Best Cape Cod Bowling Spots: 10 Pin and Candlepin
Whether you need gutter bumpers or come with your own custom bowling ball and embroidered shirt, spending a few hours bowling on Cape Cod is sure to be a good time! If it’s a night out with friends, a rainy-day vacation activity, or birthday party, bowling is sure to bring a smile to participants of all ages.
Cape Cod Bowling Styles
Cape Cod is home to ten-pin bowling alleys as well as the lesser-known candlepin bowling unique to New England and the Maritime Provinces of Canada. Originating in Worcester, Massachusetts in the 1880’s, candlepin bowling features tall, skinny pins (think candlesticks) and smaller hand-held balls without the finger holes found on ten-pin bowling balls.
For more information on candlepin bowling or to refresh yourself on the rules, check out the International Candlepin Bowling Association. Whichever style of bowling you prefer, you’re sure to have a great time at the alleys on Cape Cod and the Islands- some venues even offer both.
In addition to bowling, many venues also sport arcades, laser tag, and other attractions sure to keep kids and kids-at-heart entertained! Grab a meal from the in-house restaurant, snag a drink from the bar, or enjoy the lane-side food service at many locations.
Ryan Family Amusements operates three bowling alleys on Cape Cod: South Yarmouth, Buzzards Bay, and in the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis. Enjoy candlepin and ten-pin bowling as well as arcade games and pizza, kids will have a great time at Ryan’s.
In Orleans, The Alley Bowling & BBQ combines great smoked BBQ, a full bar with craft brews and local spirits, and candlepin bowling. Grab a pitcher of beer with friends, pick your lane and spend an evening enjoying the casual atmosphere. The bowling will take you back to the basics with manual scoring.
Trade Center Bowl in Falmouth offers bowling, pool, and darts. Don’t miss the neon lights of cosmic bowling on Fridays and Saturdays from nine to midnight!
On Martha’s Vineyard, the Barn Bowl & Bistro in Oak Bluffs features great food and fun bowling
Trade those plastic benches for comfortable couches and coffee tables at The Lanes Bowl & Bistro located in the Mashpee Commons. It’s not your typical bowling alley. Featuring a classy take on tradition, The Lanes’ boutique ten pin bowling experience includes upscale casual dining, a bistro with space for live music, a seasonal outdoor bar, cafe, and bocce court. The eclectic and sophisticated spot features local beers on tap, a lengthy wine list, and creative cocktails.
So, what are you waiting for? Lace up your shoes and enjoy bowling on Cape Cod and the Islands!