When you're long overdue for a family night out, bowling is always a crowd-pleaser. Luckily for you, Cape Cod has multiple places to play a game or two, with many having other entertainment options in the same building.
Buying a home on the Cape ensures you always have activities available to you during the day, and these venues provide something to do when weather or circumstances force you indoors, as well.
Dust off your bowling shoes and get ready to hit the lanes at these great ten-pin venues found all over Cape Cod.
Ryan's Ten Pin Eatery
Ryan Amusements has eight locations in total, including off-Cape places like Plymouth, Raynham, Buzzards Bay, Oak Bluffs, Millis, and Newport. They also operate two venues on the Cape, one of which is at the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis.
This venue is called the Ten Pin Eatery, and it offers a mix of activities for the entire family. First, there's the restaurant, which has a full bar and a diverse menu. There's also a game room, laser tag, three escape rooms, a golf simulator, and virtual reality.
Of course, this facility wouldn't be on this list if there wasn't a bowling alley, and the Ten Pin Eatery offers something a little different in that regard. That's because, in addition to its traditional bowling alley, this venue has a VIP area where you can relax on comfy sofas and enjoy three lanes all to yourself.
There's food and bar service at the lanes, too, so you can make an entire night of your time at the Ten Pin Eatery.
Ryan Amusements – Yarmouth
The Hyannis location isn't the only Ryan Amusements on Cape Cod, as there's one in Yarmouth, too. This facility isn't as upscale as the newer venue at Cape Cod Mall, but it still has a game room and a bowling alley for you to enjoy.
You won't find the same full-service restaurant at the Yarmouth location either, but the center features a full bar, pizza, wings, and snacks.
If you're looking for a more traditional bowling and arcade experience, Ryan Amusements in Yarmouth is an option worth considering.
The Alley Bowling and BBQ
What could be better than BBQ, beer, and bowling? Not much, if you ask Orleans residents who frequent The Alley Bowling and BBQ on Route 6A.
The menu at this facility features various house-smoked meats, including ribs, brisket, and pulled pork. There are also traditional pub-style options like wings, burgers, soups, and salads, in addition to a kid's menu.
As for the drinks, you'll find 16 different beers on tap, including some New England craft brews that are sure to pique your interests. There's a high-end bourbon menu, too, should that be more up your alley.
Speaking of alleys, the bowling area has plenty of lanes, and you can reserve one in advance if you're coming on a weekend. There are other games, like air hockey, video games, and darts, and you can order food and drinks in the area behind your lanes. Keep in mind, however, that you can't bring your orders onto the hardwood.
Trade Center Bowl
While most venues on this list focus on providing a full night of entertainment, Trade Center Bowl on Spring Bars Road in Falmouth puts bowling first. Other than a few pool tables, this facility has nothing but bowling, although you can grab a drink upstairs at the Quahog Republic after your game.
Trade Center Bowl is perhaps the best place on the Cape for the bowling purist, as the lanes are always well-maintained. You won't have to contend with loud music or flashing lights, either, unless you visit for their cosmic bowling on a Friday or Saturday night.
If bowling is all you're after, a trip to Trade Center Bowl should be in your future.
The Lanes Bowl and Bistro
The Lanes Bowl and Bistro is pretty much the opposite of Trade Center Bowl because it's, first and foremost, a restaurant with an eclectic menu featuring pizza, sandwiches, appetizers, flatbreads, burgers, and sandwiches. There's also an extensive beer menu with a collection of local brews and a diverse wine list.
The bowling alley is a relatively new addition to the space and was created with the Vintage Industrial trend in mind. The idea was to install a turn-of-the-century bowling alley meant to replicate the Industrial Age's entertainment options. However, one difference from days gone by is that you can order your food and drinks to your lanes and enjoy the impressive menu while you play.
There's also an outdoor patio area with a bocce court, so you can get involved with another type of bowling while spending your evening outdoors in the summer.
Hit the Alleys on Cape Cod
Whether you're looking to play a couple of casual games or wanting to join a Cape Cod bowling league, there are plenty of options available. These venues are located throughout the Cape, too, so you'll never be far from some lanes.
The best news is that some of these facilities allow you to have a great meal and bowl with friends or family afterward, offering an excellent way to spend an evening or a rainy day on the Cape.