Most expats I have talked to over the past few years in Medellín aren’t aware that Medellín has bowling alleys. Medellín has three bowling alleys that I know about. Over the past several years I have bowled at all three. And they each have their pluses and minuses.
Each of the bowling alleys in Medellín are the 10-pin variety, which are the most common found in the U.S. and Canada. U.S.-style bowling is known as Bolo Americano or boliche in Colombia. The clientele at the bowling alleys in Medellín in my experience is mainly Colombians, as I rarely have seen expats when I have bowled in the city.
In this article, we look at all three bowling alleys in Medellín, which are all family friendly. These are ordered from the largest to the smallest. The above photo is of the Boliche Acuario in Medellín.
The largest bowling alley in Medellín is Boliche Acuario (Bowling Aquarium), with 24 lanes. Boliche Acuario is over 30 years old, since it reportedly opened in 1981. It is located in the Carlos E. Restrepo barrio of Laureles-Estadio and is not very far from the Atanasio Giradot stadium.
In my experience, this place can get very busy and loud when it has tournaments. Also, there is a small upstairs area for spectators during tournaments. In addition, Boliche Acuario has billiards tables (without pockets) and a restaurant, bar and ice cream parlor. And it even has rooms for social events.
The cost to bowl here is 40,000 pesos for six people for one hour, which include bowling shoes. But they sometime run promotions that can be seen on their website. For example, in June and July Boliche Acuario had a promotion of 64,000 pesos for six people for two hours.
Address: Calle 51 #67B-60, second floor, Carlos E. Restrepo barrio
Phone: +57 4 230 4488
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Friday and Saturday: 3:00 pm to midnight; Sunday and Holidays 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Bowlinco Bolera is the second largest bowling alley in Medellín with 18 lanes. This bowling alley is conveniently located in the Monterrey mall, which is located next to the Poblado metro station. In addition, Bowlinco Bolera has reportedly been in operation for over 20 years.
In my experience, Bowlinco Bolera is very popular in the evenings and on the weekends. Also, they have some pool tables with pockets. In addition, there is a small restaurant/bar.
Bowlinco Bolera is open later than Monterrey mall. If the mall entrances are closed you may have to enter or leave through the parking lot. Also, there a special elevator in the mall to get to Bowlinco Bolera, which is located on the fifth floor.
At Bowlinco Bolera, it costs 10,000 pesos per person per bowling game. And bowling shoe rental costs 1,500 pesos per person.
Address: Carrera 48 # 10-45, El Poblado
Phone: +57 4 268 5440
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 1:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 1:00 pm to midnight.
Bolera Suramericana is the smallest bowling alley in Medellín with 16 lanes. It is owned by the city of Medellín and is part of the Instituto de Deportes y Recreación de Medellín (INDER). In addition, it is located in Belén and is part of the Andrés Escobar Saldarriaga sports complex.
It’s located about one block from the Fatima Metroplús station, so easy to get to from the Medellín metro, as the Metroplús bus line connects at the Industriales metro station
Bolera Suramericana is the newest bowling alley in Medellín, as it reportedly opened in 2008. Furthermore, it has automated scoring, which you won’t find at the other two bowling alleys in the city.
Bolera Suramericana has a small cafeteria/coffee shop with drinks and some snacks. But a downside is that it doesn’t serve alcohol. And no smoking is permitted. There is also a small pro shop that sells bowling balls and bowling shoes.
Bolera Suramericana wants you to have reservations that can be made up to 15 days in advance for one or two-hour reservations. In addition, all players must register on the INDER website and reservations can be done on this site.
After registering, bowling players are supposed to pay in advance. Payment can be made to the INDER Bancolombia account # 93322253921 in the name of INDER Medellín. Finally, at Bolera Suramericana, it costs only 4,000 pesos per person per hour to play. And this price includes bowling shoes.
So, Bolera Suramericana is the cheapest place to bowl in the city. The low price is due to being city-owned and subsidized. Since it’s the newest bowling alley, it also has the newest equipment. The other two places tend to have older equipment such as bowling balls and bowling shoes.
Address: Carrera 66B # 30A-245, Belén
Phone: +57 4 316 1639
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm; Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm; Holidays: closed.
Kid Friendly Things to Do in Medellín and Nearby
Bowling is on of the kid-friendly things to do in Medellín. On the Medellin Guru website we have looked at 12 different things to do in Medellín and nearby that are kid-friendly:
- Parque Explora – Medellín’s Interactive museum and aquarium.
- Parque Norte – Medellín’s amusement park.
- Zoológico Santa Fe – Medellín’s zoo.
- Planetario de Medellín – Medellín’s planetarium.
- Jardín Botánico – Medellín’s botanical gardens are popular with families.
- Medellín’s Christmas lights – the world-class Christmas lights in Medellín are very popular with families.
- Museo del Agua – Medellín’s popular water museum.
- Bowling in Medellín – there are three bowling alleys in Medellín.
- Movie Theaters in Medellín – we provide a guide to the movie theaters in Medellín where ticket prices are less than half the U.S. price.
- Piedras Blancas – an ecological park in Santa Elena near Medellín with a lake, insect museum, hotel and more.
- Barbosa, Antioquia – a pueblo located less than an hour from Medellín. It’s a great getaway from Medellín with streams, waterfalls, hiking, a waterpark and many other things to do.
- Hacienda Napoles – Escobar’s former estate located about 4 hours from Medellín that has been transformed into a family-friendly theme park with a waterpark and zoo.
Locations of the Bowling Alleys in Medellín
The Bottom Line: Bowling in Medellín
Bowling is something you can do on a rainy day. And there are three places to bowl in Medellín. I recommend making reservations, particularly in the evenings or on the weekends. Seems like all three places to bowl listed above are popular and can get busy.
I asked at all three of these places about other places to bowl in the city. And the staff weren’t aware of any other places beyond these three in the city. If anyone happens to know of additional bowling alleys in the city, please let us know in the comments below, and we’ll update the article.
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