If you want to get a maximum adrenaline rush but with a minimum risk of injury, then check out paintball, the world’s fastest growing extreme sport. Paintball games are all about eliminating your opponents with balls of paint that are propelled from guns using compressed air or Co2. What makes this game a thrill is the high-action drama of simulation warfare played on elaborately staged fields. Whether you want to fight in an urban assault or on a WWII battlefield, arm yourself—because at these DFW paintball parks you’ll be in for an action-packed and somewhat messy adventure.
MaddDogz Paintball Park
410 Mushroom Road
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Offering some of the best fields to play on in the state has made MaddDogz a madly popular paintball park. With six different themed courses, included two covered fields, ranging from urban assault, woods and tires, to dirt, airball and black ops, you’ll find plenty of games to keep your adrenaline charged up to the max. For younger kids, try the splat master, a low-impact, lightweight version of paintball. Want to get in on a tournament? Just show up, everyone is always invited to join in. The fields are open on weekends, including Friday nights. Rates start at $10 if you have your own equipment or rent what you need to get started for $24.99. Spend the day and get the works, including 700 balls, for $49.99.
Official Paintball Games of Texas
17437 Adams Trail
Forney, TX 75126
If you’re looking for extreme thrills, get into action seven days a week at this 56-acre park. Choose your battle plan from 12 challenging courses including mirrored fields, forts, a WWII base and a wild west town. Whatever playing style you like, whether it’s woodsball, recball or speedball, you’ll find it here. You’ll also find plenty of props to set the scene, from airplanes and helicopters to cars, buildings and planks. Come equipped and pay only $15.50 plus balls, or go with a package including a mask, marker and air for $22.99. Be sure to check the website for monthly discounts, events and killer scenario games.
Collin County Paintball Park
3261 County Road 210
Anna, TX 75409
This family-fun paintball park, only 15 minutes north of Plano, offers an amazing staff and five outdoor paintball battlefields. While everyone likes the hyper-ball, x-ball and air-soft fields, the most popular field has to be the Alamo field, complete with wooden bunkers and forts. The park is open for two sessions a day on weekends and prices start at $24 for air and balls.
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Fun On The Run Paintball Park
2621 Roberts Cut Off Road
Fort Worth, TX 76114
With seven unique fields to play on, you’ll find a variety of battle themes to suit your mood. Search for targets in a thickly wooded jungle at sniper’s resort, fight door to door in the district’s village set-up or get into intense action in and around the 3,000-square-foot castle. For a diverse, fast-action game, head over the west lot, featuring wooded areas, multilevel forts, mounds, a mine shaft and school buses. If you want to use up your extra ammo, head over to the shooting range and practice your aim. The park is open to the public on weekends and for private parties during the week, with prices starting at $19.99 or complete packages priced from $24.94.
Ellen’s Amusement Center
1350 S. US Highway 67
Cedar Hill, TX 75104
At this family-owned amusement park, kids can play paintball and still squeeze in time for go-carts, mini-golf, batting cages and video arcades—especially since the park is open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and until midnight on weekends. However, you might be inclined to stick with paintball since there are four different fields to play on, including two speed-ball courses, a trench warfare course and a huge wooded area filled with bunkers, barrels and many secret hiding spots. If you come equipped, then you can play for $10, including 100 paintballs, or for $20 you can have equipment and everything you need to get started.
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