One of the most picturesque vistas of Indianapolis can be spied from the top level of The Fountain Square Theatre Building during a friendly game of Action Duckpin Bowling. You’ll find a pair of the quirky duckpin lanes just a couple of miles from the Conrad. Take note: only the upstairs lane affords the killer views, so be sure to make a reservation in advance. Born in Baltimore, duckpin bowling is a variation on 10-pin bowling, but trades a full-sized bowling ball for one about the size of a coconut. It may be perfect for kids but that doesn’t mean scoring is easy. But that’s beside the point, especially when you get to spend a few hours in a 1928 building that was recently restored. The lanes have vintage wooden return rails and metal hoods over the pins, and you can almost imagine someone’s grandparents sitting in the weathered booths sipping cream sodas on their first date.
The Fountain Square Theatre Building is two miles from the hotel. Use the Prospect Street entrance, just west of Shelby, and look for the duckpin-bowling sign on street level.
ACTION DUCKPIN BOWLING: 1105 Prospect St.; 317-686-6006; fountainsquareindy.com; reservations strongly recommended and accepted by phone only