Like being a first-time parent, being a first-time bowler requires preparation, patience, and the willingness to swathe all hazards in a bumper. Baby your bowling ball to a perfect game with today's Groupon: for $32, you get two hours of bowling for up to four people (a $54 value), including four shoe rentals (a $2.50 value per person), at Westgate Lanes in Brockton (up to a $64 total value).
Family owned and operated since 1959, Westgate Lanes caters to players of all ages every day of the year with a wealth of pin-persecuting pastimes. After suiting up in a pair of timeless bowling shoes, spend a good chunk of the day or night taunting your friends and taking out frustrations on a group of hapless pinheads, located on one of the 50 10-pin lanes or 12 candlepin lanes. Unlike other competitive sports, such as dogsled racing and rap battling, bowling has zero barriers to entry and a shallow learning curve. Westgate Lanes’ ball chucking even gets extraterrestrial with a live DJ, special lighting, and questionable post-strike victory dances during Saturday nights' cosmic-bowl sessions.
In addition to automatic scoring and colorful lighting, mouthwatering morsels and full-fledged meals populate Westgate's snack bar and full-service restaurant, which features live music and special events nightly. Unlike the main attraction, the bowling alley's 10 billiards tables reward projectors of hole- and gutter-bound balls with genuine high-fives.
Cosmic bowling ends after Memorial Day, May 30.
Though Westgate Lanes has been open for more than half a century, you'd never know it from just looking at the Brockton institution, which benefited from a pre-Millennium face-lift in 1999. Today, all 62 lanes feature automatic scoring, new furniture, and modern lighting, which casts a celestial aura during prize-packed cosmic bowling on Saturday nights. Open 365 days a year, the facility swings open its doors to challenge sphere-flinging friends, leagues, and parties with frames of tenpin or candlepin, a variation of bowling that uses smaller balls and requires more concentration than teaching a mechanical bull long division. High-definition TVs orbit the center's 13 billiards tables, and, between competitive rounds, players can refuel fatigued fingers at Harry's Pub and Grill.
65 Westgate Dr.
Brockton, Massachusetts 02301Get Directions