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Cheap Candlepin Bowling at Norwood Sport Center, Norwood, Mass.

If you’re looking for a fun, family-oriented cheap summer activity around the Boston area, we think that the Norwood Sport Center candlepin bowling alley in Norwood, Mass., will “strike” a positive chord with you.

For just $3 a string, this no-frills but clean and up-to-date bowling alley is a local favorite during the summer. It’s air-conditioned, has a friendly staff, and the scoring is punched into the keyboards with a monitor above showing your scores. So, although the Norwood Sport Center seems like a place out of the 60s, there’s no need to pencil in your scores on paper. They also offer bumpers for kids and really lousy adult bowlers.

The front of the building — with its faded brick and plain sign — looks like it was hit too many times by the ugly stick. Once you’re inside, however, there’s a nice, welcoming old-school feel to the place. The price is certainly old-school, too, as many other bowling areas charge at least twice the price.

Other than some video games and snack machines, the Norwood Sport Center is strictly a bowling alley. If you like to bowl and save money, this is definitely the place for you!

Norwood Sport Center
65 Cottage St. E
Norwood MA
Tel. (781) 769-0606

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