949. The sport hasn?t changed much in the intervening years, though the alley certainly has. Every Friday and Saturday night, for instance, the house lights go down for glow bowling, where special-effect lighting and upbeat tunes turn the alley into a nightclub-style setting. Complimentary bumpers, meanwhile, ensure that balls never wander into gutters, and four-week Learn to Bowl classes ready kids for future bumper-free games. Once they have the basics down, youngsters can even enter one of Larkfield Lanes? leagues, which the alley also hosts for adults and senior citizens.
Coram Country Lanes treats visitors of all ages to exciting bouts of bowling, complemented with tasty meals of pizza, burgers, nachos, and chicken wings. In addition to hosting fun-filled days or nights of bowling, the alley fosters a sense of community with company parties, senior bowling each Thursday, leagues, and tournaments for local charities.