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In the 30 years since the first laser tag arena was created in Dallas, Texas, the game has gone from being considered just a fad to becoming a popular high-tech experience with global appeal. And if you thought laser tag was just for kids, then you might think differently after you step foot into one of these DFW infrared combat fields where family feuding takes on a whole new meaning.
1290 E. Interstate 30
Rockwall, TX 75087
(972) 722-1133

This 70,000-square-foot fun zone boasts everything from a cosmic bowling alley and electric go-carts to black light mini golf, arcades and two different laser tag courses. Those who enjoy a bit of intrigue will like the exciting environment that the Ruins of Ankor Wat offers. Here, you not only have to worry about fending off your opponents, but you’ll also encounter aggressive monkeys and a puma as you sneak your way through two levels of an ancient Cambodian temple. You can also test your inner spy seeking skills in the Laser Maze arena where you navigate your way through a foggy field of lasers without breaking a single beam. Prices range from $3.50 a game for Laser Maze to $8.50 a game at the Ruins of Ankor Wat.

Whirlyball & Laserwhirld
3115 W. Parker Road
Plano, TX 75023
(972) 398-7900

Thrill seekers come to this place not only for Whirlyball, a fast action lacrosse game played while driving bumper cars, but also to play laser tag in an awesome arena. Here, laser tag enthusiasts can go to battle with 25 fellow taggers in a 6,000-square-foot multilevel playing field. In this end-of-the-world-themed game, players suit up in Rift Blaster equipment and have 15 minutes to hunt down their opponents. The state-of-the-art special effects and slew of obstacles lead to some very intense games of tag. Laser tag games are $5 each. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are advisable to secure a spot.

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Laser Quest
7601 Blvd. 26, Suite 111
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
(817) 281-0360

When you enter this futuristic two-story maze with 32 of your closest enemies, you can be sure that the battle is going to be fierce. This isn’t just a maze, it’s engineered for ultimate game fighting. Enjoy sneaking up on your opponents through a slew of ramps, suspended walkways and windows. And the high-tech lighting effects, swirling fog and heart-pumping music is sure to keep the adrenaline flowing. Special events, party packages, day camps and corporate outings are just a few of the ways to get your game on. Prices range from $8 for regular games to $11 for Iron Man missions.

DFW Adventure Park
13055 Cleveland Gibbs Road
Roanoke, TX 76262
(817) 854-0085

For those seeking extreme combat recreation, DFW Adventure Park offers 176 acres of wooded terrain for you to wage a war on. You can battle it out with paintball and airsoft, or plunge into an exciting game of laser combat. For laser combat, you’ll be armed with high-powered laser tag weapons capable of shooting over 400 feet, which comes in handy for sniping at your opponents from the towers, buildings and other obstacles spread out over the massive playing field. Prices for groups of 10 or more start at $25 each for a two-hour game.

Lasertag DFW
5700 Squires Drive
The Colony, TX 75056
(469) 371-4056

Lasertag DFW offers several ways for tag aficionados to get their games on. Players can gather a group of their best frenemies and have an epic customized battle at the Trophy Club Park on Lake Grapevine or on 22 acres of land in The Colony. Conversely, Lasertag DFW will bring a laser tag party to you or rent you the equipment to do a party yourself. Either way, you’re sure to have an awesome clash, especially when you can zap away with the latest in high-tech weaponry. Young warriors, age 4 and up, will enjoy the ease of shooting with a Tippmann 98 Barracuda, while experienced combatants will want to take aim with one of the HT20 Taggars that have a shooting range of 1,500 feet. The price for 1.5 hours of laser tag at the park locations start at $160 for 10 players. Consult the website for a complete price listing.

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