No matter when you're staying at one of our boutique Cape Cod hotels in Falmouth and Provincetown, sometimes you need a good indoor activity. Whether you're warming up in the winter or seeking entertainment on a rainy summer day, knowing about these two great places to go bowling on Cape Cod will come in handy. Bowling lanes have come a long way from the stained carpet and sad carnival food from your youth—now with great food, a hip atmosphere, and good craft beer list, you'll relish spending an afternoon at the lanes.
This bowling alley in Mashpee Commons is about a 20 minute drive from our Falmouth (https://www.larkhotels.com/city/falmouth/) boutique hotel The Coonamessett (https://www.thecoonamessett.com/). With 10 lanes of tenpin bowling, The Lanes are family-friendly until 10pm and then 21 and up. Couches and high-top tables by the lanes make it easy to relax, while food and drink service means you never have to miss a frame. The bistro offers a mix of bar food, salads, burgers, and pizza and has 12 drafts available, many of them brewed locally. Lanes are first-come, first-served, but between the bistro and some other bar games, you won't be bored if you have to wait.
In Orleans, The Alley maintains the tradition of candlepin bowling on the Cape. Unique to New England, candlepin is played with a smaller ball that doesn't have holes in it and 10 pins that are skinnier than tenpin. If you're a good tenpin bowler, you'll be surprised to find candlepin is much harder! Many candlepin bowling alleys are old-school, but The Alley is updated with a modern restaurant and bar program. The menu features barbecued meats, from wings to brisket, and traditional BBQ sides like collard greens and mac and cheese. Add in an extensive beer and bourbon list and The Alley is worth visiting for food and drink alone—but try your hand at candlepin bowling too.