Plaza Bowl

1216 West Fond Du Lac Street, Ripon

Two Games of Bowling with Shoes and One Pitcher for Two, Four, or Six at Plaza Bowl (Up to 56% Off)

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Extra 20% off, up to $50
Promo Code SAVE. Ends 8/17.


Up to six players get shoes, balls, and a lane to themselves, in addition to a pitcher of either beer or soda

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1 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
June 13, 2019
I had a really great tome bowling at Plaza Bowl! My friends and I went for my birthday. The atmosphere was laid back, and the guy working that day was really nice! They also had a bar, seating at regular tables, and a mini arcade room. We went for open bowl in the middle of the week and there was only one other group there. It was definitely a great experience, one I plan on repeating!
9 ratings7 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
January 29, 2019
Great service and atmosphere. Took grand parents and son, had a blast.
3 ratings3 reviews
Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
November 19, 2018
Had a great time small and intimate for family
1 ratings1 reviews
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
June 19, 2018
Great place friendly staff,
4 ratings2 reviews
Rating of 4 out of 5 stars
May 31, 2018
Had a great time with the Grandaughter!!!!
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About This Deal

Choose from Three Options

  • $13 for two games of bowling, shoes, and one pitcher of soda or beer for two people ($22 value)
  • $18 for two games of bowling, shoes, and one pitcher of soda or beer for up to four people ($38 value)
  • $24 for two games of bowling, shoes, and one pitcher of soda or beer for up to six people ($54 value)

Automatic Pinsetters: What’s Going on Back There?

When you’re focused on getting a strike, it’s easy to ignore the action at the end of the lane. Read on to learn how automatic pinsetters make that second roll possible.

Though automatic pinsetters were being developed by bowling companies as early as the 1910s, it was an alley owner who provided the push for their mass production. In the 1930s, George Beckerle reportedly complained to inventor and regular bowler Gottfried Schmidt about his pinboys—they just wouldn’t stick around. At the time, pins were almost universally set by human hands, often those of low-paid teenage boys. They perched on a ledge behind the pins, waiting to jump down into the ball pit, slide the ball back to the bowler, and then reset the pins for the next roll. Though the work was dull, pinboys still had to keep an eye on the game and watch out for angry bowlers who might take their frustration out on their shins. Serious injuries were not uncommon.

Just like their human predecessors, automatic pinsetters clear away fallen pins and create a new rack before the start of a frame. They can do this very quickly—the AMF 8800 Gold Edition pinsetter holds the world speed record, with a strike cycle time of 8.5 seconds. At the start of a frame, a sensor located a few feet from the pins detects a roll. After the ball falls into the ball pit, a rectangular sheet of metal called the sweep lowers to guard the pins from illegal rolls and lost shuffleboard players. Next, the pin table, outfitted with 10 holes, lowers on top of the standing pins and grasps them with its tongs. Then, the sweep pulls back, knocking the downed pins into the ball pit just before the pin table replaces the remaining pins.

As the spent pins are pushed toward the pin elevator by a conveyor, the ball veers off through a door, where it will travel under the lane and back up to the bowler. Meanwhile, the pins continue on into the pin elevator, which feeds the pin distributor that lets the pin table emerge with a fresh rack of 10 when the second roll is finished—any lane has a total of 20 pins moving through its guts at all times. Today, pinboys are mostly as extinct as dodos or goblins, but a few bowling alleys still hew to the nostalgic, if somewhat perilous, old system.

Fine Print

Promotional value expires 120 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed voucher price). Limit 12 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per child. Valid only for option purchased. Birthday parties require a reservation. Must be 21 years old to purchase alcohol. May be repurchased every 365 days. Groupon is only valid Tuesday - friday, Not valid on weekends. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Learn about Strike-Through Pricing and Savings

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