Heading to the bowling center (or alley, as it's often called) is a great activity to enjoy with family and friends both young and old. Throw in some good food, drinks, friendly competition and of course, the shoes, and it’s easy to see why it’s a fan favorite.

Check out this list of local spots to play 10-pin and have a few laughs.

AMF Eastbrook Lanes

Bowling is just one of the reasons to visit this alley across the street from Woodland Mall. You can also hit the arcade, play a few rounds of billiards, watch the big game in the sports bar and chow down on a high-quality meal.

AMF Eastbrook Lanes offers 40 lanes situated across three playing areas, plush laneside seating, black lights and huge HD video walls that play everything from live spots and music videos to classic family films.

Roll in, have fun and save a ton on $3.99 Sundays– $3.99 games of bowling, $3.99 shoe rentals and $3 for a $6 value arcade card from 6 p.m.-11 p.m.

The Clique Bowling Alley sign in Grand Rapids, MI

The Clique, commonly referred to as Clique Lanes, has stood proudly on the west side in Grand Rapids for over 65 years.

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The Clique

Named one of the top 10 bowling centers in MichiganClique Lanes combines a retro 1950’s feel with updated technology. The upper level of the 16-lane facility is available for rentals and the lower level hosts bowling leagues and open bowl in the evenings.

Clique proprietor Dennis Johnson says the center has “a bowling focus, plus you can get a drink and food.”

Clique Lanes prides itself on excellent customer service: “We have some of the best staff around,” asserts Johnson. “Our employees know regular customers’ names and they take the extra time to help first-time bowlers get the right shoes and find the best bowling ball for them.”

Visit Clique Lanes on the city’s West Side Monday through Thursday nights to bowl three games with shoe rental for only $8.

Station 300 Grandville

Station 300 features 44 lanes, a large bar, billiards, an arcade, a full-service pro shop and even volleyball courts (in spring and summer) – no wonder it’s a long-time favorite for residents of Grandville and other southwest suburbs.

Thursday afternoons from noon to 4:30 p.m. offer $2 games and $2 shoe rentals. Lights and Strikes Glow Bowling every Friday and Saturday night offers two hours of unlimited bowling for only $17 per person – and that includes shoe rental. Crazy 8 Sundays entitle you to two hours of unlimited bowling and shoes for just $8 (and you can add a large one-topping pizza and pitcher of domestic beer for $8 each).

Station 300 has open lanes every day of the week, so drop in whenever the mood strikes you, just be sure to call ahead as lanes may or may not be available due to leagues. 


The Fowling Warehouse

Like football? Like bowling? Now you can play both at the same time! Fowling is a combination of the two sports, requiring players to throw footballs at bowling pins that are placed on a board. Teams face each other over a distance and players need to knock down all ten of their opponent’s pins before their opponents do it first.

Located in Cascade, 15 minutes southeast of downtown Grand Rapids, The Fowling Warehouse is the only place in West Michigan to play this fast-rising sport. The facility features 30 Fowling lanes, two 45-foot bars, beer garden seating and a $2 Mystery Beer Machine™ vending system. Since the warehouse just has drinks, feel free to bring your own food- they even encourage deliveries! 

The Warehouse is open Tuesday-Saturday and offers unlimited open play for $14 per person. You can also reserve a lane in advance for up to ten people for two hours.

Northfield Lanes

Grand Rapids’ North Quarter is the setting for this historic bowling center, which offers 16 lanes, billiards tables and a sports bar with big-screen TVs and patio seating.

For many years, Northfield Lanes was co-owned by Marion Ladewig, a Grand Rapids native who was named Female Bowler of the Year by the Bowling Writers Association of America a record nine times between 1940 and 1963. That may be why they take bowling so seriously – it’s a great place to learn and/or hone your skills.

Northfield is open Monday through Saturday and offers very affordable pricing, including some great weekly specials after 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Going in for a Strike at Spectrum Lanes

Going in for a strike at Spectrum Lanes.

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Spectrum Entertainment Complex

Spectrum goes beyond bowling with a full bar and restaurant, live entertainment, 280-person banquet facility, arcade and even golf simulators. But boy, is the bowling good – with 40 lanes featuring the newest automatic scoring system, automatic bumpers and 12 state-of-the art lanes of boutique bowling with private bar.

Spectrum Entertainment Complex is located in Wyoming and is open seven days a week. Whether you're there to bowl, play games or just enjoy a good meal, Spectrum won't disappoint. 

Westgate Bowling Center offers more than just bowling.

Westgate Bowling Center offers more than just bowling.

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Westgate Bowling Center

Westgate Bowling Center in Comstock Park is more than just a bowling facility. In addition to 60 bowling lanes, Westgate offers two full bars, a snack bar, billiards tables, poker room, banquet space, a pro shop and an arcade room with games for all ages.

“Bowling is a fabulous sport, where anyone is able to participate,” says Jena Kehoe, general manager for Westgate Bowling Center. “Here at Westgate, we have ‘dragon’ ramps for smaller children as well as higher ramps for people with disabilities.” The center supplies bowling balls ranging from six-to-16 pounds for players of all skill levels.

Westgate hosts Cosmic Bowling every Friday and Saturday from 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m., where you can bowl under black lights to the sound of great rock and roll music.

Wenger's Bowling
Wenger's Bowling Second Floor

The second floor of Wenger's Bowling features 8-lanes and is perfect for private parties.

Wenger's Bowling

A Grand Rapids tradition since 1932, Wenger's Bowling on Leonard Street gives off a fantastic retro feel from the moment you walk in the door. Wenger's offers 16 lanes of bowling split between two floors and is the only local center with “old school” above-ground bowling ball returns.

“My dad, Ed Ladwig, grew up down the street and spent a lot of his time working and learning the game of bowling, and he eventually bought Wenger's Bowling,” says owner Tyler Ladwig, who continues to operate the center as a place for the West Side community to come together and have fun.

Weekly bowling specials at Wenger’s include Thirsty Thursday ($7 for two games and shoe rental from 8 p.m.-11 p.m.) and Sunday Funday ($10 for two games and shoe rentals from 2 p.m.-9 p.m.).

Other Local Bowling Spots

If you're still looking for more bowling centers to try, the list goes on. Park Center Lanes in Wyoming offers a kid-friendly bowling experience complete with an ice cream shop. Rockford's only bowling alley, Rockford Lanes & Gutter’s Sports Lounge, is fun for all ages all year long. Hudsonville Lanes offers a free $10 open bowling certificate on its website. Sparta Lanes has as many fans for its Garden Patch restaurant as for its bowling. Check out Woodrows DuckPin Bowling inside the Amway Grand Plaza for a greater challenge than traditional bowling. 

Grab friends and family, head to one of these local bowling centers and start making memories!