Bowling has long been a favorite weekend activity with friends, and many people are so into this sport they join leagues and keep score, for real. Reno and Sparks, Nevada, both have a good selection of bowling alleys from which to choose, including the National Bowling Stadium, a state-of-the-art, tournament-quality venue.
When the weather says "stay inside," bowling is at the top of the list for a lot of people for weekend fun. For those who don't want to bowl or aren't quite big enough to roll a bowling ball, most bowling alleys have amusement game arcades and plenty of food for snacking or meals at some locations.
This is the best amusement park in the Truckee Meadows area. It's probably better known for its water slide park, but there are year-round family activities available, including the cool Coconut Bowl.
The Coconut Bowl has 32 public bowling lanes, along with two bowling "garages," which have four lanes each. It also has a pro shop, bowling with laser lights and music every night from 5:30 to closing and bumper bowling for kids.
Inside the Grand Sierra Resort, you'll find a 50-lane bowling alley. The resort offers pro instruction, bumper bowling, and private parties and hosts bowling leagues.
Grand Sierra Resort also is home to seven restaurants and bars, a casino and live entertainment. So you can make a night or weekend of it, with bowling just one of several fun activities.
High Sierra Lanes is a family-owned bowling center with 24 lanes, a snack bar, full regular bar, a pool table, darts and jukebox for tunes while you bowl or have an adult beverage. What makes this place different: a fireplace at the bar, which makes it a top pick in the winter time.
The National Bowling Stadium in downtown Reno is for big tournaments, but it includes areas that can be rented for parties and events. If you are really into bowling, it's a great place to watch some of the nation's top bowlers when the pros of the United States Bowling Congress are in town.
The Los Angeles Times calls it the Taj Mahal of Tenpins. This state-of-the-art center can hardly be called a bowling alley, with glass elevators, 78 championship lanes, and high-tech scoring graphics.
The computer-aided tracking system gives bowlers a full readout on their game and what they can do to up their performance. Stop off in the Stadium Club to play pool, watch TV or have a drink with a magnificent view of downtown Reno.
The Rack is a full-on party destination, with bowling and eats galore. On the menu: a variety of pizzas and loads of starters, like wings, chicken strips, fancy fries, onion rings, nachos, mozzarella and pickle chips, popcorn and pretzels. If you lean more toward healthy food, you can choose from several large salads. Decadent desserts round out the choices. Reservations are required to reserve this space for a bowling party or event.