In this era of quick dopamine rushes administered by Instagram likes and Facebook posts, it’s always a treat to unplug and kick back how we used to as kids—bowling and roller skating.
Time to lace up those inlines, bowling shoes (or both under one roof!) at these retro-cool spots.
We’ll start with the most old-school in the bunch. Rocket Alley is home to six lanes with no computer assistance—you’ll have to keep score by hand.
You can’t miss Strawberry Lanes. Look for the massive neon BOWL sign lighting up the southern stretch of State Ave. Home to cheap bottles of beer, ample lanes, and the smell of alley wax. A true Marysville gem.
Much like Strawberry Lanes, everyone who’s grown up in Marysville has visited the Skate Center (formerly the Skate-Inn) at least once. Smooth floors, fried treats, and arcade games. You can even request your own tunes.
Like cosmic bowling? Evergreen Lanes is the spot for you with projection screens, a killer sound system, and lots of blacklights. Pop into their retro-cool lounge (complete with Seattle Supersonics relics) and order up some of the best chicken strips and burgers around.
The Everett Skate Deck has been entertaining citizens of Seattle NorthCountry since 1961, and are home to the Jet City Roller Derby club. Pop by for a roll under their LED lighting and disco balls.
Home to Quartermania, the best deal on bowling in Everett. Sunday night from 8:30-11:30 p.m. it’s just 50 cents for shoe and lane rentals as well as food and $1.25 beers. Can’t beat it!
6210 200th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036
Why not combine bowling and skating under one roof? Since the 50s, Lynnwood Bowl & Skate has been doing just that. Down for a late-night session? Enjoy live DJs spinning some tasty breaks as you glide across the floor.