Woodland Bowl: Not Your Father’s Bowling Alley

The Woodland Bowl has recently been renovated, and one look tells you this this not your father’s bowling alley. The surprising chic, modern center is smoke-free. The atmosphere is appealing to adults and children alike. Gone are the molded plastic seats, and in their place are comfortable couches for each lane. Bar height stools are set back from the lanes for food and drinks. On our recent afternoon visit, the main events were several birthday parties for children. The lounge area (featuring a full bar and thirty different beers) was ready and waiting though, with the World Cup being broadcast on several televisions.

woodland-bowl-lanesBowling is bowling, and the young party participants were thrilled that the lanes not only had bumpers, but a ramp as well. The ramps give the balls a rolling start, which is helpful for the youngest bowlers. After the hour and 15 minutes of lane time, the bowlers took a break for birthday cake.

The last part of the birthday party was some time in the arcade. There are many classic games to play, including a couple of versions of skee ball, as well as whack-a-mole. There are also some new favorites, like a touch screen version of everyone’s favorite app, Fruit Ninja. This high-tech arcade not only uses swipe cards to activate the games, the number of tickets earned on each game is also kept on the card. This eliminates any ticket confusion as people play in the arcade.

In addition to the arcade, there’s also Laser Tag available. Birthday party attendees receive a coupon for a free game, so we will be returning in the near future. The Pirate’s Quest Laser Tag area is equipped to accommodate up to 36 players at a time, and groups are welcome.Pirates-Laser-Tag

Outside, Pirate’s Cove miniature golf offers several 18 hole courses, with a variety of obstacles and hazards. Birthday party guests also received a coupon for a round of miniature golf, so we’ll be trying that out too. As an added bonus, there’s a large seating area on the deck to enjoy the offerings from the snack bar.


As much as Woodland Bowl offers for families, there are plenty of adults-only leagues as well. Beer lovers will want to sign up for the Thirsty Thursday league, which includes a different pitcher of beer each week. The Pizza, Beer and Bowling league includes- you guessed it- beer and pizza each week.

Woodland Bowl offers something for everyone, whether it’s a child in need of a party venue or adults looking to socialize and have fun. There’s plenty for non-bowlers to do, and it’s  easy to enjoy an afternoon or evening there.

Woodland Bowl is located at 3421 E. 96th Street, Indianapolis, more information can be found on their website.