About HoeBowl Family Fun Centers
In the mid-1950’s Bob Hoe, an avid bowler, purchased a nearly bankrupt bowling alley in Poughkeepsie, New York. From that purchase grew the current group of 5 Hoe Bowl Family Fun bowling centers, 2 in Dutchess County, and 1 each in Greene, Ulster and Orange Counties. During the more than 50 years that Hoe Bowl has been a fixture in the area, bowling has seen many changes. In that first center pinboys reset bowling pins manually after each frame. Not long after Bob’s entry into the business, the semi-automatic pinsetter was invented; a pinboy was still required for each lane, but he fed the pins individually into a rack that lowered them onto the lane. Finally, in the 1960’s the fully automatic pinsetter--no pinboy required--fueled a bowling boom throughout the U.S.
In that period Bob Hoe bought or built several other centers in the Mid- Hudson Valley. Over time these facilities have evolved from “sports centers” to “entertainment and community centers,” featuring not only bowling, snack bars and bars, but also pool, video games and music, karaoke nights, comedy nights and more.
Leagues continue to be an important part of the business, but of increasing importance are recreational and “open” bowling, as well as bowling birthday parties and bowling fundraisers.
Today Bob Hoe’s daughter Diane--formerly a lawyer in New York City--is in charge and works with a strong management team to create an exciting and worthwhile experience for bowlers in the Mid-Hudson Valley and to make the Hoe Bowl Family Recreation Centers a dynamic part of the Hudson Valley community.
HOEBOWL FAMILY FUN CENTERS have something for everyone! We have centers in Catskill, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Walden and Wappingers Falls!
Whether you’ve never bowled before or you’re an advanced bowler you’ll have a ton of fun while creating a lifetime of great memories with friends and family! We have open bowling, league bowling for all levels, great food, parties, fundraising events, special appearances and more! You want to have fun? At any HoeBowl Family Fun Center, you found the right place!