The neon-lights of Las Vegas beckon millions of visitors each year. And Sin City’s casinos are usually jammed with gamblers looking for their win. But sometimes visitors need a respite from the frenetic action. So, if you can spare the time and want to split from the gambling tables and machines, or take a break from pinning your hopes on a flush, a little bowling action might be right up your alley. And there are plenty of in-casino bowling lanes, both on the Strip or just off that mecca, that are available to individuals, families or for parties to have a ball.
About 20 minutes driving distance from the Strip is the Red Rock Casino and Resort (11011 W. Charleston Blvd.) that features Red Rock Lanes. Open seven days a week, with varying hours, the Red Rock offers bowlers 72 lanes of pin action. A lounge, game room and deli snack bar are close at hand. And on weekends, the Red Rock Lanes fires up “Cosmic Bowling,” that features dancing lights, fog machines, glow-in-the-dark lanes, pins and balls along with kicking music. Definitely not your father’s bowling alley. Red Rock also provides VIP lanes and private suites for parties who can enjoy plasma TV screens and bottle service.
A child-friendly environment filled with music and fun lighting greets bowlers at the 24-lane Silver Nugget Casino’s Bowling Center (2140 Las Vegas Blvd. in North Las Vegas) during its Cosmic Bowling spin on Friday and Saturday nights. The Nugget has league bowling, so its schedules for open bowling vary. Visitors find a state-of-the-art scoring system, air hockey tables, snack bar and a regular bar for the grown-ups. The Nugget also opens lanes to members of the Blind Center of Nevada to offer the sport to the visually impaired. The Blind Center (4001 N. Bruce St.) incidentally has a few lanes of its own for out-of-towners who might want to keep their game up.
The Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall’s Bowling Center (5111 Boulder Hwy.) is open 24/7 to bowlers wanting to take advantage of its 56 lanes that include bumpers for young children. Friday and Saturday nights the alley is transformed into a disco-style environment with pulsating lights, fogging machines and special effects for the “Extreme Bowling Experience.” The Bowling Center has a pro shop, snack bar, video game arcade and cocktail lounge. It also offers a variety of birthday party bowling packages tailored for children.
Seventy lanes await bowlers at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino’s Bowling Center (4000 W. Flamingo) along with a pro shop and 1,000 lockers to store your goods. There is a bar and lounge for bowlers to kick back in, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights when the Gold Coast offers its version of “Cosmic Bowling.” Like the other alleys, the Gold Coast is open to leagues, so times and prices for open bowling vary.
Family friendly bowling fun can be found at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino’s bowling center (9090 Alta Dr.) with automatic bumpers extended for the little ones. Customers can look out at the 64 lanes while enjoying cocktails and video slots in the center’s lounge. While waiting for their turn, bowlers can watch television as each lane has its own monitor.
Group packages and five meeting rooms for parties or business can be found along with 70 lanes at The Orleans Hotel & Casino’s Bowling Center (4500 W. Tropicana Ave.). Orleans offers a full-service pro shop along with a video arcade, snack bar and lounge area. The Orleans’ lanes were voted “Best of Las Vegas” bowling alleys in 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006.
Both traditional and party atmospheres are offered to bowlers at the Santa Fe Station Bowling Center (4949 N. Rancho Dr.) depending on what time and day of the week you show up. Regular bowling (along with leagues) takes up most of the week, but the Station also offers “Cosmic Party” bowling Saturday nights, which gives a little more lively tone to knocking down the pins.
The South Point Hotel Casino (9777 Las Vegas Blvd. S.) has a center aisle splitting its 64 bowling lanes in half. Touch screens on the tables let everyone keep track of their scores. An arcade, snack bar and an adjacent bar to down a beverage are all featured at the bowling center.
So if you want to take a break from the casinos for yourself or your family, strike out in search of one of these lanes. Just remember that hours and fees vary at each bowling center so do check ahead to spare yourself any potential time conflicts.