Thao Haas and his son Justin so loved paintball that they used to spend hours every Sunday driving from their home to the nearest paintball field. Until the day they decided they could do better. The father and son team spent hundreds of hours compiling lists of what they liked and disliked about each of the fields they frequented, picking and choosing only the best features for what would become Legends Paintball.
Originally a single field on a wooded lot, staff celebrated when the parking lot was paved in 2010, marking the beginning of a major expansion. Today, the original location in The Woodlands sprawls across 12 acres of land, populated by six paintball courses and an admin building with a paint storage facility, which is temperature controlled to preserve paintball quality and taste. On-deck players and observers stay protected from the hot sun under covered staging and picnic areas, while a sky loft givesnon-playing family members a good view of the action on the airball fields. The newly opened satellite location—Legends Tactical—offers even more paintball play spread across a 16 acres, and also features airsoft play.
M2 Sports supplies adrenaline seekers the skills and gear to temper waves, powder, or concrete. M2's snowboarding division carries name-brand planks from brands such as Forum and Lib Tech, as well as all colors and styles of snow-ready gear. A Smith Holt men's snow helmet ($89.99) protects the brain’s ever-expanding library of memorized zip codes, and Volcom Believer men's snow gloves ($109.99) keep hands from making skin-to-snow contact. Skate enthusiasts can peruse an exhaustive array of decks, long boards, and protective gear, tuning out chatty crossing guards with Skullcandy’s iCon 2 on-ear headphones ($29.95), whose headbands are lined with rubber grips to prevent slips midride. M2 also equips wakeboarders with name-brand gear from Ronix and Hyperlite, and fosters future enthusiasts through lessons and summer wake camp held at a private lake.
Waterpoint Marina is part of a 17-acre entertainment complex that sits on the edge of Lake Conroe. Guests of the marina can explore local waterways by renting a boat slip or boat, including a 42' open air yacht that holds up to 35 guests and an 80' party barge known as the Little Palm. The posh vessel can hold up to 80 partygoers and is set up with sound systems and portable heaters to keep guests and airborne dolphins warm on the upper deck terrace. Next to the harbor is a boardwalk lined with souvenir shops, seafood restaurants, and fishing spots.
Twisted Paintball lets slip the dogs of nonlethal war across five distinct fields, each outfitted with different obstacles and forms of cover. Customers outfit themselves with a mask for protection before equipping an electronic rental marker with 3,000-psi compressed air tanks that hurl paintballs with the accuracy of a professional pitcher aiming at a dunk tank. The five fields span the drained banks of nearby Crystal Creek as well as its surrounding wooded terrain, although four of them are within a 30-second jaunt of the rest area.
Big Tex Tree Nurseries grows and maintains an assortment of trees and plants ready to be picked out, delivered, and plopped in soil. The knowledgeable staff helps customers find outdoor furnishings ranging from 15-gallon trees (starting at $19.99) to box trees (starting at $79.99), ideal for creating natural shade or supporting one-half of a hammock. Lawn-lovers can also accent their yards with smaller ornaments such as shrubs (starting at $1.99) and flowers (starting at $1.99). Patrons trying to decorate their yard can work with Big Tex's staff to design an aesthetically pleasing pattern, and for an additional fee (varies upon location), customers can have their purchases delivered and planted in their yard or their neighbor's pool.