If life is just a bowl of cherries, then bowling is a life of launching 12-pound cherry-flavored gum balls. Marvel at the history of life's sweetest pastime with today's Groupon: for $9, you get two admissions to the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington (up to a $19 value). Children ages 3 and under are admitted free to the museum.
Named one of Arlington’s top attractions by Trip Advisor, the International Bowling Museum preserves and displays a unique collection celebrating 5,000 years of bowling and pays tribute to the sport's legendary Hall of Famers. Tour the expansive exhibits and learn about bowling’s inventors and early advocates, such as the ancient Egyptians and King Henry VIII, whose marriage to Anne Boleyn notoriously soured after discovering she failed to pick up a spare while playing mixed doubles. The Innovations exhibit, which hosts life-size replicas of players, touch-screen kiosks, interactive games, and a functioning bowling lane, teaches visitors about the sport’s evolution, and the Future display teleports alley aficionados into the museum’s fantastical vision of things to come, including computerized coaches and retinal scans to get nachos from the snack bar.
Ooh and aah while wandering through the Hall of Fame and marveling at the meteoric careers of legendary pin pounders, such as Gary Dickinson, Billy Hardwick, and Wayne Zahn, replete with rare photographs and vintage film clips of bowlers past. Commemorate the pedagogical pilgrimage by purchasing a keepsake keychain or a cardboard cutout of the Dude at the museum’s Spare Partz gift shop.
- Whether you bowl weekly in a league or once every blue moon, the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame invites you to unearth the sports history, then unleash its future. – Arlington Insider