"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, AMF was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in bowling, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature the latest technologies, from high-tech scoring systems to the ability to share experiences on social media. Bowlers can also refuel on a menu of American foods when they get hungry or the little heart-shaped meter above their heads begins blinking.
Aloma Bowling Centers promotes friendly competition and pin-scattering fun with three locations that encompass at least 32 lanes apiece. The largest of the three strike-and-spare hotbeds, Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center, sports 80 lanes inside a massive facility that hosts more than 100 arcade games, a mini golf course, and a comedy club that features up-and-coming comedians. At all three locations, guests can salute closed frames and lament gutter balls over a dish from the onsite grill or a beverage from the full-service bar.
If you're looking for something other than dinner and a movie, pick your ball and bowl your best at Oviedo's Oviedo Bowling Center.
Pick up a tasty meal at their restaurant, located conveniently within the alley.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly activities at this alley just as much as mom and dad.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Hit the lanes at Sanford's Airport Lanes and let the games begin!
Feeling hungry? Sit down for a bite to eat at this park 's restaurant.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly activity everyone will love? This park is made for all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
When Joseph Olear tore down the original Three Point Bowling Center, he preserved what mattered most. ”We recycled the 35-year-old maple lanes and made a bar out of it,” he happily explains. “And also this gorgeous desk in my office.” The former alley was bought out by Joe’s father in ’86—a spontaneous decision that still perplexes the son. He “just bought the place! If you’d have told me we’d have a bowling alley, I’d have thought you were crazy.” That said, it’s a decision that gave Joe the reins to a facility he would totally revamp.
The updated alley features 16 automatic lanes, one of the largest bars in Kansas City, and a large crop of vine-ripened bowling balls. Olear has also solicited the master food stylings of chef Dan Cermeno for juicy burgers, steak-filled sandwiches, and spicy seafood pastas. He explains that Cermeno’s dishes—available at the alley or in Three Pins Diner—are by no means typical alley fare. “He’s a shopping king,” says Olear. ”On his way in, he stops to shop. [Always] fresh fruit and veggies—wherever the freshest stuff is.”
Beyond the lanes, Three Point entertains patrons with six full-size pool tables, dartboards, indoor and outdoor TVs up to 64 inches wide, as well as nightly league events. The revelry also extends outdoors, where an expansive outdoor deck patio hosts a meat smoker capable of feeding parties of up to 500. “There’s a guy comes in at first light and smokes the meat, “says Olear. “Venison, ribs, whatever he has. It’s in there for about 10 hours. It’s unmatched, really.” Wonderful as that is, there’s one thing Joe enjoys more. “Having a drink at the bar,” he says, smiling. “People will say they met their wife here. It happens on a fairly regular basis—someone comes in and says how nice the place is. It really makes your day.”
Neon red overhead and floor lights, luxury booths and banquette seating, and two 40-person bars help differentiate Kings Bowl from the old-fashioned bowling alley you’re probably picturing. The 30,000-square-foot entertainment complex features 22 ten-pin bowling lanes (four of them in one private room and six in another), four full-size billiards tables, an outdoor bocce ball court, a ping pong table, and a shuffleboard table. In between turns, you can let your eyes wander to more than 60 big-screen HDTVs and a projector screen.
In addition to games, Kings Bowl offers chef-driven, creative american cuisine made from scratch, such as buffalo wontons, signature pizzas, maple-glazed scallops, and their famed steak tips. A laundry list of martinis, cocktails, and craft beers take the sting out of losing a game of bowling to an opponent throwing granny-style.