Fans of axe throwing in Pennsylvania have a thriving market of places to choose from. The Homestead axe throwing scene is one of the best in the country, with plenty of local ranges to choose from. In this guide, we’re going to cover the best place to throw axes in town. These are the 5 best indoor throwing ranges, and work for both pros and beginners.
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The axe throwing industry is dominated by a few huge chains that sprawl the country. The offer a standardized formula, and give you a great throwing experience. But this list isn’t going to feature any of those chains. In fact, this is probably going to be one of the only guides in this series that is entirely local.
Lumberjaxes is a standalone venue, and does things a little differently than most big chains. Instead of focusing on booking your group and just tossing, they focus almost entirely on tournaments. You book a group of over 6 people, and you get your own 2.5 hour tournament hosted by lumberjacks.
Of course, the also offer walk-ins, charging $20 per person per hour, which is pretty affordable. They still work you in with other walk-ins for a tournament, so you can’t just free throw down the lane. It’s great for some light competition with friends, but maybe not for perfecting your technique.
Most axe ranges focus on group events, and this place is no different. They push you to bring 5 or more of your friends, family, and coworkers to maximize the experience. If your group is larger than 24, you have to contact them for special pricing.
Throw North Hills
Like we said before, axe throwing is dominated by national chains. But every now and then, you find a region with a local chain. Throw is one of those chains, with 6 locations spread out around the Pittsburgh and Homestead area. They give you a pretty unique experience, and have plenty of locations for you to choose from.
The fact that there’s a local chain with this many locations and no major chains is interesting. It means that they’re doing something right, so give them a toss, especially if you’re going to state college.They have a different approach to billing than most other places.
Usually you see bigger chains like Bad Axe or Bury the Hatchet charge each person by the hour, and push people towards group bookings. However, Throw charges you by the target, which is a completely new way of doing axe throwing.
Instead of paying $35 per person for throwing, you can pay $80 per target per hour, and each target holds up to 4 people. You don’t get mixed in with other groups, so throwing with your friends can be pretty cheap. Likewise, if you shell out $80 for just yourself, you pay more, but you have a whole lane to yourself.
If you’re a fan of Throw business model, but don’t have access to the North Hills location, check out their Southpointe location. It’s roughly the same business model, but serves people farther away from North Hills. They also have a few more locations throughout the area, so you can look at any of them.
Throw is ideal for a DIY approach to axe throwing. They don’t host tournaments for you, so if you’re already dedicated to learning to throw, this is the place to do it. No getting eliminated, waiting for strangers to go, or paying extra from having a smaller group.
Ace Axe Throwing
Ace is another one of the more unique ranges out there. Not only are they not a big chain like you see in most towns, they don;t have a physical location. This is one of the only mobile ranges for throwing axes in the country, making them perfect for catering events and bigger parties.
You don’t have to bring the party to the range, you can bring the range to the party. This is perfect for bigger groups, or for groups of people who may not all want to throw. It’s a great way to mix up the usual backyard barbecue.
Mastering Your Toss
Just like in our guides to San Diego axe throwing and Salt Lake City axe throwing, we just covered the top 5 ranges for indoor throwing. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, or you’re a practicing professional, check out one of these ranges for a great experience with throwing.
Throwing axes is becoming a more common pastime, just like bowling was a few decades ago. While bushcraft axes are incredibly practical, and viking axes look cool, throwing axes are just more fun. There’s nothing like sinking a sharpened axe into that wooden bullseye.
Whether you’re competitive at heart or just want a new hobby, axe throwing is a powerful sport that’s becoming a part of every day life. You may see more ranges popping up, so jump on it before these places become crowded with people trying to perfect their toss.
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