Thunderbird Lanes of Manahawkin

Thunderbird Lanes of Manahawkin

  Name: Thunderbird Lanes of Manahawkin  
  Address: 640 East Bay Avenue  
  City: Manahawkin  
  State: NJ  
  Zip: 08050  
  Phone: (609) 978-9300  
  Lanes: 24  
  Lane Type: Wood  
  Pro Shop: No  
  Food: None  
How Does Thunderbird Lanes of Manahawkin Rate?
Votes:    63
Lanes: Actual Value is 3.3Actual Value is 3.3Actual Value is 3.3Actual Value is 3.3
Food: Actual Value is 1.8Actual Value is 1.8
Price: Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2Actual Value is 3.2
Fun: Actual Value is 3.6Actual Value is 3.6Actual Value is 3.6Actual Value is 3.6
Overall: Actual Value is 3.3Actual Value is 3.3Actual Value is 3.3Actual Value is 3.3
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Thunderbird Lanes of Manahawkin Comments
Comment Date: 10/22/2014 Name: Bowler
Thunderbird said they would add more lanes in which they did but replace them with synthetic wood lanes is a thing of the past and whatever happen to that snackbar oh yeah forgot you ran out of money just keep adding kids games and vending machines no pro shop I rather go to ocean lanes and thunderbird how bout getting new screens and pins your pins are fixed we all know you add sand to them also getting chairs from a alley that was closing down real cheap also new keyboards to put names in

Comment Date: 4/23/2014 Name: eS
This house is good but not great. (Its certainly better than TB Wrightstown; don’t get me started!!!) Games are expensive (no specials) and the old-style computer keypads at first refused to work. (I normally am able to work them without a problem) They should’ve upgraded to a newer system, not just the monitors. Plus the alleys, though they seem to score ok, they are in TERRIBLE condition (Wrightstown is even worse)- in fact it seems the lanes added on (low side) look even worse than the 16 original lanes. Who knows when they’d last been resurfaced. (Ocean, Lakewood, and Toms River leave TB in the dust lane-wise). And though upgrading to synthetic lanes usually is the answer, there ARE some good wooden lanes still around. Case in point, Strike Zone Egg Harbor has the BEST maintained wood lanes in all South Jersey. In addition to regular resurfacing (as far as I know those lanes were pretty much always well maintained), they also replace boards as necessary and it would behoove both TB houses to do likewise, if they INSIST on keeping the wood.

Comment Date: 8/28/2010 Name: sk8ersbus1
This bowling alley is pretty good. the expansion looks great, though i kinda wish they replaced the wood lanes with synthetics instead of adding more wood. (more cost effective) They’re upgrading the scoring monitors but not the actual system. The carpet is nice and place is overall pretty clean. My only complaint is its expensive (very few if any specials, which are at very bad times like sundays when i’d rather be in church) and (especially on lane 12) the balls were getting stuck constantly. No damage, thank God, but its a nuisance. There were only 2 working and can be hard to track down if theres a problem. Also, if u have to push reset, DO NOT use the button on ball return. Instead do it on computer, so it doesn’t mess up ur score. There is no snack bar, and currently there’s not much of a pro shop. Just misc supplies at counter.
Other than that Thunderbird is great and i got a 220 which is my highest score in MANY years!!!!! So though its expensive its worth it!!! check it out!!!

Comment Date: 7/28/2010 Name: 🙂
Ashley you are probably the dumbest person I have ever met! Go back to school idiot! Anyway, the bowling alley is great. Service was fine and will return soon!

Comment Date: 1/29/2010 Name: Don’t worry about my name
Ashley truly has problems. Instead of giving a huge misspelled lecture on how people are poor, you should just leave your review of the place and go back to English class because your grammar and spelling skills are terrible! Being on your I-Phone has nothing to do with grammar trouble. Anyway, the renovations to the place are great and service is excellent. Not to mention the prices are decent. Highly reccommend this bowling alley!!!

Comment Date: 8/2/2009 Name: DAnn loves the beach
Thunderbird lanes has always provided our family with a pleasant bowling experience on a rainy day at the jersey shore. We were so impressed the first time we stepped inside 3 years ago and realized how updated the interior was. In driving past recently we noticed they have now done a wonderful job giving the exterior a face lift. My guess is that they have the whole package going for them now!! Love it there!

