Let’s go Bowling!

Strike up a fun night at each of these West Lafayette/Lafayette bowling alleys. Strap on your shoes, grab your scrunchies and get ready for a blast to the past.

Purdue University Student, Claire Connelly, shares this blog. This blog is part of a series of articles submitted to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette through a cooperation with a 400-level travel writing class at Purdue University.

Union Rack & Roll

The Union is my favorite place for a quick bite and a long study session, but not usually a place where I have fun, until now. Enjoy bowling, billiards, and boogying at the Union Rack & Roll. The bowling experience is great, especially with friends, but if you’re into lounging by the pool … tables, go hit up the billiards behind the lanes! 

The way the Union Rack & Roll transports you back to the 80s with its music selection and the funky carpets is crazy. Between Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, and Duran Duran echoing through my ears, the retro interior design, and the neon lights, I would have thought I was a feature in a John Hughes film!

The staff is extremely friendly and love to get to know their lane-goers. While there is no food served at the Union Rack & Roll, the entirety of the Purdue Memorial Union food services are available at your ready when you finish your night out on the lanes!

Union Rack & Roll Bowling Union Rack & Roll Billiards Market Square Lanes

Market Square Lanes

Spend a night under the stars at the cosmic bowling night at Market Square Lanes!

Cosmic Bowling night makes for a fun night with friends. Cosmic bowling features black lights with fun, upbeat music, and lasers illuminating the bowling alley.

When I went bowling at Market Square Lanes, it was a bargain for my buck. I had a great time with my friends, bowled to my heart’s content, and enjoyed delicious food and drinks.

Arrowhead bowling

Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl

I was a little nervous when I walked through the doors at Arrowhead Bowl and a group of bowlers significantly older than me were dominating the lanes. With a little help from the bumpers and the confidence of the group beside me, I ended up setting my personal record of 45.  

Bowling at Arrowhead Bowl is a great experience. The lanes are in great condition and spacious for large groups. Arrowhead Bowl is clean and the staff is wonderful. They gave great food recommendations, laughed at my corny bowling jokes I’m sure they’ve heard a thousand times, and even gave me tips on how to improve my game.

Get your game face on

At Arrowhead Bowl, there’s a vast arcade and Game Center that is perfect for bowlers of any age. The games are fun and they have a terrific selection! I always find myself gravitating toward the “Space Invader Frenzy” game where you shoot aliens and try to make combinations for high scores.

Arrowhead Bowling

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