Bowling is like taking a road test: the only way to win is to knock over more obstacles than everyone else. Cruise to victory with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get 90 minutes of bowling and shoe rental for five, plus an 18-inch cheese pizza from Zio Franco's and a pitcher of pop (up to an $87.75 total value) at Johnson's Duckpin Lanes in Hamden.
Since 1955, Johnson's Duckpin Lanes has beguiled bowlers of all sizes and ages with smooth-rolling family fun. Like bonsai trees and microsaurus rex, duckpin bowling is a miniaturized take on its more widely familiar cousin, using a much smaller ball and pins to offer a unique challenge for everyone from adult sphere slingers to children as young as 5. Bowlers can wrap their mitts around pin-punishing globules and take to one of 20 remodeled synthetic lanes for regular duckpin bowling on weekdays, or they can meet their squat, white adversaries during neon-lit Glo & Bowl sessions starting at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Johnson's Duckpin Lanes
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.
2100 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, Connecticut 06514Get Directions