Stuart Bowl - bowling alley in Stuart, Iowa
Welcome to stuart bowl - Stuart, Iowa Bowling Center

The best bowling experience in Central Iowa

Stuart Bowl has eight newly renovated lanes with all new ball returns, new pin spotters, and automatic scoring machines. Click below to reserve a lane today.

Stuart, Iowa Bowling

Join us for Open Bowling and roll a few games with your friends. Our automatic scoring machines do all the work for you. Relax with some cocktails and enjoy the tunes!

Sports Bar

Grab a burger, wings, breaded tenderloin, or munch on some mozzarella sticks, onion rings, or cheddar cheese balls. Wash it down with a cold beer while you watch the game on one of our big screens.

Bowling Leagues

Leagues are available Fall through Spring, and all skill levels are welcome. All leagues use a handicap system so even Regular Joes can take home that trophy at the end of the season.

Party Spot

Book your child's birthday party with us. Packages available including pizza, pop, bowling, and shoe rental. Contact us today to check availability.

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About stuart bowl

A Stuart Landmark Since 1961

Stuart Bowl opened in 1961, and immediately created much excitement in the Stuart, Iowa bowling community. Three local businessmen and their families built the business: C.W. Bright, Dr. L.F. Miller, and Kenneth Jones. A large grand opening was held in August 1961, and leagues were filled.

The new dining room and lounge were popular in a town with limited dining options. Management changed multiple times in the first decade. Earl and Marcella Gray and Ray LaFrenz were two fixtures that will be remembered from those early years.

A young Terry Harrison and his mother, Jaunita, purchased the bowling alley in 1974, and it has remained a Harrison-led operation for over 45 years. Terry’s parents, Gene and Juanita Harrison, remained active in helping with the establishment for several years.

1996 was a memorable year with many physical improvements, including glow in the dark bowling with black lights and automated scoring.

Stuart Bowl also landed the State Super Team Tournament in 1996, which was a landmark event in the business.

Through the years, sanctioned league bowling across the nation has declined but Terry Harrison has countered the trend by creating a fun atmosphere for family and party bowling while improving food and beverage offerings. 

Additional bowling improvements were undertaken in 2000, 2002, and 2003, as the center became a family destination for all ages. After major health challenges, Harrison created Traditions Sports Bar & Grill, and in 2017, again made major bowling equipment improvements with new synthetic lanes and HDTV scoring screens installed, while the pin setting equipment was renovated to like-new condition.

While the overall bowling industry has declined, and many centers shuttered in recent decades the constant investment at Stuart Bowl has kept this now 60+ year old entertainment venue fresh and very active.

-from the Stuart Sesquicentennial Book

Our food

Traditions Sports Bar

Serving a full menu in Stuart, Iowa

appetizers menu stuart bowl

Appetizers Galore

Start off with some jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, or cheddar cheeseballs.
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Burgers, Beers, & More

Try one of our delicious cheeseburgers, breaded tenderloins, or italian sausage sandwiches, and wash it down with a cold beer, cocktail, or Coke.
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Grab a pizza and some wings. Great for birthday parties for the kids!
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Become a League Bowler

Leagues run from late August through May coinciding with the school calendar.

Bowlers of all skill levels are welcome! We use a handicap system to keep league nights competitive for everyone.

Leagues are available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

Stuart Bowl 2023 Available Leagues

    Begins late August


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    Begins early September

Birthday Parties

Let Us Host Your Child's Birthday Party

Bowling and Pizza Birthday Packages Available

Kids Love It

And so do parents. We cook and take care of the clean up. You just bring the presents!

Pizza Party

Enjoy delicious pizza or order from our full menu.


Reserve a pair of lanes for 2 hours. Custom options also available.

Lane Availability

Contact us to see our dates and times available for your next bowling birthday party.

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Stuart, Iowa Bowling Alley

Stuart Bowl in Stuart, Iowa, offers a premier bowling experience with eight newly renovated lanes, modern ball returns, new pin spotters, and automatic scoring, making it a popular destination not just for locals but also for visitors from neighboring towns like Earlham, Greenfield, Panora, Winterset, Creston, and Adair. Beyond bowling, the establishment features Traditions Sports Bar, which serves a variety of food and drinks, creating a lively atmosphere for both families and competitive league bowlers alike, reinforcing its status as a beloved community landmark since 1961.