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: for $20, you get a Rookie paintball package at Synergy Paintball in Grafton (a $42 total value). The package includes:
- All-day field play and unlimited air refills (a $17 value)
- Use of all required equipment (a $17 value)
- 100 rounds of paint (an $8 value)
The paintball experts at Synergy equip sharpshooters ages 10 and up with markers, paint, and safety equipment for full day of mock battles and real gallantry enacted on one of five the outdoor fields sprawled across a total of 35 woodsy acres. Clothed in the provided masks and goggles, bodies run, duck, and dive as trigger fingers activate the compressed air, which propels multi-hued ammunition gel packs into splattered Picasso tributes on opponents' outerwear to mark them as "out". The fast-paced games usually run 10 minutes, keeping dramatic death performances short, and reengaging sidelined paint slingers quickly. Synergy recommends that players wear loose-fitting dark clothing and hiking boots, but the water-soluble and nontoxic firing substance will still easily wash out of most regulation-grade tuxedos. Additional paintballs must be purchased at Synergy to ensure safety.
Synergy Woods aims to be a way of giving back to the community by offering a safe place to have fun and expend pent-up energy. On a given day, visitors can enjoy a thrilling ride on a ropes course, which is complete with a 600-foot zipline, 50-foot quick jump, and over 15 unique elements—all utilizing safe equipment and staff with extensive training. Lively groups can also be found swarming the grounds amid the whispery noise of paintballs cruising through the fresh air. It's here where teams engage in fun competition, regardless of age, size, or skill level. When the park isn't busy entertaining armies of thrill-seekers, they also play host to United States military reserves tactical training, an exercise that fills the park with humvees and transport vehicles before they begin mock Medevac evacuations. To further build on its reputation, Synergy Woods hosts organizations such as the United Way, American Cancer Society, and St. Judes Children's Research while longtime supporting Local AR.