Let’s Roll: Bowling + Beyond in Greater Peoria


Rachel Mangiapane, Guest Writer


Have some ‘spare’ time? Give bowling a try! Even if bowling isn’t your sport of choice, you’ll find a variety of activities at these local establishments.

Lacon Bowling Lanes  {Lacon}   //   With 8 lanes, this alley is a lowkey spot for a fun evening. Lacon Lanes is a sport fanatic’s dream—enjoy watching the top sporting events on the big screen TVs while you bowl.

Landmark Recreation Center  {Peoria}   //   You can easily entertain yourself at Landmark for an entire day. Watch a movie. Take a fitness class. Play Esports and video games. Eat and drink. And yes, you can bowl on one of 50 lanes.

Linn Lanes Bowl  {Canton}   //   If you agreed to bowl for the food and drinks, Linn Lanes is the place to be. Enjoy the daily drink specials and homemade tenderloins. Serious bowlers will also be right at home in the Pro Shop.

Maple Lanes Bowling Alley  {Roanoke}   //  Are you a competitive bowler? Maple Lanes regularly runs tournaments with cash prizes! Follow their social media for details.

Minier Lanes  {Minier}   //  Great for family fun and kids birthday parties. This small town bowling alley is the perfect fit for your next night out.

Mt. Hawley Bowl and Castle Golf  {Peoria}   //   A great late-night hangout, add cosmic bowling or minigolf to your weekend plans. The snack and drink bar can keep you refreshed.

Plaza Lanes  {Washington}   //   Beyond 20 lanes of bowling, Plaza also offers an arcade, laser tag, an extensive menu and full bar. Serious bowlers are also at home here with leagues and a proshop.

Potter’s Alley   {Morton}   //   If you are ready to take your bowling to the next level, check out Potter’s. With Specto Bowling tracking and in-house coaches, you can hone your skills in this family-friendly environment.

Spoon River Bowl  {Wyoming}   //  The food and drink specials will keep you coming back if the bowling doesn’t.  Be sure to check out the lunchtime grill cart.

Striketown Bowl  {Pekin}   //  Want to earn cash while having a ball? Sign up for the next Striketown Bowl tournament.

Sunset Lanes  {Pekin}   //   Bowling, laser tag, karaoke, arcade games – you’ll find something for everyone at Sunset Lanes. If you are going to be a regular bowler, get a loyalty rewards card to save on future visits.

The Bowling Alley   {Eureka}   //   You can no longer bowl here post renovations, but the name stuck.  Darts and pool are the games of choice, best played with a mixed drink.

The Paddlewheel Bowl   {Havana}   //   Weekends are full of fun at The Paddlewheel. Check them out on Facebook to see if Cosmic Bowling or 9 Pin is on the schedule.

Uncle Buck’s FishBowl + Grill   {East Peoria}   //   This unique environment makes you feel as if you’ve gone under the sea to bowl in the ocean. Get in the spirit with a themed cocktail such as The Fishbowl or Anglers Mule.


Rachel Mangiapane, Guest Writer
Rachel Mangiapane, Guest Writer

Rachel Mangiapane moved to Peoria to attend Bradley University and never left thanks to her Caterpillar career. Growing up in a very small town, the Peoria area feels like a metropolis to her! With a home in Mapleton, work in Peoria,  family in Washington and property in Cuba, she’s regularly exploring the region. You’re most likely to find her at a local coffee shop, antique store or yoga studio.

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