"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, the AMF Bowling Co. was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in the bowling world, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature advanced scoring systems, upgraded interiors, laneside video walls at select locations, and a delicious menu of traditional American dishes and snacks.
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's 28 well-polished lanes gleam like they did the day the bowling alley opened in 1960. Since then, plenty of things have changed, but the family-owned and operated bowling alley and its attentive staff remain dedicated to providing bowlers with the carefree, family-friendly bowling experiences. Equipped with state-of-the-art scoring technology and large TVs, each lane makes games easy and fun. In addition to drop-in games, Baldwin Bowl is home to extensive league play, with players joining parent-child leagues, vacation leagues, or adult leagues that compete for prizes.
When they're not playing, guests can relax in the plush leather seats of Baldwin Bowl's full bar, or grab bites to eat from the full-line snack bar. Baldwin Bowl party room frequently hosts birthdays, bachelorette parties, or bar/bat mitzvahs, but the bowling center is also equipped for work; corporate parties have access to projectors, high-speed WiFi, and private meeting spaces, making Baldwin Bowl an unconventional and memorable place to host team-building or charity events.
A rolling good time for bowlers of all ages and abilities, Rockville Centre Lanes is the ideal spot for families, parties, competitive bowlers, and even business outings. A number of bowling leagues cater to parent-child teams, or competitive adult teams that vie for prizes. Bowlers can celebrate a birthday with a cosmic bowling party on Friday night, which includes a party host, invitations, and horoscopes written on every paper plate. In the summer, groups can even rent a portable lane to host outdoor bowling soir?es.
Farmingdale Lanes's smooth, polished lanes are always ready for a good time. Set among a lively atmosphere?with painted murals on the walls and computers keeping score?they make for an apt location for a family outing, a night with friends, or a birthday party. They also go dark for cosmic bowling, which includes laser lights, Top 40 music videos, and trivia.
Since 1960, bowlers have slung three-holed boulders down the family-owned and operated Massapequa Bowl & Lounge's 30 shiny lanes. A professional, attentive staff oversees state-of-the-art technology including automated scoring that tallies up points, and bowlers chat across coffee tables while seated in plush couches and feasting on beer and pizza from the full snack bar. Elsewhere, an arcade and stuffed animal-building station draws kids in for parties replete with a rainbow colored candy bar. The billiards lounge offers a full bar, leather couches, dart boards, and karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights. League bowling is available, including parent-child leagues, vacation leagues, and competitive adult leagues that compete for prizes. Visitors can also get their competitive edges sharpened flinging darts during South Nassau Darts Associations darts leagues. Massapequa Bowl provides projectors, WiFi, and private meeting space for corporate gatherings or charity fundraisers, and the private party room is great for events like bar and bat mitzvahs, bachelorette parties, and birthday parties.