About Us

Garden Center Lanes is YOUR stop for entertainment and fun! With hours of operation being from 9am-1am and 34 lanes, one of the largest arcades in the area, a full service pro shop, and a snack bar with made to order pizzas, Garden Center Lanes is one of the premiere bowling centers in the Upper Midwest. Garden Center also offers a casual dining restaurant. Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill features an American style menu and many different beverage options including 30 different draft beer selections.


Garden Center Lanes is a great location for a fun night out with family and friends as we have a variety of bowling options including leagues for all ages and skill levels, birthday parties, and fundraisers. Garden Center Lanes also hosts different tournaments year round including the Garden Center Annual Tournament.


The original Garden Center Lanes was opened in 1939 downtown Alexandria on 5th & Hawthorne. It was 8 lanes and included a fine dining restaurant. In 1957 LeRoy Meyer purchased Garden Center Lanes and the Meyer family has owned and operated it ever since. Over the next 30 years LeRoy and his family began the expansion of Garden Center by going from an 8 lane center to eventually becoming the 34 lane center it is today. With that they also grew the Garden Center Annual Tournament into one of the largest and longest running tournaments in the Northwest. In 2005 the Meyer family again expanded Garden Center, this time in a new location. On the corner of 30th avenue and South Broadway the Meyer family built a brand new center and also included the restaurant, Fat Daddy’s Bar & Grill, and a banquet facility, Broadway Ballroom Event Center.  Together these three offer a wide variety of entertainment options for many different people all year long.