Looking across Woodburn Bowl's 12 gleaming lanes, one will find friends, families, and fierce competitors of all ages striving for the glory of many strikes or the simple satisfaction of zero gutter balls. Bowlers can test the strength of their ball-hurling biceps seven days a week, whether it’s under the glow of fluorescent lights or black lights set ablaze during glo-bowling sessions. The snack bar helps serious slingers refuel between trips to the line, and video games provide entertainment for those who'd like to give their hitchhiking finger a workout.
Horseback-riding instructor Nancy White began teaching nearly 40 years ago. More than 30 of those years have been spent at her own Whitewind Farm, where indoor and outdoor arenas and fenced paddocks sprawl across 10.5 acres, providing plenty of ground to train steeds and riders alike. Although Nancy specializes in English-style riding, which primes equestrians for jumping, she tailors her lessons to fit the student, so the content is as flexible as a gymnast left in the sun too long.
Silver Creek Lanes shelters patrons practicing their strike and spare skills on rows of synthetic lanes. As participants recline into custom leather seating between frames, Brunswick GSX pinsetters ensure that ten pins always await approaching orbs, even when balls are feeling pushier than usual. Black lights concoct an intergalactic ambiance during cosmic bowling sessions as players diligently avert gutter balls while surrounded by wall-to-wall media screens broadcasting music videos. Silver Creek Lanes also offers league play, special packages for birthday celebrations, office parties, family reunions and catering. As bowlers roll their shots, wafts from the facility’s grill bemuse olfactory senses with whiffs of pizza, burgers, and tasty appetizers. A pro shop supplies rollers with top of the line gear, such as cannons that launch bowling balls with extra spin.
The Oregon Garden gives horticulture habitués the opportunity to fully discover the floral kingdom with more than 20 specialty gardens. The grounds bloom with horticultural rarities and aesthetic scenery, such as a sprawling, 400-year-old signature oak and an alluring collection of miniature conifers. In the Pet Friendly Garden, pups frolic around nontoxic plants, and in the Children's Garden youngsters can explore features such as dinosaur-bone digs and a real hobbit house.
The garden's retail nursery furnishes a crib and changing table for baby plants and also cultivates vegetation all year round, selling perennials, shrubs, annuals, and veggies. Although not part of The Oregon Garden, the historic Gordon House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright–designed building in the state and the only one open to the public throughout the Pacific Northwest is located next door.
On Sunday evenings, you might mistake Wilsonville Lanes for Monte Carlo. Sure, its 22 contemporary lanes look the same as on any ordinary day, but the games come with higher stakes. Bowlers can toss some money into the jackpot and participate in one of three games: Spin the Wheel, 4x4, or Blackjack. Of course, these games are a bit different than the ones played on card tables or by dogs in paintings. For example, Blackjack players bowl four shots on four different lanes, instead of flipping cards, seeking a fallen-pin count of 21 to win the jackpot.
But even when it's not Monte Carlo night, Wilsonville Lanes still has plenty to keep guests entertained. In addition to family-friendly bowling, which includes Cosmic Bowling on Fridays and Saturdays, the alley also boasts an arcade, Wi-Fi, HD TVs, and pool tables. Plus, the cafe serves up burgers, hot dogs, and salads to keep players fueled between games.
Molalla Bowl houses 16 lanes of ball tossing and pin toppling in a fun, kid-friendly atmosphere. Ensure detailed record keeping and computer-screen calisthenics with automatic scoring while preventing bowling balls from trespassing on neighbors’ property with bumpers, available on every lane. Vibrant walls enclose the lanes, allowing for easy color coordination between the décor and the rented shoes. Between turns, venture to Molalla Bowl’s full bar and café for game-enhancing drinks, snacks, and daily specials (this Groupon is not valid for food or drink purchases), or head to the game room to give thumbs a break from orb throwing and film recommending.
Sherwood Ice Arena welcomes people of all ages to lace up their skates and hit the ice seven days a week during public skate, group lessons, and sport programs. On staff are more than 15 coaches who earned their skating chops with years of figure skating or hockey playing, and who impart their icy wisdom during group and private lessons for children, adolescents, and adults. Classes include a basic Learn to Skate course for true beginners, which is based on the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills program. The arena's more than 50 hockey leagues divide players into eight divisions based on their ability to balance a stick on their chins. Skaters can also relax during Friday-night date nights and special-occasion skating parties that can accommodate various group sizes. The onsite pro shop outfits skaters with a range of equipment from more than 20 brands including CCM, Mission, and Nike.