A trip to the paintball field is the only way to treat an itchy trigger finger, outside of expensive rash creams or firing a water gun carved from a cactus. Scratch the itch for vengeance with today's Groupon: for $18, you get a paintball outing at Three Rivers Paintball Park in Freedom (up to a $35 value). The park is open for public games on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The rental package includes:
- All-day admission
- Marker and ammo-pod rental
- 200 paintballs
- Unlimited CO2
Three Rivers Paintball Park's paint-splattered battlefield encourages warriors to duck and dodge throughout wooded terrain as they attempt to tag opponents with colorful projectiles. Armed with a rented Tippmann 98 semiautomatic marker, each paint-slinging foot soldier can hide behind wooden barricades, castles, and vehicular wreckage while participating in epic games of woodsball, commonly known as Capture the Flag or Please, Give Me the Flag. Squads face off in 15- to 20-minute contests officiated by a referee to ensure games follow fair rules and appropriate safety precautions.
Goggles, which are not included in the rental package, are available for rental onsite ($5) and purchase ($10), and troops who run out of ammo during the day can purchase additional paintballs ($7 for 100, $30 for 500). Walk-ins are welcome, but the park recommends that paintballers make reservations ahead of time so that they can properly accommodate everyone and equip each player with a paint-shooting helicopter.
Though Three Rivers Paintball Park sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Three Rivers Paintball
In the distance, the thump of discharged weapons can be heard. Spires of a castle loom over the tree tops, and as the platoon approaches, a hail of fire fells three of them. As those hit trudge off the field and wipe the paint from their goggles, the rest of their team makes a hasty retreat only to assault the position from a different angle. These tense moments occur daily at Three Rivers Paintball. More than 70 acres of wooded battlefield sports crashed airplanes, broken down tanks, and large-scale fortresses. The staff also hosts airsoft battles, with scenarios reenacting battles from history such as World War II or Napoleon's thumb wars. A full-service pro shop carries traditional paintball equipment needed to wage nonlethal war.