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Big 20 Bowling Center

Address: 382 US Rt 1, Scarborough, ME
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Ranked #6 of 20 Attractions in Scarborough
Type: Bowling Alleys, Fun & Games
Attraction details
Type: Bowling Alleys, Fun & Games
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Tue 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Portland, Maine
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379 reviews 379 reviews
48 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Have been several times with the entire family and also with my charges as a nanny. Always a terrific time...lots if laughter and best if all...wonderful exercise, without feeling like you are working out. My family goes often as we have a competition in play for the last 3 years. Of course, my sons want to keep going as me... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Balls and lanes were in good condition. Well lit. I liked the seating arrangement - 6 seats for your group plus a row with a table behind it where you can put your food and drink. Had the combo plate of popcorn chicken, mozzarella sticks, fries, onion rings. Couldn't finish it all between 2 people but it was good. Not... More 

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Houston, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We absolutely loved the fun we had at this place trying to learn how to candlestick bowl. Coming from Houston we had never experienced this form of bowling. Big 20 has a great atmosphere and great service. We plan to go again while we are here and give the food a try along with trying to knock down all 10... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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100 reviews 100 reviews
45 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Bowling (in general) probably isn't as big as it once was - which is why it's great to try candlepin bowling. The balls are smaller, the pins are smaller, everything is smaller. Even the crowds - at least when we were there. We were actually the only people in the place. In fact, finding an employee to help us get... More 

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Scarborough, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Great staff, friendly people and wonderful fun for the whole family! Rainy days are the best in summer

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This place is great! It's a vintage bowling alley with a vintage feel, but still in great shape and tons of fun! We make it a point to visit every summer while on vacation to Higgins Beach.

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Milford, Massachusetts
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113 reviews 113 reviews
9 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I like bowling here. I bowled in a TV roll off here about 10 years ago. It's one of the few places around that doesn't use a bunch of silicone or grease on the pindecks. One of the candlepin bowling alleys around where it's still candlepin bowling as it was meant to be.

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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

A unique bowling experience that you don't get to have every day. Candlestick bowling and a different kind of keeping score. If you love bowling this is a must try. Staff was very helpful and friendly and the rules were posted on each score table to help you along..

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Scarborough, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

besides the few people smoking outside we had a great experience here. We went in and the man at the desk was very friendly and helped us get set up and made sure we understood everything. There was even a little place to get food. There was a league on one side and there were families with small kids on... More 

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DownEast and Acadia Maine, Maine
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Staff was pretty friendly, we had no problem getting a lane. The facility is a bit dated, but they have done a good job updating it with current technology for scorekeeping and events.

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