Harley's Valley Bowl in Simi Valley

Harley's Valley Bowl

Harley's Valley Bowl is located at 5255 Cochran Street, Simi Valley.  You will quickly forget web surfing once you see this 40-lane facility. Try the Cosmic Bowling at night for some fun or perhaps a birthday party celebration. Open until midnight or later every night for you night owls. Call 805.584.BOWL (2695) or visit www.harleysbowl.com/valleybowl for more information.

On a related note, why do they call 3 strikes in a row a "turkey" in bowling? According to www.bowl.com, the term "turkey" dates back to before the turn of the 20th century, when it was much more challenging bowling strikes. During Thanksgiving or Christmas week, bowling alley owners would often award a live turkey to the first person on a team to score 3 strikes in a row.

Harley's Bowling Centers - Simi and Camarillo


Harley's Bowling Centers are located in Simi Valley and Camarillo.  Harley's Simi has 24 lanes and Harley's Camarillo has 20 lanes. These are two "go to" bowling center for residents of the Conejo Valley, which has been without a bowling alley since 1995.

There is another Harley's now called Harley's Valley Bowl on the east end of Simi Valley that was formerly Brunswick Zone.


Very popular spots for kids' birthday parties. There are leagues for kids ages 6 and up and for adults.  There is the popular "Atomic Bowling" with loud music and black lights.  These alleys also make great birthday venues too...try the bumper lane bowling for the little ones.  You can rent a lane for open bowling by the hour or by the game.

More information at www.harleysbowl.com.

Harley's Simi Valley is located at 480 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley (exit Madera off the 118 freeway) (805.526.4212).

Harley's Camarillo is located at 305 Arneill Road, Camarillo (Ponderosa Shopping Center, behind the 99 Cents Store) (805.482.0747)


Buena Lanes Bowling Alley - Ventura

Buena Lanes, Ventura
Buena Lanes, Ventura

Buena Lanes is located at 1788 Mesa Verde in Ventura, just down the street from Golf N Stuff. Buena Lanes is a full service bowling alley with a pro shop, a cute retro looking diner, bar, arcade, leagues, etc. Open seven days a week. Visit www.buenalanesbowling.com or call 805.656.0666 for more information.

Discovery Ventura Bowling Lanes

Discovery Ventura opened its doors at 1888 E. Thompson Boulevard, Ventura at the former home of the Ventura Bowling Center that closed its doors in December 2012.  The facility has been beautifully renovated as a restaurant and lounge, accompanied by a nine-lane bowling alley, several pool tables and shuffleboards.

Bowling lanes are first come, first serve and cost $15 per hour (plus shoe rentals). The boys were able to find lighter bowling balls (6 to 8 lbs) and the hostess can program, on request, "bumpers" to pop up during the kids' turns.

This is a smaller, boutique, non-league bowling alley that uses efficient "StringPin" technology. Traditionalists will definitely notice some difference in the pin "action" but for most folks bowling for fun, I don't see it being a big issue. See video below for a close-up of the StringPin action.

The lanes are full sized, though a bit cramped lengthwise. From what I've read and experience, there are usually sets of dots 12 feet and 15 feet from the foul line used in the approach. The 15 foot dots are very close to the serving tables and seating area. Probably not a big issue for most folks, but definitely a different feeling than most full sized bowling alleys. It didn't take any of the fun away for us!

Learn more at www.discoveryventura.com or call 805.856.BOWL (2695).