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Needham Bowlaway

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Old school candlepin

This is a hidden gem. You’ll have to search for the number on the doo but once you’re inside m... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2018
Millis, Massachusetts
via mobile
Cozy, fun atmosphere for bowling

Just to warn you; at first, you will not think it's a bowling alley. The sign is not that obvious... read more

Reviewed October 9, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
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  • Average4%
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Jan 13, 2018
“Old school candlepin”
Oct 9, 2017
“Cozy, fun atmosphere for bowling”
Boston's Oldest Bowling Alley! The Needham Bowlaway features Candlepin Bowling, True New England Bowling. Candlepin Bowling is only found in New England and the Canadian Maritimes. A unique Boston experience you just can't miss! The Needham Bowlaway...more
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16 Chestnut St, Needham, MA 02492-2502
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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

This is a hidden gem. You’ll have to search for the number on the doo but once you’re inside m, the first sign you see says “Yes, this is the bowling alley”. It’s downstairs from the street and not too big. The guy at the...More

Thank jcmccain17
Reviewed October 9, 2017

Just to warn you; at first, you will not think it's a bowling alley. The sign is not that obvious and you first have to go down stairs which might make some people hesitant. But once you go down, you will have lots of fun....More

Thank DespinaKa
Reviewed June 11, 2017

8 candlepin lanes (bumpers if you want 'em) in the basement of the building next to Harvey's Hardware. "Disco bowling" going on when we visited today (Sunday) just after lunch, but not so loud that you can't have a conversation. We were told that they...More

Thank Northern_Traveler00
Reviewed March 14, 2017

This is a blast from the past with updates. It's a candlepin bowling alley with a disco ball and dayglo decor. Kids love the special bumpers that keep out gutter balls. There's digital scoring and fun for adults, too. It's a small place in the...More

Thank Naomi W
Reviewed January 18, 2017

This place has been here forever and is still the same as I remember it from when I was in Elementary school. They do a great job with birthday parties and its a lot cheaper than Kings for a family to bowl on a normal...More

1  Thank cliff2026
Reviewed July 25, 2016

Took family who were visiting from out of town. A great way to pass the time with family of multiple ages. They were uses to regular tenpin, so this novel experience was great fun for them. And the light balls are easier for older folks.

1  Thank stevendsauter
Reviewed March 15, 2016

My daughter bowled at Needham Bowlaway 25 years ago. We often went there as it was one of the best activities for kids in town. Now, all these years later, I take her three children here to bowl. Its still great fun for the kids...More

1  Thank Ehad2
Reviewed February 24, 2016

I had never done this kind of bowling - small balls, different scoring. But great for the younger kids. We had a great afternoon. Nothing fancy here and small place. We got lost trying to find it - not very well marked. Reasonably priced and...More

1  Thank Kay A
Reviewed February 17, 2016

This is a fun place to go with a small group as it is quite small. It's not fancy and there is no food sold here but it's still fun. I believe you can have birthday parties here as well. There is a soda and...More

1  Thank bridget123goatgmail
Reviewed November 18, 2015

We tried the candlepin bowling at Needham Bowlaway for the first time this past weekend and realized we'd been missing out on a great opportunity for family fun. With the lighter ball, affordable pricing and friendly staff, everyone in the family was able to have...More

1  Thank David_T_Zarraga
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