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5 Places to Celebrate National Bowling Day

Features & Advice | Lisa Iannucci | August 13, 2016

5 Places to Celebrate National Bowling Day

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It’s National Bowling Day! Did you know that many bowling centers around the country allow you to bowl a few games for free today? Check with your local air-conditioned centers and get out and have some fun. At some point, you’re going to want to check out these super cool bowling alleys too, but drop the “alleys.” These aren’t your grandfather’s smoky bowling alleys anymore. Today, they are called bowling centers and offer much more than just some greasy fries and a few worn out lanes.  

Bowlmor Lanes located at Chelsea Piers has the best of both worlds. Here, you’ll get the traditional flashing lights, bowling parties, arcade games and even an indoor ropes course that you can conquer between your strikes and gutter balls. You’ll also want to stay and bowl more at this upscale center because it features an eight-lane bowling suite and a semi-private loft space with concierge-type service for your fancy schmancy friends. The menu is so much more than just burgers and fries. Bowlmor offers fajitas, a bbq bash, pasta, and tacos.

Action Duckpin Bowl: Maybe you are looking for a little bit of history and heritage when you bowl? Several types of bowling exist – candlepin, five pin and duckpin. Then take a step back in time at The Atomic Bowl Duckpin, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was restored as an original 1930’s era duckpin bowling alley and has eight lanes of duckpin bowling and authentic 1950’s and 60’s equipment. Never enjoyed a duckpin bowling game before? Think of it as a smaller version of 10-pin bowling. The pins and the balls are much smaller and lighter.

Holla! Don’t yell at the pin setting machines at Holler House in Milwaukee, because they have feelings after all. They are human too. The Holler House is the oldest certified bowling center in America, founded in 1908. Holler House also contains the two oldest sanctioned lanes in the nation that are still tended to by human pinsetters.

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Shenaniganz: You can order a brewski here, but you may prefer to book a lane after 9 p.m. at the adult martini lounge, while you do your best Big Lebowski impression. Located in Rockwall, Texas, this center is also family friendly and the kids can hit the laser combat tag, enjoy go karting and black light mini-golf and more.

Frames: If you’re in New York City, take a later train at the Port Authority and stop by Frames, an upscale bowling center that has leather couches for you to relax when it’s not your turn to bowl. The lounge has mixed drinks, there are is a dress code so leave the themed T-shirts at home. You’ll also be opening your wallet a little bigger as you pull out more bills to pay for your night. Lanes can run $60 to $75 per hour depending on the time of night, but you can bring a bunch of friends and split the cost.  Frames is located at 550 9th Avenue between West 40th and 41st Streets in Hell's Kitchen (212-268-6909,

Whether you’re on the road and can sneak in a game or you have your favorite local lanes, get out and bowl today!


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