Paintball is a lot like chess in that both require complex strategizing and both are almost impossible to win against autonomous robots. Systematically conquer humanoid opponents with today's Groupon: for $24, you get a standard all-day play package, a waived field fee, and 500 rounds of ammo at Paintball Adventures (a $48 value).
Paintball Adventures has been training Jacksonville residents in the fine art of dye dousing for more than 23 years. Recently relocated to densely wooded fields, the facility offers recreational play on weekends with professionally trained referees who guarantee fair and safe pigment-pumping play. A standard package rental ($22) includes a Tippmann 98C paint rifle, a hopper, safety goggles, and a CO2 tank, as well as a bag of 500 paintballs ($14); the $12 field fee is waived. Paintballs wash out of most clothing with soap and water, but can stain, so players should dress in old clothes, camouflage, or their finest neon-spattered formalwear.
Players can battle in any one of the facility's five specially designed fields, which include structures such as a military fort, a prison, and an eagle's nest, from where players are lifted on the wings of a valkyrie to lead a surprise air attack on their shrieking cousins. In addition to themed fields, a newly added air-conditioned “cool” tent keeps players from overheating and underperforming in hot weather. Open for recreational play Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Paintball Adventures can accommodate up to 400 players, making it an ideal outing for birthday parties, family reunions, and weddings for couples looking to mow down the guest list.
Players must be at least nine years old. Reservations and close-toed shoes are required.
Reviewers from pbreview.com have this to say about Paintball Adventures:
- Overall, this is the place to be when looking for a great paint balling experience. – JT Stealth
- I truly find it hard to be believe [sic] that there is a better atmosphere anywhere else to have good clean fun for a family. One of the reasons I may never get experience at another field. I am sincerely hooked on paintball after visiting paintball adventures from my very first time there – SRAMEY1962