Reviews of Cardinal Lanes Shipyard (Bowling Alley)

3907 Shipyard Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28403, United States

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As of day the business has a score of 4.3 stars out of 5 and the rating is based on 358 reviews.

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REVIEWS OF Cardinal Lanes Shipyard IN North Carolina

Charles Fite

It's a bowling alley. Good staff and well lit lanes.


I have been bowling at this place for 20+ yrs!! Love it!!


My family and I participated in the kidsbowlfree offer here this past summer. We were here several times a week. This place is clean, including the restrooms. Non smoking environment. I love that you can find a wide array of bowling balls here. I like light weight small bowling balls but I need the finger holes to be comfortable and have no problem finding them here. The people who work here are friendly and helpful. The snack bar is good. My family really enjoy the fries and cheese sticks. Check their website for the daily specials. Some days they have a DJ who takes requests and is good to be mindful about kids being present when selecting his content. This is not an updated or fancy alley. They have bumpers but they are either up or down while you bowl not automatic like I've seen at other alleys. They have a small arcade that's mostly outdated and often times many of the games are not functioning properly but they do refund if you lose a coin, and they have tickets and prizes to redeem them for. Great place for indoor fun with the family when it's too hot or rainy days.

Morgan Dell

Best place to go on the weekends

Tony Ruffino

Very old Bowling Center needs to be upgraded but adequate for bowling with the family

Chuck Sameul

Awesome place

Brandon White

Great bowling alley. Well kept and clean. Prices are great. Thanks!

tamara craddick

Everyone is very nice and they have a great pro shop but the lanes look old

Melinda McDonald

Assuming it was the manager, he helped us with a better deal for bowling and refunded some of my money when they overcharged me for food. I wasn't worried with it but it was nice they cared enough to do it.

Kevin Asbury

Love the old wooden lanes

Melissa Longnecker

Family loved it

LaToneya Sutton

The wings and fries are comforting

Arnold Smith

Really nice had file market there also bowling was fun very clean

Melanie Miller

My client was so happy to be there.. had a great time. Very fit for all ages

Sydney Rose Williams

I absolutely love this place! Great way to spend a night out with friends or family

Anita Bryant

Had a great time. We had a card for 1 free game. The place was very nice and friendly.

Josh Ward

Standard bowling alley. We normally go for kids get-togethers. They offer Lane and food packages that are good if you have a group. They have very basic bar food and a few beer taps. Again, standard bowling alley.

Cynthia Mcleod

Absolutely love it here! Friendly staff! Super quick! Good food! Very cheap!! Love coming here!!!


Fun time

Christina Snow

had lots of fun and they had open lanes on a Saturday. The food is what cost money but to actually bowl is pretty cheap. The place even has an arcade and they do serve beer.

Stoic Wray

Good lanes

Jeremiah Roussard

Very nice bowling alley, pitchers of beer for all!

Clifford Barnett

Great family environment. The alley was packed with families having fun. The service was speedy and efficient. I always have a fantastic time there.

Christine Turner

Best bowling alley in NC

Anthony C

Hanging out with my church family, tons of trash talking, I really enjoyed myself....

DeAnne Frazier

Equipment is a bit older but it wasn't crowded. Nachos were good.

brian enoch

Fun place to bowl filled with really nice people!

Dennis Chinn

It's Saturday night and we had to go to Ten Pin Alley because they close at 11:00. The guy at the counter ran out everyone to close. There were only about 18 to 20 lanes being bowled on so I guess it wasn't worth staying open. I guess from now on we won't waste our time and just head to Ten Pin Alley.

Brandon Farrow

Its fun and cheap on sunday. Is not the best well kept bowling ally, but its cheaper than some other places in area. There was a computer problem when i got there, so there was open lanes but a waiting list. The serve cheap bar food: cheese fries, burgers, hot dogs and such. Also beer is avaible.i know that business has been there for at least 30 years. Leagues through out the year. Its has seen better days but still draws a crowd. Great for parties and groups.!

ed joynt

love coming here especially in the summer, you can download the kids bowl free app and then your kids can bowl for free. the food is bowling alley food, so its good.

Michael Myers

Great place

John Fleming

Nice place. Never a wait.

Mickey Playz

Had a great time with my friends.the food is a little over priced but its ok

Chris Oxendine

Great service

Travis Mitchell

Daughter loves coming here to bowl

Tom Parisi

Excellent pro shop... Lou and his crew are terrific!! Lanes are bright and cheery.... Very well maintained and great staff

Dallas Bovair

Very fun went for Father’s Day

Karen Hunt-Maddry

Great place for birthday parties. Excellent value and lots of fun.

theresa howard

Very pleasant, clean place, family gatherings, decent food and service.

