When Mike "Pev" Peverill’s teamed up with his brother Todd to build Pev's Paintball Park from the ground up, his driving force was to grant guests the chance to test their sense of strategy and adventure. This goal is achieved each day on his park's 48 acres of land boasting 12 different themed playing fields dappled with huts, log stacks, and other obstacles. The park is open to paintballers of all skill levels, and all customers receive an orderly safety briefing before they begin play, much like the gentlemanly crumpet and tea parties that prefaced each battle in the Revolutionary War.
Additionally, to ensure that grumbling stomachs don’t give hiding spots during paint-slinging battles, Pev’s offers a fully stocked and licensed onsite concession offers sustenance for battle-weary players.
At High Points Farm, warriors duck and weave through rainbow-colored obstacles, huge wooden spools, and thickets of trees, all to evade opposing players shooting at them with high-powered paint markers. The farm grounds transform into Torrid Paintball Sports' battlefield, where players engage in scenario games and tournaments with the latest markers and gear. The markers, as well as anti-fog goggles, CO2 fills, and other key gear, come from the company's full-service paintball shop—where visitors can rent, buy, or continue their research on innovative ways to paint a living room.
Laser tag typically summons images of bulky plastic guns, LED vests that flash red like broken alarm clocks, and cheesy black lights. In the parlance of machismo, Sudden Combat eats joints like that for breakfast. Its extreme laser-tag skirmishes are closer to real military sorties than strip-mall fracas. Sudden Combat is the first gaming spot in Northern Virgina to employ the iCombat/irTactical system—the same laser-training system used by military and law-enforcements agencies and featured on the Outdoor Channel's Elite Tactical Unit: SWAT. Locked and loaded with realistic gear that has the look, feel, and recoil of military M4s and M16s, the advanced weaponry enhances the game's intensity and realism. For the electromagnetic averse, Sudden Combat ups the paintball experience with indoor paintball Reball, which delivers the thrills and stings of a paintball match, but doesn't leave players looking like the ate at a Sherwin Williams buffet.
Across Paintball Adventure Park's 36 acres and 12 fields, adrenaline-packed moments occur every Saturday and Sunday. Their three woodsball fields present a jungle-warfare-like environment, whereas the Village centers around a two-story wooden castle with elevated bridges, watchtowers, and paint-breathing dragons. Other battlegrounds challenge players' tactical skills as they maneuver through obstacles to flank the opposition and take the hill, or slip through the tight quarters of the six airball fields. Before battles, paintballers can also gear up at the shop with everything from paintball markers to protective gear, and groups of 10 and more can prowl the fields during private parties.
Route 40 Paintball Park challenges players to all-day sessions on four tournament-size hyperball fields, earning distinction by CBS as being one of the Best Paintball Arenas Near Baltimore. Before each game, safety-certified referees lead pigment slingers through the code of conduct and the instructions to summon a force field in extensive safety briefings. Players navigate outdoor labyrinths surrounded by trees, dodging between padded barriers and pillars while firing paint bullets at 285 fps from semiautomatic Tippmann markers. V-Force safety-approved goggles, joined to a full-face mask, guard eyes and eye areas, and markers come with barrel plugs to allow for safe and misfire-free running, jumping, and pirouetting during battle.
At Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex, Go-karts race around a circular track or hug the twists and turns of a grand prix–style course. Lasers zip throughout a 4,000-square-foot black-lit laser-tag arena, and blips and bleeps sound from an arcade complete with a flight simulator and potpourri of video and redemption games. Towering windmills don't obstruct holes in one on Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex's two 18-hole miniature golf courses. Instead, babbling brooks and verdant trees surround natural obstacles such as sharp turns and rock patterns. Mini golf is one of many attractions encompassed on the year-round fun park.