Players at Lehigh Valley Paintball wage simulated war across a variety of battlefields, choosing from a variety of play styles on both speedball and woodsball fields. The staff can also customize markers with engravings or leather wristbands, useful for proudly showing team affiliations, graphic designs, or helping identify guns that have escaped.
An armored military truck rumbles around a bend into yet another stretch of dark woods. Something within the trees glows, catching swaying branches in the light. Or are those swaying bodies? Suddenly, hordes of undead monsters charge out of the woods, attacking the truck. The only thing to do is aim, shoot, and repeat. Welcome to Lehigh Valley Zombies, an interactive apocalypse.
Escorting visitors in trucks and arming them with paintball guns, the event's organizers then drive out into the woods, where they're met with special effects lighting and roving zombies. Passengers pick off the attackers with paintballs before they reach the truck. The fast-paced fun combines thrilling action with horror, and the trail holds plenty of surprises. Much like in real life, the zombies don't fire back, though each acting shambler stays safe with a mask that is equal parts protective and horrifying. Back at basecamp, victorious guests enjoy campfires, food, and other forms of seasonal fun.
Stacked logs, stumps, and tangled thickets make good hiding spots—or are they obstacles? Clad in camouflage and goggles, players navigate that question while stalking the woods at The Paintball Asylum. They grasp paintball guns during color-splattering rounds of the game, which resembles a grittier Capture the Flag. Extra supplies for the matches are available at The Paintball Asylum's pro shop, and the space accommodates birthday and bachelor parties, as well as corporate team-building events.
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When paintballers feel ready for action but aren't sure where they'd like to do battle, they point their browsers to www.paintballpromos.com. There they'll find packages for nearby paintball fields, so they don't have to litter their own backyards with empty oil barrels and fill tiny water balloons with tempera paint. Packages usually include the rental of a marker and mask; paintballs and air fills are an extra charge at the field.
Teams clad in protective goggles scatter into a mountain field thick with laurel, rhododendron, and brier as they seek cover, their markers locked and loaded. Hearing paintballs whiz through the brush, a player dives into prone position. Adjusting her goggles after colliding with the ground, the combatant freezes, notices the silhouette of a whitetail deer crouched in the brush just yards away, and lets down her guard long enough to appreciate the moment before taking new aim.
At Pocono Mountain Paintball, players step onto 12 fields—including three scenario fields—ranging from untouched natural terrain to 1,700 feet of trenches and sandbag bunkers. To maximize players' game time, Pocono's staff maintains a reservation system that limits the fields to 100 players per day. Further touches include camouflage overall rentals, an online FAQ with participant advice, and changing rooms with hot showers so players can spruce up before meeting Mom for a post-game debriefing. Pocono's crew also coordinates rafting, biking, and kayaking packages through partner company Whitewater Rafting Adventures.