Bowling balls, much like minds, leaves, and delicious turkey sandwiches, are best kept out of the gutter. Stick to the straight-and-narrow path with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a family bowling package at Surf Bowl in Oceanside (a $134 value). The package includes:
- Two hours of bowling, plus shoe rental for four people
- One extra-large pizza
- Four medium soft drinks
Originally built in the 1940s, Surf Bowl provides entertainment for all ages in a slick, retro-inspired environment. With toes safely sheathed in provided shoes, clans of up to four gather to watch their obsidian orbs fly toward impetuous walls of pins like jealous boulders rolling at that pretentious Stonehenge. Bumper-bowling makes the sport accessible for ball-chuckers under the age of 10 or belly-sliding penguins with a poor sense of direction.
As pins fall and bodies spin in strike-induced dances, families can refresh their bowling-energized bodies with an extra-large pizza and up to four medium soft drinks, which fuel muscles and re-lube tonsils for victory cries. Players craving a break from ball-rolling mayhem may simply sit and admire Surf Bowl’s funky atmospherics, replete with bright blue gutters, wood laminate tables, and a darkly hued billiards area.
Guests ride into Surf Bowl under a glowing pink and green sign, and once inside, cast their eyes down freshly polished lanes. As an homage to their name and the local culture, a mural running parallel to the lanes depicts bowling pins engaging in beach activities such as lounging in the sand and testing their own buoyancy in the ocean. Players can stop in for classic games throughout the day, or enjoy Xtreme Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling once night falls. Between games, bowlers can break for a pizza, sandwich, or freshly fried snacks at Blue Wave Café, a casual, diner-style eatery with chrome-accented bar stools. The center also boasts an arcade, bar, and billiards table.
1401 S Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, California 92054