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Best Bowling Alley 

Mahall's 20 Lanes

Bowling is one of those activities that feels like it should be free, but always ends up costing more than you bargained for. But not at Mahall's. This small, split-level bowling alley with 20 lanes was opened in the 1930s by John Mahall. Seven decades later, grandson Thomas charges just $2 a game and $2 for shoes. The look is undeniably retro. "We can't afford to do anything," Mahall explains. But in a bowling alley, that's a blessing. No light shows, no blaring pop music, and -- most important -- no automatic scoring machines. No, this throwback has everything you need and nothing you don't.

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