Mrs. Rhodes

Loved it. Great family place

Mary Pair

Staff was not welcoming at all

Shawn Manka

The food person got an attitude with me cause I asked where do I place the food order for the Friday deal. Then took over 1 hr to get my food. The staff cared more about talking and vaping and playing then they did about helping anybody.

Adrienne Hayes

Nice clean kid friendly works well with groups

Rachel Allen

Clean lanes but not a large ball selection and we had three of the same size balls for are Bowlers and they had to come get some because there was not enough for other Bowlers so we all had to share

Kevin Hollister

Went in found the shop I wanted and found what I wanted.

Jason Efird

Great place to go bowl

RetroReclaimations Jen Benson

Affordable family fun! The arcade/game area could use some updates however.

Lynsey T.T.

Sunday nights are the best nights to go! $$$ night is great for the family and cheap!

Pamela Kietzmann

Clean, good crowd. Food and drinks available.

Andrew Bussell

When I met my wife she was a bowler I was not now I am in love with it place to bring your family I really enjoy every time atmosphere is incredible no smoking very clean and enjoyable 20 yrs later today i am going again.. I was on a league and had lots of fun

J Chambers

Family fun, lot of different leagues, good hamburgers.

K Ivory

Welcoming and fun place. Good for adults and kids alike.

Chadrick W

Very chill atmosphere, with rock and roll for music and very affordable. Not many arcade games but they serve beer and food.

James Cole

The owners Ron & Kathy are awesome people. When you are there, they treat you like family.

Amanda Sellers

Nice lanes! Will return when we are in town next time.

Johanna Patchell

So fun even for our two year old

Gene Cox

Great staff and fun times...


Fun laid-back place. Meet some friends there and had a great time!!

Ed Sipes

I was here for the flea market they sponsor during the warmer weather. Had a great time and found lots of bargains. Nice bowling alley, too.

Marvin Tomlin

Has that home town feel and the people that run the place are awesome. It's very clean and so fun. Hasn't changed much over the years as far as looks go ,but the fun an joy the place brings increases every day though.

Dwayne Goodman

It was really nice to have came Cardinal lanes. Every one had fun

Risa Wood

It is so refreshing to go bowling-just for FUN!!! Join a No-Tap league to just have a great night out. No-Tap is when you get 9 pins down and it counts as a strike! Serious bowlers need not apply! The owner and employees are great and so is the music. There are 4 people to a team, making it a wonderful night out for the family-or friends. The icing on the cake? The owner gives back to our community by not only hiring challenged individuals, but sponsoring challenged individuals by allowing them to bowl. Wow.

Riley Olsen

Great place just a little dated

Amy Crissey

We only go to the outdoor flea market they have there in their parking lot on Saturday mornings. They do allow access to their restrooms inside the building. The restroom is clean and we'll stocked. The bowling alley area always seems busy with customers.

adam cavedo

One of the first birthdays I can remember as a child was at Cardinal Lanes. I really don't think the interior has changed much in that 30 year period. Don't get me wrong tho, I love the feel of an old bowling alley. It makes me nostalgic of the many fun games played there with friends and family. Not that you ever will, but Cardinal Lanes I hope you never change...

Michael Neubauer

Had a birthday party here for my son. They did an excellent job at taking care of us. Everything was handled perfectly. Had a great time!

Falcon Falcon

very nice place

Angie Real Estate

Very nice bowling alley. Lanes are smooth and spacious. Children friendly atmosphere. Arcade and snack bar available. Friendly staff.

Tony Hamric

Fun place to bowl with friendly staff

Lily Tompa

Wow ,great and music not too loud and new bowling b Balls holders. Nicely dercorated.

Garrick Purdie

Friendly, nice atmosphere, good food. Nice Pro Shop and advice available.

Chris Cleaver

Good family place

David Libson

Pretty good bowling alley, lanes are still wood. Approaches are in bad shape though. Great pro shop, good little snack bar. Service has been good, too.

Kori Alvarado

Great staff. Love the rock and bowl. Great prices.

Candy Jennings

I was charged $45 for an order of wings, an order of jalepeno poppers, an order of chips and 2 sweat teas. I was charged $102 for 6 games. I was given the wrong food and then given a hard time for not tipping?? When I questioned the charges the kid behind the counter was rude and condescending. At least the food was good. We won't be back.

Rachel Dalton

I come here once a week, so much fun!!

Jack Heyman

So I went to cardinal lanes to have a good time with a few folk. Normally I love the place. Very chill and fun. However this one employee on this particular day was dead set on ruining the experience for everyone, not just me. She was insulting folks ability to count tickets and snapped at customers who were doing innocuous things like looking around. She was overweight and blonde if that gives any insight. That’s no way to treat customers especially when being ablesit about those who have disabilities. She exclaimed “you guys can’t get jobs because you can’t count”. Seriously? What kind of fool would say something like that to loyal customers? People go to bowl to have fun not to do math. Get a hold of yourself you inconsiderate sad excuse for an employee. I certainly won’t be coming back anytime soon.

