If the Hundred Years' War had been fought with paintballs instead of rifles, it might still be happening, but it'd be so colorful that no one would mind. Experience your own vibrant battlefield with today's Groupon to Skyline Paintball in Strasburg, a 90-minute drive west from downtown DC. Choose between the following options:
• For $40, you get all-day equipment rental for two people, 500 paintballs, and two pouch carriers for extra paintballs (an $80 total value).
• For $150, you get a three-hour private paintball session for up to ten people, including equipment, a case of 2,000 paintballs, and ten pouch carriers for extra paintballs (up to a $350 total value).
Set in the Shenandoah Valley, Skyline Paintball wages war on boring weekends with multiple-themed paintball fields staged for adrenaline-pumping pursuits. The facility outfits pellet-slinging patrons with all the necessary rental equipment, including guns, goggles, pouch carriers, air, and field access. Skyline’s myriad battle zones give color-commandos plenty of backdrops as they dodge shots, duck behind obstacles, and wreak general rainbow-colored havoc, including the town field, castle field, frontier-fort field, monolith field, mars-attacks field, mars-just-here-for-snacks field, and tunnel field. Additional pellets are a quick transaction away ($20/500; $30/1,000; and $50+/2,000), saving players the trouble of having to harvest paintball eggs from wild neon hens. Skyline Paintball is open year-round, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Hidden among Strasburg's thicket of spindly trees, patchy grass, and dirt fields, castles and wooden forts stand strong while flying saucers hint of an alien invasion. This is all part of Skyline Paintball's battlefield landscape, which includes thirteen fields such as Mars Attacks and Frontier Fort. Before slinking through trenches and underground bunkers, players load up on fresh paintballs, sold by Skyline onsite. Refs oversee matches to ensure everyone understands the finer techniques of pointillism and that no one uses a marker that fires faster than 280 feet per second. Less experienced players who rent equipment play in separate games from more experienced players who own their equipment, helping ensure games are evenly matched. Players can walk on during open play each Saturday and Sunday during which up to 20 players can sling rainbows of paint throughout strategy-laden matches.