Mainers love bowling, especially when winter turns down the thermostat outdoors. And in Maine, bowlers get two distinct ways to play.
Like the rest of the US, Maine has lanes designed for Ten-Pin bowling. That game features fat-bottomed pins that look like ducks standing at attention. Bowlers try to knock them down using large, heavy balls which they grasp by putting three fingers into holes in the balls.
Other Maine bowling alleys offer Candlepin bowling, a game seen largely in New England and the Canadian Maritimes. In that game, the pins look like tall wooden candles – hence, the name. Bowlers roll balls without fingerholes, each of which is the size of a big grapefruit. Candlepin fans claim their sport is tougher than Ten-Pin. Naturally, many Ten-Pin fans disagree. Maine gives you the opportunity to try them both.
Here’re bowling alleys in each of Maine’s Tourism Regions with the type of bowling each offers. Alleys often provide additional amenities including restaurants, bars, billiards and arcades.
Northern Lanes Bowling Alley / Presque Isle / Candlepin
DownEast & Acadia
Eastward Family Fun Center / Ellsworth / Candlepin
Greater Portland and Casco Bay
Bayside Bowl / Portland / Ten-Pin
Sparetime Bowling / Hallowell / Ten-Pin
Maine’s Lakes & Mountains
Moose Alley / Rangeley / Ten-Pin
Maine’s MidCoast & Islands
All Play Family Entertainment Center / Belfast and Waldoboro / Candlepin
The Maine Beaches
Bowl-A-Rama / Sanford/ Candlepin
The Maine Highlands
Family Fun Bowling Center / Bangor / Ten-Pin