Ivy Floyd

Great place. Had a good time and it was a decent price for 6 people and 4 games. Only thing that needs a fix would be the arcade games. Took some of our tokens from us. But nice place!

Sonny Oliver

Great bowling alley! Good selection at snack bar, and a full service pro shop. Newer scoring tables and sceeens make it easy. Friendly staff too.

Shannon Winkler

Answer the phone! Called over and over no answer. Piss poor service

Dan Whiz

Great time, BIRTHDAY party for my daughter

olu ede

Could use some upgrade. Maybe it is a good thing. Reminds me of old bowling lanes. Enjoy my time there.

Sara Putnam

Fun time bit the place could really stand to be updated!

Terry Landrigan

Easy fun, even for untalented bowlers like me

Brian Barrow

Great place to bowl and have fun

Frank Baffa

Great place to bowl, eat, drink and have a great time.

James Graves

Great place to take the family bowling. Sunday's are $1 nachos and $1 game to bowl

Katelyn McKinney

Love to bowl? This is your place. Clean and fun!

Arthur Jones

Great place to have FUN

Susan Strode

Clean, friendly and fun

Jonathan G

Good pizza

Joseph Corbin

Great Alley. Clean restrooms, nice lanes. Good deal for groups.

elijah hilfiker

Great atmosphere and employee's

Heather Distefano

Great place

Denise Levine

Loved this place good food and fun

Mindy A

Short staffed but clean. Reasonably priced

Michael Keffer

Great music to listen to while bowling!

Jay notsure

Cardinal Lanes is a blast been going there my whole life probably the best actual Bowling Lanes in Wilmington as far as I know of. A lot more comfortable than 10

Kelly Floyd

Kids bowl free for spring and summer, all you have to do is sign up. You just have to pay for shoe rental. Great way to get the kids moving and keep cool on these hot days.

Chris Manning

It's just a fun place to chill and throw a few games

Tracey Pulice

Needs updating but otherwise it was a good night of bowling. Staff there were very attentive to the lanes.


Great family bowling center. Good staff.

Patrick Bennett

First Saturday of the month flea market is cool

Eddy Solis

Great family fun.

Lisa Jones

We like this place. Have to feed the kids prior because it is so $$ for a big family, but we have fun! I think every bowling place I've been to is perpetually stuck in the 80's and this place is no exception.

Burdette Whitaker



Outdated, but fun, it's what you make it


Awesome place for bowling. Everyone there is so kind. The pro shop is the best place to get you bowling balls and other equipment.

Lakisha Trottie

Very hard to get help. Not Enough light weight balls

Carmaria Bradley-Fenton

Had a great time it was fun and I needed it!!

Nancy Comfort

Great place to bowl amd have fun

Shanade Beharry

Ok so I'm a foreigner, never been bowling before and this place! Man...I had a bomb-ass time. It was so great! It has an 80s feel to this place that I really like, you can request songs if you REALLY REALLY want to. The service is awesome!

Catherine Aasen

The staff is the best, especially Ms. Cathy!

James Brand

My family had a blast. Sunday night bowling is definitely worth it $ 1.50 a game outstanding.

Teresa Hewett

A nice family place to have fun.

Jade Oakes

The place is fine, many people, lively atmosphere, a bit old as other people have mentioned in their reviews. There was one staff member, the one running the register by the rental shoes, who was somewhat rude to me. I saw someone else's review about an unfriendly staff member and I don't think this is the same person because she wasn't that old, maybe in her 20s or 30s. She had to repeat the lane number I was to go to because I didn't hear the first time. Then she pointed in the general direction to where it was but I still was unsure because I didn't know where to look for the lane numbers. She proceeded to tell me again but she practically yelled it at me. When I asked her where it was, she pointed again in a general direction and said "over there." I eventually found it but she never once smiled at me, not even when I went back to pay.


I was v drunk it was cool

Kayla Wood

Fun place, son had a blast both bowling and playing the arcade games.

jonna artisan

Call and check days and times for special rates and deals.

Chelsea Surgan

Cheap pricing but entire alley smells horrible. They told us they have septic issues and don't do anything to fix it. If you want to feel sick while bowling then go there otherwise find a different alley.

LaVonia Lewis

Wood lanes

Jerry Marshall

Love this place

Collin Lawrence

Bowling here is fun. If you like bowling...

Annika Ling

It's ok I am not a fan of bowling I went for a child's birthday party the food is not good and the place wasn't very clean but the kids had a lot of fun.

Katie Gibbs

LOVE this place! My husband and I bowl multiple leagues here...nice variety of food and drinks, the staff is helpful and the pro shop is amazing too for all of your equipment needs. Prices are great and the synthetic lanes with a real wood approach help you bowl your best game. Cardinal is our 2nd home, highly recommend them for a fun time!

