Delighting families and friends of all skill sets, Paradise Lanes aligns doomed armies of pins on 32 sleek, smoke-free lanes. After tying or duct-taping pairs of snug bowling shoes to their feet, patrons wedge fingers into three-holed spheres before flinging them toward clusters of pins too proud to wave surrender flags. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, Paradise Lanes becomes an extraterrestrial field of cosmic bowling as black, strobe, and rope lights set lanes aglow. Fog machines cloak catapulted balls as hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s thump in the background and large-screen projectors exhibit videos of historians discussing bowling’s origin as a defense tactic against Lilliputian armies. Popcorn and a pitcher of soda tickle tongues of family-pack purchasers in between frames.
Visitors to the Spartanburg Art Museum can view great works of art and learn how to create their own artwork under the same roof. The museum’s permanent collection includes artwork that spans multiple mediums, including paintings, photography, textiles, and sculpture from noted artists such as August Cook, Francesco Bartolozzi, and other North and South Carolinian artists. Talented artists—many of whom hold degrees in their respective disciplines—lead the museum’s Art School, where they teach both kids and adults how to craft their own masterpieces. The museum also regularly welcomes rotating exhibitions, guest speakers, and special programs.
Each of Star Lanes' 32 polished synthetic lanes comes equipped with automatic scoring, allowing players to concentrate on technique instead of tallying. Players can chow down at the snack bar between frames or drift off to the game room and settle tie games with an old-fashioned token-eating contest. The kid-friendly facility also offers bumper bowling for novice players and hosts birthday parties that end with the guest of honor being presented with a bowling pin that’s been signed by all of the guests.