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In the 1998 remake of Godzilla, a mutant lizard famously destroyed Manhattan—and at Hollywood Sports, visitors can do the same. The 23-acre sports center's paintball fields are each designed to mimic sets from classic movies, ranging from Godzilla to Saving Private Ryan; as they battle with their rented markers, paintball players live out their own twist on those film's battle scenes. Matches occur day and night thanks to the fields' stadium-style lights, which also ensure no one finds themselves in a shootout with a really aggressive bat. In addition to paintball, the park hosts other sports—rock-climbing walls, beach volleyball courts, and BMX racing tracks complement the movie-themed battlefields.

9030 Somerset Blvd
Bellflower,
CA
US

When Sunny Williamson’s son couldn’t find a satisfactory airsoft facility, his father decided to create one for him. Opened in 2006, Tac City Airsoft has since expanded to two indoor airsoft facilities totaling more than 60,000-square feet. Under the watchful eye of refs, players duke it out in the Fullerton field’s fully enclosed quarters filled with wooden walls and labyrinthine hallways or the semi-outdoor space in El Monte littered with barrels and haystacks. Personnel update the fields every few months to keep repeat guests on their toes as they compete in scenarios such as capture the flag and follow-up games of set the flag free. In lieu of combatting with Tac City Airsoft’s fully automatic M4 rentals, visitors can purchase their own weapons and gear at the pro-shop.

2430 Artesia Ave
Fullerton,
CA
US

At first glance, the area looks abandoned. A trickling creek makes the only noise, carving past the trees and empty buildings that fill an ancient tribal village. But the airsoft player isn't fooled. He knows his opponent is out there somewhere, lurking behind a tree-trunk or camouflaged within some tall grass. It doesn't take long for a small, plastic BB to come whizzing over his right shoulder. The competition is on.

Setting is everything at Jericho Airsoft Park. Its four themed airsoft fields—including the Recon Ruins field described above—transport players into combat trenches, military bases, and uninhabited jungles. The outdoor terrain sets the stage for games of close-quarter, simulation combat. Friendly battles unfold amid the bunkers of the military-themed Firebase and within the twisted tunnels of the Trenches field, the park's largest competition area. But despite their appearance, these outdoor areas are not ungoverned wastelands. All players must wear safety gear and adhere to a strict set of rules, including calling every hit and giving nearby opponents the opportunity to surrender.

Occasionally, the rumbling sounds of authentic military vehicles also fill the park, and they take players from field to field. Other special events occur throughout the year. On Halloween, for example, the cries of the undead spill over bunkers and hilltops as players battle zombies, who everyone knows can only be defeated by tiny, plastic orbs.

14881 Temescal Canyon Road
Lake Elsinore,
California
US