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Best of Washington 2012: Strike a Bargain

You’d be surprised by the fun that can be found on a military base.

Photograph by Ann Hennessy.

When you think of a military base, you probably don’t think cheap entertainment for the family. But that’s what you’ll find at Arlington’s Fort Myer, the Army post officially known as Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. There, on base, is an open-to-the-public bowling alley.

On Friday and Saturday nights, the Fort Myer Bowling Center offers Cosmic Bowling, when the glow-in-the-dark pins on the 20 lanes are bathed in colored lights that blink to the beat of disco tunes. Kids love the slides that help them roll the ball. Best of all, it’s just $3 a game on Saturday and Sunday ($2 Monday through Friday before 5 pm, $3 after); shoe rental is $2. A snack bar serves such bowling-alley fare as pizza and chicken fingers; a bucket of six seven-ounce Budweisers is $9.

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Bring a photo ID—your car will be inspected as you enter the base. 703-528-4766;

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