Paintball is like a production of Hamlet: it's exciting, demanding, and by the end everyone has pretend-died. Take paintball arms against a sea of troubles with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a four-hour play session, including equipment rental and paintballs, at Futureball Paintball Parks and Pro-Shops in Whitmore Lake (a $50 value).
Futureball Paintball is Michigan’s largest outdoor paintball park, with 14 playing fields spread out across 115 acres of primed, paintable land. The Tippmann 98 Standard rental package arms hand-holsters with a Tippmann Custom 98 marker, nitro bottle, 100 paintballs, and a 180-round feeder, and Empire E-Vent goggles by Vents protect players from splatter shrapnel (a $30 value). An ammo upgrade refuels hungry guns with an additional 500 paintballs, enough to shoot every loaf in a baker's dozen twice (a $20 value).
Exchange multichromatic crossfire on playing fields ranging from a Futureball cityscape complete with dozens of buildings, bridges, and barricades to an urban assault zone with a school bus and sniper stations. The five-acre picnic area offers covered pavilions and seating where up to 500 water-based paint warriors can snack, strategize, or sign their latest limited-edition prints. Futureball Paintball is open to the public on weekends with two playing sessions each day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Futureball Paintball Inc.
One empty school bus, 27 abandoned cars, and a desolate two-story house are the only refuges for combatants roving an expansive urban field. Fourteen additional playfields set the stage for games, surrounding players in open fields and dense forests. It's at Futureball Paintball's 115-acre facility that friendly paintball and Airsoft battles unfold each day and have unfolded for more than 20 years. While vehicle carcasses characterize the urban landscapes, two airfields exhibit red inflatables that mimic the ruins of ancient bounce castles. Between games, a 5-acre picnic area serves as neutral ground to strategize and nibble snacks.
To ensure fair play, Futureball Paintball's staff leads brief orientations and monitors all action. They can also repair and upgrade guns.