Best Bowling in the DMV

by McEnearney on December 8, 2016

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With the temperatures dropping, you might be much more inclined to spend much more time indoors. And if you’ve gotta be inside, you might as well do something fun! There are tons of activities perfect for wintertime fun, and bowling with family and friends is one of them. There are plenty of places to get your bowl (and roll) on in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area, and they run the gamut from super-fancy to family friendly. Here are some of the favorites.

If you’re looking for a low-key spot perfect for the whole family, the AMF Bowling Alley’s national chain may be ideal. Very laid back, very comfortable, with none of the fancy-shmancy stuff that you may find in newer, more modern alleys. They even have a rewards program for loyal customers where you can get coupons and invites to events held at the alley. AMF has locations in Gaithersburg, Laurel, College Park, Hyattsville, Temple Hills, Bowie, Centreville, Annandale, Woodbridge and Alexandria.

On the other end of the spectrum is Lucky Strike. This bowling alley chain—a loose term, really—is just as much about lounging, drinking and watching sports games as it is about bowling. Music is usually blasting—while more than a dozen TVs play behind the bar—from a state-of-the-art audio/visual system and you’re likely to find folks dancing between bowling turns while they sip on something from the fully stocked bar. There are a few of these in select U.S. cities, but the only one in this area is in Gallery Place, located in D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. Word of caution: This spot isn’t kid-friendly. In fact, after a certain time in the evening, it’s limited to patrons aged 21 and up. So keep this place in mind for date nights and girls’ nights out!

And if you’re more than just a sporadic bowler (as in you have the bag that matches your personalized ball and shoes), the Nation’s Capital Area Bowling Association might be right up your—wait for it—alley! The association serves bowlers in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia and sponsors special bowling events. NCAUSBCA, which operates out of Largo, Maryland, states its object and purpose is to promote the game of American Tenpins with the help, guidance and direction of the United States Bowling Congress; unite the members, teams and leagues in its jurisdiction; encourage sportsmanship and fair play; enforce the playing rules; encourage the creation and development of events for amateurs and foster programs to increase bowling skills among its members.

So let the good times roll for a good time bowling at your local alley!

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