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 $26, you get entry ($12 value), rental equipment ($14 value), and 500 paintballs ($26 value) at Paintball Park in Lakeland.
Paintball Park contains eight courses across 15 acres of wooded greenery, providing bountiful space for colorful projectiles to whizz joyfully across and spatter against multitudes of bunkers and obstacles. Would-be-Rambos of all experience levels are welcomed to do multihued battle on the jungle, canyon, nuclear waste site, alien, and speedball fields. The included equipment-rental package consists of a marker, hopper, air tank with unlimited refills, and mask, and players can scratch even the most dermatologically alarming of itchy trigger fingers with 500 paintballs. An on-site staff of artistically savvy experts ensures the safety of all paint-based excursions, keeping the heat of battle at an ever-pleasant simmer.
Ascendant paintball warrior heroes feast and share combat stories in Paintball Park’s climate-controlled pro-shop, which remains faithfully stocked with snacks, drinks, and gear. Lockers are available at no charge; guests are encouraged to wear long-sleeved clothes or rent coveralls for an additional fee. Large groups may reserve fields in advance, and smaller alliances may arrive at any time for free play.
The paintball aficionados at PB Review recommend Paintball Park:
What kid doesn't dream of owning his or her own playground? David Zorn grew up storming the fields of Paintball Park, falling in love with the game. In college his childhood pastime turned into a semiprofessional career that took him to cities such as Chicago and Miami, where he made his television debut on ESPN's airing of the Campaign Cup tournament. Shortly after college, David jumped at the chance to purchase his old stomping grounds, where, across 18 acres of pigment-spattered fields, shooters settle good-natured scores as a trained staff ensures safety.
Colorful projectiles tear a zipper-like sound through the air across Paintball Park’s seven paintball fields, which have varying themes. In Paintball Canyon, players hunker down alongside a gorge, stashing themselves inside log forts or under bridges. The simulated nuclear-waste site at Ground Zero provides hiding places in the form of stacks of barrels and pipes; Dodge City simulates an Old West town, complete with a saloon and animatronic tumbleweeds; and players can find tournament-style play among the inflated blue obstacles of the airball field. Between games, paintballers refuel at the snack shop or at the grill pits and picnic tables scattered in the courtyard. At annual events, the staff sets up a scenario that spans all seven fields for an all-day game, designed to re-create battles from history, video games, or the time Sun Tzu’s lunch was missing from the fridge.