Hyper tubing and barrels surround an empty school bus in the centre of one of Sherkston Paintball's four woodland fields, while a two-storey tower stands tall among a huddle of lower-slung structures in another. Players can navigate through medium to thick brush in the aptly named Brush Field, or ambush the Attack & Defend field's 100-foot-long fort, which hinders blitzes with walls reaching more than nine feet and a tower missing a princess with scalable hair. Alternately, bunkers are the only obstruction on a new speedball field that's surrounded by a seating area for spectators.
Along with outdoor bouts every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year, Sherkston Paintball hosts annual events and tournaments including an epic Trailer Park Boys-themed battle. Players can also get the most up-to-date gear at the fully-stocked, on site pro-shop.
Holland Paintball Adventure Park pits sharp-shooting teams against each other on three outdoor fields, each woven into the area’s clusters of trees and thickets. The trio of battlegrounds—Sherwood, Shipwrecked, and Ava’s Lookout—present various manmade and natural bunkers, shields, and bulwarks. As players duck and dive through those unique setups, they can participate in games, such as capture the flag or zombie apocalypse—a faceoff between humans and a designated group of zombies equipped with extra lives.
John Johnson and his brothers, Ben and Kirk, started Running Wild Paintball Inc. & Laser Tag when they were still in their teens. Today, the business includes five paintball fields where kids and adults can face off amid trees, a stream, and both natural and handmade bunkers. One field even has a western-style ghost town with a store, a jail, a mine, and a church.
While paintball and Airsoft guns launch tangible projectiles, laser tag players politely take down opponents with beams of light. Additionally, Johnson can repair ailing paintball guns—he’s one of only a few certified master airsmiths in the country.
Paintballs and BBs whiz through the air across Buffalo Battleground's 13,000-square-foot indoor area, where opponents snipe enemies from behind obstacles or engage them head-on with wide-open barrages. Although the action can get intense, the staff takes every precaution to keep guests safe. Before arming them with their choice of shotgun, pistol, or assault rifle, the staff outfits guests with full-face protection and limits the velocity of ammo to 351 feet-per-second.
Operation Milsim Paintball equips sharpshooters for four hours of weekend walk-on play on its 10 acres of outdoor fields. Pretend-mercenaries of all skill levels arm themselves with premium markers, air tanks, masks, and hot air balloon exit strategies before charging onto three fields dubbed TacTown, Bush, and OAS. There, players evade pigment-projectiles as they dodge behind stacks of tires, plywood structures, and abandoned cars, while referees maintain clean, safe games in adherence to Operation Milsim's rules and regulations. Visitors can restock their paintball palettes for an additional cost ($40 for 500 rounds) and check out the company's FAQs before arrival to enhance their experiences.
NVP Paintball houses healthy competition within 15,000 square feet of indoor arena space at the Rochester location and both indoor and outdoor fields at the Syracuse location. The turf-covered playing fields obstruct easy shots with giant inflatable obstacles. Trained refs monitor all the action, including walk-on play, private parties, and high-noon duels. Elsewhere in the facility, a pro shop vends paintball necessities and the latest gear.