Bowling | Bowling Alleys | Bowling Centers
Find a comprehensive list of places to go bowling in the Hudson Valley of New York. Find places to bowl, aka bowling centers and bowling alleys, in Albany County, Columbia County, Dutchess County, Greene County, Orange County, Putnam County, Rensselaer County, Rockland County, Ulster County, and Westchester County.
For bowling in the upper-Hudson Valley and great places to have birthday parties for kids, visit your local bowling alley. If you're planning a kid's birthday party, think about a bowling birthday party for kids. Bowling alleys have bumper bowling for the children so that the kids don't get frustrated throwing alley balls. With bumper bowling for kids, the kids can get a higher score than their parents! Go
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Go Bowling with the Family
Most bowling lanes offer snack bars, lounges, and some offer full restaurants. In addition, many bowling alleys have arcades "game rooms". Several bowling alleys have a restaurant lounge where you can relax, have a casual meal, or just get something light to eat.
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Many bowling alleys also offer an arcade with games for kids of all ages. In addition to taking the kids to a bowling alley for healthy fun and exercise, they can also play a few of the entertainment machines (pinball or video games). All in all, bowling offers an affordable way to spend the day with the kids. Go bowling and enjoy a day of fun, games, and good exercise.
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First Time Bowlers
Dressing for bowling is easy. Wear something that is comfortable and that you can move in easily. Do not wear miniskirts to go bowling unless you want to give the whole bowling alley a show. Jeans and casual slacks are your best bet for bowling. Bring a pair of socks if you plan on renting bowling shoes.
Clothes and Equipment for Bowling
If this is your first time bowling, you can rent bowling shoes and certainly use one of the bowling balls available the bowling alley. If your feet have stopped growing and you decide you love to bowl and plan on going frequently, you should probably buy a pair of bowling shoes.
Serious bowlers that go bowling frequently will often invest in a pair of bowling shoes. If you have joined a league and go bowling frequently, you may also invest in buying a bowling ball and bowling bag to carry your bowling ball, shoes, and accessories.
Health Benefits of Bowling
Bowling is a good physical exercise that is similar to walking with free weights. Bowling helps to burn calories. Bowling works muscle groups that are not usually exercised. When you bowl, you flex and stretch muscles that are not typically used. While most sports are not for elderly people, it is possible to go bowling as you get older. For people that are advancing in age, bowling is still a great sport. If you haven't gone bowling in a long time, try not to overdo your first time back at the bowling alley. If this is your first time ever bowling, take it easy or you may be sore the next day.
If this is your first time bowling, remember that bowling balls are heavy and should not be picked up with one hand. Insert your fingers in the hold of the ball that you have selected to use, and then carefully pick up the ball with two hands.
When the bowling ball has been returned, be sure to bend your knees before picking up the ball. When picking up anything at all, you should bend your knees since our bodies were not made to bend over. This is especially important when picking up an object as heavy as a bowling ball.
History of Bowling
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History of Bowling
"A German historian, William Pehle, asserted that bowling began in his country about 300 AD. There is substantial evidence that a form of bowling was popular in England in 1366 when King Edward III allegedly outlawed it to keep his troops focused on archery practice. And it is almost certain that bowling was popular during the reign of King Henry VIII.
"By this time, too, there were many variations of "pin" games, and also of games where a ball was thrown at objects other than pins. This would seem to imply that the games had developed over time, from an earlier period.
"One of the most eccentric games is still found in Edinburgh. The player swings a fingerless ball between his legs and heaves it at the pins. In doing so, he "flops" onto the lane on his stomach. There were and still are many variations of ninepins in Western Europe. Likely related are the Italian bocce, the French petanque and British lawn bowling.
"Undoubtedly, the English, Dutch and German settlers all imported their own variations of bowling to America. The earliest mention of it in serious American literature is by Washington Irving, when Rip Van Winkle awakens to the sound of "crashing ninepins". The first permanent American bowling location probably was for lawn bowling, in New York's Battery area. Now the heart of the financial district, New Yorkers still call the small plot Bowling Green.
"The game had its ups and downs in America. An 1841 Connecticut law made it illegal to maintain "any ninepin lanes,", probably because bowling was the object of much gambling. But the problem, of course, also evidenced its popularity. Also, many captains of industry chose to install a lane in their mansions.
"While it is uncertain where the tenpin game evolved, by the late 1800s it was prevalent in many states such as New York, Ohio and as far "west" as Illinois. However, details like ball weights and pin dimensions varied by region. But that changed when restaurateur Joe Thum finally pulled together representatives of the various regional bowling clubs. On September 9, 1895, at Beethoven Hall in New York City, the American Bowling Congress was born. Soon, standardization would be established, and major national competitions could be held.
"While women had been bowling in the latter half of the nineteenth century, the American Bowling Congress was for men. It was in 1917 that the Women's International Bowling Congress was born in St. Louis. Encouraged by proprietor Dennis Sweeney, women leaders from around the country participating in a tournament decided to form what was then called the Women's National Bowling Association.
"Bowling technology took a big step forward about the same time. Balls used to be primarily lignum vitae, a very hard wood. But in 1905, the first rubber ball, the "Evertrue" was introduced;, and in 1914 the Brunswick Corporation successfully promoted the Mineralite ball, touting its "mysterious rubber compound.".
"Now organized, with agreed-upon standards, the game grew in popularity. In 1951, another technological breakthrough set the stage for massive growth. American Machine and Foundry Company (AMF, then a maker of machinery for the bakery, tobacco and apparel businesses) purchased the patents to Gottfried Schmidt's automatic pinspotter, and by late 1952, production model pinspotters were introduced. No longer did a proprietor have to rely on "pinboys.".
"Television embraced bowling in the 1950's, and the game's popularity grew exponentially. NBC's broadcast of "Championship Bowling" was the first network coverage of bowling. Coverage proliferated with shows like "Make That Spare,", "Celebrity Bowling", and "Bowling For Dollars." And in 1961, ABC became the first network to telecast competition of the Pro Bowlers Association. Successful promoter, agent and entrepreneur Eddie Elias founded the PBA, and with his leadership, the Pro Bowlers Tour became a hugely popular stalwart of ABC sports broadcasting. Joined later by telecasts of the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour (the forerunner now the Professional Women's Bowling Association, PWBA) millions of Americans witnessed and became interested in the sport.
"Today, the sport of bowling is enjoyed by 95 million people in more than 90 countries worldwide. Under the auspices of the Federation Nationale des Quilleurs (FIQ), bowling top athletes regularly compete in Olympic Zone and worldwide competitions."
Source: History of Bowling is credited to the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame.