Before the discovery of bowling, hunter-gatherer recreation consisted of knocking down rows of captive sloths with mastodon gallstones. Enjoy an evolved form of entertainment with today's deal: for $5, you get three games of bowling and shoe rental at Thunderbird Lanes in Troy (up to a $14.25 value). Get up to seven Groupons to start a new hobby or to keep your hardened bowler skills from rusting.
With its dazzling Friday-night music and light show, Thunderbird Lanes is a multi-faceted treat to the senses, especially the sense of bowling. The gleaming, colorful alley boasts 46 lanes of 10-pin pleasure, complete with bumpers that automatically spring up for selected players, so aimless beginners can share a game with straight shooters. Automatic scoring machines save players from the cumbersome activity of math, and a well-stocked snack shop refuels their weary soul-sacks.
Like leaf color and the appropriateness of wearing short shorts, Thunderbird Lanes' hours and rates change with the seasons, giving each game a value of $1.99–$3.75, depending on time and season. Slap a pair of rental shoes ($3) on your eager dogs and grab a lane next Friday night for weekly Rock 'N' Bowl glow bowling, a visual experience akin to Terry Gilliam's Brazil, but with less symbolic ductwork.
Reservations are not required but are recommended on the weekends. Lanes are subject to availability.
Yahoo! Locals give Thunderbird Lanes three five-star reviews:
Thunderbird Lanes gives families and friends a clean, well-lit modern bowling alley where they can bond over 7–10 splits, food, and arcade games. Leagues for men, women, kids, and seniors get bowlers of all skill levels out of the house to engage in some friendly competition, and cash-prize tournaments incorporate creative rules such as mulligans and bonus points for strikes. The facility's bartenders keep patrons well hydrated, pouring frothy brews and bubbly pop, and snacks such as pizzas help to build boulder-chucking strength. Thunderbird Lanes also offers custom party packages for company events and birthdays.