Elizabeth Mayott-Scharf

Friendly staff, mostly clean. Bathrooms need attention.

leslie hoffman

Awesome!! Had a great time out with friends!! Tater tots and funnel fries were great!!

Jennifer Yopp

Always family fun and the food is pretty tasty

LS Henry

Great prices

Scotti Dunn

I have been coming here for over 25 years and I love it. There only complaint I have is that I wish they wouldn't let people vape in there.

Kelley Davis

Staff were very friendly and we had a great time.

Christopher Belcher

Beer, bowling, food, and friends. Checks all the boxes. Also has really good specials for night bowling.

chris lattin

Sweet wood lanes!

robert forbes

Fine & lively neighborhood bowling alley. Responsive staff & good pizza.

J Mauricio Bautista

It was fun bowling here but we noticed the bowling alleys aren't exactly leveled....

X_Patient Victim_X

Its a great friendly bowling committee and is way cheaper then practically any bowling area in Wilmington

James Jones

Great family place

Michele Braswell

Great music, food and very clean bathrooms. Staff is always friendly!

Robert Riddle

Its run down.but fun

Jay Vics

Always a good time. Have bowled in many leagues there as well and they have one for just about anyone of any skill level or age.

Ricky Hands

Very fun , family and friends oriented

Patches Manka

Really bad service. Took 50 minutes to get a pizza and beer. When we went up to check on it, the guys were rude. Terrible experience.

Deanna Quinn

Lots of fun. Plenty of lanes. Offers food and drinks. Friendly staff

Sam Brandt

Nice clean bowling ally! This place has 32 lanes which to increase the availability to avoid long lines. There was a variety of bowling balls to choose from. For $10 on Friday night you can bowel till midnight which includes a shoe rental. They also have and arcade and a bar. The staff was welcoming and attentive.

Kathi Savarese

Great place for a fun afternoon!

Kristen Burch

Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Our family always has a great time. There is s small arcade area and snack bar. They have great specials and several leagues you can join. Cardinal Lanes is a fun and family-friendly place to visit and I would recommend it for a great time.

Mark McInnis

Nice family atmosphere. Equipment works well. Friendly staff.

Mike Isibel

Could use some renovations but fair prices and the lanes are well maintained

Thomas Parisi

Great lanes, great staff!!!

Micheal Mills

Great place to bowl and meet new friends . Owner are very forthcoming with different ideas for adult and youth alike.

Braxton Lathan Williams

Love it and I like the food selection

David Rivera

Great place to hang with your closest friends and make fools of yourselves. The food is good, pizza, burgers, nachos.. I was surprised. I like to go on Sunday nights they have a special $2.50 per game per person and free shoe rentals. Try it out take the kids on some family time social adventure here so they can take a break from technology.. unless they have a a Nintendo Switch like I do and play they between bowl turns.. either way they out the house socializing in real time with tangible friends.

Randy Wilson

Had fun.

Lisa Marchant

This bowling alley is clean, friendly, and spashish. I would surely come back every time I want to Bowl.

Mermaid Teal

This past Tuesday, I brought a group of six children along with myself to this bowling alley. I loved this place so much before this experience. I got my bowling ball drilled here, it’s basically the only place I would go to bowl! However, when we arrived to the desk we were met with a very un-welcome greeting from the manager. She is an older woman named Kathy. At that time I didn’t know she was the manager. From the moment we arrived we were spoken to as if we were trash. These children are very well behaved and we didn’t have any issues while there. Her attitude was so severe that I considered leaving but didn’t because I wanted the kids to have a good time. I came back in today to file an official complaint with the boss about Kathy (in order to avoid writing a public review...). She greeted me and I asked to speak to a manager and she informed me it was her. I told her that I wanted to file an official complaint about her attitude toward us as customers. She got very defensive and tried to accuse me of being some other woman who called the other day. I was confused, I stayed calm and let her know that I want the complaint to be official. She then started giving me excuses about how she was having a bad day and then saying things like “well those kids were in the bathroom throwing water around” which wasn’t true because I was with them in the bathroom. After I told her this didn’t happen and that maybe she was thinking of someone else she finally apologized. I don’t know if this is hate or discrimination but I feel it necessary to add that these children were obviously Jewish (different from everyone else) because of their attire and the boys wearing not only yarmulkes but also tzitzits. I also want to add that she was not only rude to me and us as a group but also each time a child went up alone to buy a drink or snack they were treated poorly as well. By the end of the visit they were terrified to go up to the desk for anything. We spent over $65 there and were still treated like trash. This is not a family friendly environment. Unfortunately, I now have to find a new bowling alley to visit.

Alex Ryan

Went for cosmic bowling on a Monday night and it was a blast. It was like bowling in a club. Best DJ ive ever heard and young fun crowd.

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