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.
As they race across five different fields, paintballers at Twisted Paintball might find cover behind the walls of a giant fort, under an old car, or behind piled-up tractor tires. But there's one thing they're not likely to encounter: major puddles. Because the field lies on the banks of Crystal Creek, it drains so quickly that play never has to stop due to rainy weather.
While players may not need rain boots, they'll still want to pick up other equipment from the field's rental house. After outfitting themselves with a mask for protection, players use 3000-psi compressed air tanks that shoot paintballs with the speed and accuracy of a mathematician doing times tables.
Sculpted onto 55 acres of sprawling plains, including 6 acres dedicated solely to paintball, Oil Ranch entertains visiting families with farm activities, play areas, miniature golf, and paintball areas. The working ranch's friendly staff curates a barnyard full of animals, allowing guests to run their hands through a sheep's soft wool or learn how to milk a chicken. The cheery red-and-blue engine of the OIL Express train chugs around Lake Buenas Noches with passengers in tow, while a green John Deere tractor carts around the hayride wagon. Other activities include a summertime swimming pool, catch-and-release fishing in Lake Buenas Noches, mini golf, and a maze.
Also nestled within the ranch's grounds is a full paintball facility, where varied fields pit groups against each other in friendly clashes of chromaticity. On each field, competitors dive behind mobile cover such as large wooden spools, barrels, and crates, enacting countless tactical situations. All participants must sign waivers don masks, and really, really promise to not stare into the barrels of their own markers before entering the field.
The 5J Extreme Sports facility is a 40-acre park of exhilaration, where paintball and airsoft opponents suddenly leap out from behind giant spools, towering wooden walls, and imposing trees. Players dart across the multiple, diverse playing courses, ducking into forts and scampering across fields. The course selection includes concept fields and wooded courses, as well as speedball setups. During paintball games, eco-friendly, water-based paintballs fly through the air, while during airsoft games, the paintballs and markers are replaced by professional BBs and airsoft rifles. In addition to parties and team practices, the facility plays host to regular paintball tournaments and scenarios.
Paintballs whisper through the air, splattering against castle walls and trees on 10 distinct fields at TxR Paintball. Shouts from teammates drift among obstacles on courses simulating a submarine or a pipe-strewn oil field, and different game strategies encourage players to fire at one another, capture a rival's flag, or protect their clothesline before a job interview. Each game is refereed by an official versed in the game's intricacies, keeping the sessions fair, safe, and friendly.
Outside of normal weekend play, the facility offers 8- and 26-hour scenario games, which submerges players in battles from famous movies or video games. Safely out of the range of the biodegradable projectiles, patrons at a fully stocked snack bar swap war stories or excuses for having a bag full of white flags.
Tank’s Paintball Park ensures safe battles for beginner and advanced gunsmiths with referees certified by the World Paintball Federation, safety briefings, netting around the fields, and thorough marker testing before each round. After snipers strap on protective gear, Tank's constantly evolving fields host play with frequent upgrades that generate new experiences for returning clientele and prevent debilitating battle flashbacks. A covered staging area accommodates more than 100 visitors between sessions with comfy chairs and benches as well as concessions and a snow cone stand for pregame or postgame energy boosts. Back at the headquarters, Tank’s pro shop stocks players' arsenals with paintball essentials such as goggles and vests that allow fearless ambushes and midbattle fashion shows.