Bowling is the perfect family sport: you don’t have to be good at it to have a blast. Kids and adults alike can celebrate the little victories, laugh through the gutter balls, and just have lots of fun. Best of all, bowling is the perfect antidote to less-than-stellar weather, sleepy vaca days and too much screen time. So grab the kids and head to one of the many NYC alleys with tons of New York charm! Click through to find your fave!

For a Cultural Experience: Bowlmor Times Square

Located in the heart of NYC, Bowlmor is a microcosm of the city, thanks to a recent major makeover. Like all things NYC, the bowling hot spot is large, can get crowded, and boasts a variety of cultures and styles. Forty-eight bowling lanes are split between seven themed lounges decorated to look like various places and eras in the city's history. Spend an afternoon bowling in an NYC neighborhood like Chinatown, Central Park, or Coney Island, or check out an Art Deco palace or a Pop Art gallery.

If you get tired of bowling, Bowlmor has plenty of other reasons to stick around. Adults can enjoy the Uptown Bar on the fourth floor, while kids will dig the large arcade on the floor below. Finger-food like chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks will keep the munchies at bay and provide the kids with some fuel. Keep in mind that Friday and Saturday evenings are adult evenings -- kids are allowed when accompanied by parents or a family, but it might be a good idea to come at an earlier time. Make sure to dress up: Bowlmor has a dress code and doesn't allow for baseball caps or bandannas, baggy or athletic clothes, etc. Times Square too crowded for you? Check out the newer Bowlmor in Chelsea Piers.

222 W. 44 St.
Times Square

Photo: Bowlmor Times Square


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—Yuliya Geikhman