The invention of the wheel was followed swiftly by the invention of the ball, a heavy stone sphere used to chase away the inventor of the wheel and steal his idea. Play with the shape that changed history with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one hour of open bowling for up to six people (up to a $32 value), including shoes (up to an $18 value) and a ticket to the Lazer Maze (up to an $18 value) for everyone, at Rab's Country Lanes in Staten Island (up to a $68 total value).
Rab's Country Lanes accommodates bowlers with 48 Brunswick-made synthetic wood lanes, each equipped with an automatic touch-screen computer and a 40-inch overhead score-keeping monitor. After slipping into shoes, players can spend 60 minutes leveling pins and trading winks with the clowns in the lane's-end mural. Weekends promise the added excitement of cosmic bowling—which bathes the alley in blue light and tunes courtesy of Bowling Music Network until 2 a.m.—and the Laser Maze, a dark grotto perforated by bright-green light beams eager to graze your skin and set off the flashing red alarm of failure.
Prices vary throughout the week; check the schedule for specific rates and times.
Rab's Country Lanes
Rab's Country Lanes seems to stretch endlessly into the horizon, housing 48 lanes, each with touchscreen computers and 42-inch LCD monitors hanging overhead. Late night cosmic bowling adds dazzling fluorescence to the alleyscape, and automatic bumpers keep the game fair for children and people who just stepped off rollercoasters. In the laser maze, aspiring spies can slither through a web of lasers, attempting to clear the course without tripping the alarm. Gennaro's snack bar refuels indoor athletes with pizza, burgers, and coffee.
South Beach / Old Town
1600 Hyland Blvd.
Staten Island, New York 10305