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.
At Belmar II Bowling Center, humanity and pins square off across the length of 32 glimmering lanes. In between sips, gulps, or spit-takes of beer or pop, patrons hurl weighted orbs or trash-talking competitors at defiant tensomes, re-creating the sound of rolling thunder. During cosmic bowling on Friday nights, teeth and T-shirts come creepily to life under the black lights, and drink specials keep glasses clinking. Guests can roll for a cause at periodic fundraisers for the American Cancer Society.
At 10 Pins of Trenton, families and friends send balls caroming down glossy lanes, waiting to hear the satisfying clatter of fallen pins as their teammates cheer them on from the sidelines. Onlookers can also watch the action from booths in the newly updated Classics Tavern, which offers a panoramic vantage point of every lane. Here, guests sit down for a meal or a drink, and flat screen televisions flicker with live sporting events. When kids need a break from bowling or trying to calculate scores faster than the auto system, they can escape to the onsite playroom.
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.
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.