Michigan is regarded as the “bowling capital of the world.” That means that some of the best alleys are some of the newest, and though bowling in Michigan has changed over the years, it's also gotten better in a plethora of ways. So grab your ball and rent some goofy shoes as we run down 10 of the best bowling alleys in Michigan!
Portage's Airway Lanes—not far from the airport—is actually something like a small amusement park in one facility. Featuring not only bowling, but also miniature golf, a full arcade, a ropes course, laser tag, and a full-service taproom with a variety of snacks and dinners available, Airway Lanes offers literally hours of family fun, or room for the solo player. Stop in for special events like teen nights and the Kalamazoo Beer Week for added fun.
Grawn—not far from Traverse City, quite possibly Michigan's capital city of awesome—may not be a destination of choice for many Michigan travelers, but those who do will have the chance to check out one of Michigan's greatest bowling alleys in Incredible Mo's. Incredible Mo's, not surprisingly, focuses on being incredible above all else, and seeks to deliver on that superlative with several different dining options, a state of the art bowling center, on-lane wait service and plenty more.
For sheer force of nomenclature, you can't beat Holland's BAM! Ultimate Entertainment Center. BAM! offers an array of options for visitors, including an arcade with skee ball and air hockey, laser tag, pool leagues, and a tiny, four-lane miniature bowling alley known as Bitty BAM! Regular special pricing schemes come into play including complete play packages to provide plenty of bang—or should we say bam?—for the buck.
Grand Rapids offers plenty of options for bowling, but one of the best around is Clique Lanes, a 16-lane, bi-level bowling alley that features a variety of snack options. The real killer about this one, though, is the pricing: $0.75 games and $2 Bud cans keep many bowling diehards happy even on a slim budget. Throw in a downright impressive-looking bit of neon signage and Clique Lanes will offer a good old-fashioned bowling experience on par with the best.
While there are plenty of bowling options in East Lansing, MSU Spartan Lanes wins an important nod on the strength of its sheer history. Part of a building spree of bowling alleys from the post-war era, the Spartan Lanes survived the later deconstruction of such facilities common at colleges who were desperate for space. The end result is one of the best bowling alleys in East Lansing, and one that will provide an experience not just for students, but for visiting families as well.
Heading for Midland? Then check out Valley Lanes Family Entertainment Center, a place that packs in plenty of thrills all in one locale. Try out the 26 lanes of bowling, backed up by three pool tables, a complete arcade, and even an array of bumper cars. Better yet, stop in at Gimmicks, the attached casual dining restaurant for a complete range of dinner options for that special all-day fun event. It will actually be difficult to tell you're still in a bowling alley.
The Upper Peninsula has plenty of bowling options too, and in Marquette, the Superior Entertainment Center seeks to prove that the name isn't just a clever piece of nomenclature. The Superior Entertainment Center boasts both youth and adult leagues as well as special rates for different days of the weeks. A full arcade, table shuffleboard and trivia matches rounds out the entertainment pool, and those who want to stick around for dinner and drinks can do so comfortably with burgers, salads, pizzas and more.
Though the eight-lane Black Bear Bowling Lanes in White Pine isn't exactly the biggest or most expansive bowling alley around, there's some key points that make this one a winner. Its location is one, of course, but for all the amazing things bowling alleys come with these days, few come with their own attached motel. Motel, and convenience store, and gift shop, and bar, and restaurant. It's a complete complex of resources located in the middle of the Upper Peninsula.
League bowling, open bowling, lessons and even billiards. At Saline's Maplewood Lanes, it doesn't matter what your skill set is or even if your skills lie in bowling. There's something here for just about anyone. Birthday parties are a major focus here, as party packages come with a variety of features including a specifically-detailed birthday hostess and an optional magician for hire. Throw in a clear commitment to the little things like maintained pinsetters and clean facilities, and the end result is bowling excellence.
When a bowling alley is willing to describe itself as “chic” and “upscale,” it's a safe bet you are in fact dealing with such an animal. What bowling alley would claim to be chic and upscale if it really weren't? That's just the proposition Novi's Lucky Strike is offering, and it delivers on this by offering not only bowling, but also a complete nightclub within the operation known as “Stayin' Alive.” Throw in complimentary billiards with food or beverage purchase, and other special offers through the week, and that makes this upscale experience well worth checking out.