On 35 acres in Port St. Lucie, youth groups, businessmen, birthday parties, and paintball enthusiasts gather to play rousing games at InVINCibles Paintball Park. Forts, bunkers, sniper towers, and a Sikorsky helicopter shelter players as they dash from obstacle to obstacle, bonding with friends or hiding from a pet cat who just developed opposable thumbs. Invincibles Paintball Park offers woodsball, speedball, hyperball, air-soft, and rec ball, with a full pro shop onsite to rent out paint, air refills, safety gear, and Tippmann Custom 98 markers.
Hot Shots Paintball’s 20 acres of sprawling terrain play host to paint slingers dashing around ten outdoor fields during adrenaline-pumping speedball, woodsball, and scenario games. Strewn with tires, a maze of plywood walls, and even an old bus, the fields conceal players from advancing enemies and stealth bombers migrating south for the winter. After epic battles, the onsite pro shop plies players with extra field-paint ammunition. Paintballing friends can also plan fun paintball-team events, birthday parties, and corporate outings for effective team-building exercises that don’t involve gluing the sales staff to people in marketing.
Paintballs and airsoft ammo whiz through the air across East Coast Extreme Inc.'s 8 acres of simulated battlegrounds. On wooded fields, forest canopies cast shadows over paintball players as they weave through tree trunks, duck into ditches, and launch more acrylic salvos than a frustrated cartoonist. Elsewhere, splatterless ammo fires across 2 acres of airsoft fields. East Coast Extreme Inc.'s pro shop helps players stock up for these friendly battles. Its rich blue walls enclose a sea of airsoft and paintball gear, including guns with flashlights and laser scopes as well as safety gear.
Bang! Whiz! Yes, the sounds you'll hear at Hurricane Paintball Park are a lot like the ones you'll see in a comic book. That's because the action is just as fierce as geared-up groups storm into opposing-team territory in hopes of being the last ones standing. Castles, forts, and three-story towers pepper the 14-acre battlefield here, adding color and obstacles to this brand of simulated urban battleground. While tracking foes or trying to check off open spots on their bird-watching lists, competitors can use the open terrain to their advantage in lots of ways. Some may duck beneath fallen trees, dive behind stacks of rusty barrels, or seize buildings to take control of their vantage points. The fierce competition is open to all sharp shooters age 10 and older, whether for recreation, birthday parties, or corporate gatherings.
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.