"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.
On weekend nights, Cal Bowl turns down the regular lights and turns up the black lights, making lanes glow neon for cosmic bowling. Meanwhile, players themselves supply the soundtrack as they take the mic on the karaoke stage. During the day, open bowling commences as usual, with players sending balls spinning down glossy lanes while fighting the urge to slide down after them. Between frames, guests escape to the 7,000-square-foot fun center, stocked with arcade and redemption games and four billiards tables.
Opt for an evening of bowling at The Professional Approach in Lakewood and see how many pins you can pick up.
Check out this alley's restaurant, where you can stay for lunch or grab your meal to go.
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 patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you're bowling skills are rusty, work on your game at Keystone Lanes in Norwalk.
Feeling hungry? Sit down for a bite to eat at this alley 's restaurant.
Families will feel right at home at this alley with its kid-friendly atmosphere.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
At Westminster Lanes, pins crash from the early morning until late at night. Here, players strap their feet into rental shoes and select the optimal ball for knocking down those poor pins, who just got back on their feet. Toes start tapping during Rock 'n' Bowl on weekends, and the alley occasionally hosts live entertainment, such as comedy shows.