Wood-paneled walls and traditional pub décor surround diners and dart tossers in the dining areas of both Ford Lanes and Bel-Mark Lanes. The classic facilities host an array of gleaming, professional lanes that boast automatic scoring and are perfect for a night of cosmic bowling or chucking an ex-girlfriend’s snow-globe collection. Both alleys maintain open hours for groups and practicing individuals, and they also offer leagues for adults, seniors, and children. Each weekend, the pin-crushing arenas host karaoke contests, welcoming the musical talent of community members.
During cosmic bowling hours, Cherry Hill Lanes comes to life in choreographed displays of swirling, neon lights. And when the house lights come back up, the lanes host more traditional offerings such as open bowl sessions and leagues for adults and children. New balls, towels, or shoes from the Strikes & Trophies ProShop improve players games, as do snacks from the on-site Up Your Alley Grill . Beyond bowling, Cherry Hill Lanes keeps competitors entertained with billiards, darts, and an arcade that operates on coins instead of wishes.
The independently owned Community Bowling Centers accommodate bowlers of all ages and abilities, featuring bumper-equipped lanes and lightweight balls designed for the hands of pintsize players. At 10 smoke-free locations throughout the region, guests enjoy open hours in addition to league opportunities and special events. The onsite bar serves ice-cold cups of soda or beer, which guests may raise in toasts to friendship and man's ability to hydrate himself. On select evenings, the alley lights turn down and the ethereal illumination of Glow N Bowl takes over with laser-light shows and fog machines. As balls roll down phosphorescent lanes, a sound track of thumping beats and alien distress calls saturates the space.
The 48 synthetic lanes, each outfitted with wood approaches and automatic scoring, at Taylor Lanes bear a professional touch. From 1985 to 2009, the Professional Bowlers Association made at least one stop per year at Taylor Lanes, including the PBA World Championship. During open bowling held throughout the week, it's just as likely to find families and amateurs polishing their game on the synthetic alleys. And every Saturday from noon until 5 p.m., the lights go down, the glow lights flare up, and bowlers compete during cosmic bowling to see who can knock down the most pins or spot the most cat hair on their white t-shirts.
The fun, friendly, family-owned Oak Lanes extends a clean environment for pin punishers of all ages and abilities. Bring a friend, significant other, or an out-of-work pitching machine to get in some ball-tossing practice on one of the alley's lanes, on which league-level pros and idle hobbyists trade tips on follow-throughs and limericks about Walter Ray Williams Jr. An expansive lounge and two service bars allow for detailed strategy meetings before and after play, with six TVs to keep eyes entertained while tootsies unwind and bowling balls resume their day jobs fashioning serving wear for soup. Open bowling is available every day. Call ahead for lane schedules.
A family-friendly bowling emporium, Plaza Lanes welcomes alley cats of all ages and skill levels to enjoy cathartic rounds of pin-crushing seven days a week. For two exhilarating games, subtle-soled rollers take to the lanes in a cacophonous display of sporting prowess, showing off spares, strikes, and the occasional victory waltz. Sentient scoreboards keep points automatically tallied, helping to prevent unfortunate pencil mustache mishaps. Customers can also lace up during weekend glow bowling, when the alley transforms into a frenetic glow-in-the-dark oasis.