Comment Date: 7/16/2009 Name: bowler
the place looks awesome now new flooring new lanes new pinsetters new everything 24 lanes now woo

Comment Date: 3/15/2009 Name: never mind 😛
somebody answer me these questions (i’m not from the area). are the lanes still wood or are the new added alleys synthetic? did they replace the old original pinsetters or did they put old ones on the new lanes? just curious. i bet it looks good, and their bucking the trend by adding new alley beds as oppose to places closing down. thats good

Comment Date: 1/23/2009 Name: Kristie Dobias
I have to disagree with the neg.comments made on behalf of Thunderbird Lanes. i had worked there and the owners are the nicest bosses anyone could have as well as very for the interior i think the Davis Family has done a great job considering what the place looked like when they purchased the place…and to see how much they have grown guess they cant be really doing a horrible job if they got money to renovate the place to satisfy u unhappy customers ..high five to the Davis family keep up the great work i usually pop in every now and again see u soon Kristie

Comment Date: 12/26/2008 Name: Anonymous
I am going to go bowling at Thunderbird lanes tonight with some of my friends. I like bowling for Wii. I really also like the film The Dark Knight. I want to give a good review and I am going to be drinking many drinkies while I throw a ball ball at Klinky Dinks.

Comment Date: 12/14/2008 Name: hegs
First let me comment that a bowling alley is just that. I would not expect one to be extremely clean. Thunderbird Lanes is your typical bowling alley. Let’s face it, it’s what you make of it. We always have a good time there. The staff has never made us feel anything but welcome.
If you’re looking for special attention and an extremely clean atmosphere, expect to pay high prices at an upscale racquetball facility. Thunderbird Lanes delivers fun, good service, and reasonable fees!

Comment Date: 9/21/2008 Name: Mom of 2
Had my son’s party here a few years ago. Not nearly as bad as people are saying. Yes, the place is really old, but the staff is nice. And most importantly, the kids had a blast. Was well worth the money.

Comment Date: 9/16/2008 Name: Concerned Citizen
I would like to comment on the comment below by Ashley Mays on 2/19/2008 as well as everyone else who has submitted a comment as well as the town of Manahawkin. First of all, Ashley, the next time that you send something out on your “IPHONE” you should do a spell check. For those of you who mentioned the conditions of the bowling alley, I thank you for getting that type of info out to anyone who has never been there as well as letting the owner know what people think of the condition of his place. I also think that when people are in a customer service type of position they should treat their customers with respect & welcome people to their business. And last, for the township of Manahawkin to allow a public (family style) gathering place to be in such a condition is unacceptable. I have noticed that there have been less & less places for families &/or children to go to without having to leave the community & there have been more & more homes as well as shopping areas built in our town.

Comment Date: 9/15/2008 Name: Nancy
We were just there on Friday night. Well to start with the person at the front desk was rude (we felt like we were bothering her asking her for a lane); the lanes kept breaking down; the bowl return was burning up (rubber burning); first bowl down the alley got stuck; the dirty mouths on the teenagers was disgusting; there was holes in the ceiling; part of the ceiling was falling down. Overall rating of this place was a ZERO.

Comment Date: 9/15/2008 Name: Dave
Good luck with the renovations. By now it should be done…no? I remember the story in the APP. Was a good write up. I bowled there years ago when I was a junior bowler with some friends that lived in the area. Can’t wait to visit again.

Comment Date: 2/19/2008 Name: Ashley Mays
thunderbird lanes is an awsome place to bowl it has good service and I was well helped when my ball got stuck and that night they were so busy I wasn’t going to get there help but I do and they came to my service quickly. Thunderbird lanes is an awsome place for family fun and not to mention today I might to there today with my family. Maybe you people an think thunderbird lanes is a dump should appreciate the fact that you have money I bowl and a place to bowl because there are many poor people out there who ant to bowl but can’t bowl because they dos not have any money and they are living on the streets. Also people who get mad that they have to wait in those long lines for the snack machines,there are many people who woqild die to gets in that line because they have been starving for days. Also people who complain about the service there should just wait there turn because you people have such tempers omg. Anyway I read aloe of your reviews and I can’t believe that you people caould say such horrkible things about something slot of people xdont have and thatcpeoplw can’t afford. Excuse me forthe mispelling of words and word mess ups but I’m on my iPhone an d its hard to type on here’s.

Comment Date: 1/5/2008 Name: john
fun place to bowl! cant wait to see the renovations!

Comment Date: 1/5/2008 Name: Matt Davis (owner)
For your info we are renovating and expanding, adding 8 lanes, upgrading exterior, and bathrooms. The whole project is worth around 1.5 million. The renovations will start anyday!! Ground breaking ceremonies will be in local papers. Thanks you Stafford Twp. for all your help and approvals. The project will be done this summer. Come see for yourself!!!
Matt Davis

Comment Date: 3/21/2007 Name: Mike
Not the best place around. Fairly clean. Rates are average. Pro(?) is a cocky jerk.

Comment Date: 3/12/2007 Name: gary
Dump! Rude employees! Pro? Knows nothing! Filthy restrooms!

Comment Date: 2/22/2007 Name: Ryan
Thunderbird Is not the best place to bowl they have never added anything new exepct new wood on the lanes and i bowl at this place on a sat league.
All i want here is them to get a snack bar get a few more lanes in this place

Comment Date: 2/21/2006 Name: sk8board dude
Inside the place looks fantastik!!!(like “Fantastik” cleaner spray)

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