Las Vegas is one of the favorite cities in the world for bowlers of all levels, with several huge alleys offering everything from regular bowling to rock-‘n’-roll style action.
- The Strip got its first serious bowling alley in 2014 at Brooklyn Bowl, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (at the LINQ; tel 702/862-2695). The 32-lane facility has two floors of state-of-the-art scoring from Brunswick, swank couches at the lanes instead of hard plastic seats, and high-definition projection screens over the alleys. Be warned that the nice surroundings come with a high price ($25 and up per lane per hour). It’s open Sunday through Thursday from 11am until 2am and Friday and Saturday until 4am.
- Gold Coast Bowling Center, 4000 W. Flamingo Rd. (at Valley View; tel 702/367-7111), has a 70-lane bowling center; open daily 24 hours.
- The Orleans Bowling Center, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave. (tel 702/365-7400), has 70 lanes, a pro shop, lockers, meeting rooms, and more; open daily 24 hours.
- Red Rock Lanes, 11011 W. Charleston Ave. (tel 702/797-7467), is a luxury bowling center with 72 lanes, plasma TVs, and VIP suites where you can pick your own music and get bottle service. It's open daily from 8am until 2am.
- Santa Fe Station Bowling Center, 4949 N. Rancho Rd. (tel 702/658-4995), has a 60-lane alley with the most modern scoring equipment, new furnishings, a fun and funky bar, a small cafe, and much more. Open Sunday through Thursday 8am until midnight, and Friday and Saturday 8am until 1am.
- Sam’s Town Bowling Center, 5111 Boulder Hwy. (tel 702/456-7777), offers 56 lanes plus a snack shop, cocktail lounge, video arcade, day-care center, pro shop, and more. It's open daily 24 hours.
- South Point Bowling Center, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. (tel 702/797-8080), has a 64-lane facility with a similar divided layout to its sister at Suncoast (see below). It has all the latest gee-whiz scoring and automation, plus the usual facilities, and is open 24 hours. A separate $30-million, 60-lane facility designed to host pro-bowling tournaments should be open by the time you read this.
- Strike Zone at Sunset Station, 1301 W. Sunset Rd., in Henderson (tel 702/547-7467), has a high-tech, 72-lane facility with all the latest automated scoring gizmos, giant video screens, a full bar, a snack shop, a pro shop, a video arcade, and more. It’s open daily 24 hours.
- Suncoast Bowling Center, 9090 Alta Dr., in Summerlin (tel 702/636-7111), offers 64 lanes divided by a center aisle. The high-tech center with touch-screen scoring has become a regular stop on the Pro Bowlers tours. It's open 8am-2am.
- Texas Star Lanes, 2101 Texas Star Lane (tel 702/288-7728), offers a 60-lane alley, video arcade, billiards, a snack bar and lounge, and more. It's open Sun-Thurs 7:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7:30am-2am.
Tennis used to be a popular pastime in Vegas, but these days, buffs only have a couple of choices at hotels in town that have courts. Bally’s ([tel] 702/967-4598) has eight night-lit hard courts. Fees start at $20 per hour per court for guests of Bally’s or Paris Las Vegas and $25 per hour for nonguests, with rackets available for rental. Facilities include a pro shop. Hours vary seasonally. Reservations are advised. The Westgate Las Vegas ([tel] 702/732-5009) has six outdoor hard courts (four night-lit) and a pro shop. It’s open to the public but hours vary seasonally. Rates are $20 per hour for guests and $25 per hour for nonguests. Lessons are available. Reservations required.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.