Paintball is to laser tag what rugby is to football. It’s just a bit more real. When you want teeth-clenching, heart-hammering, assault-driven, live-action, total immersion play (that really leaves a mark!), there just is no other option. Whether you’re a dutiful team player or a showboating wildcat, paintball welcomes you. Whether you prefer a stealthy panther strike or a crazed headlong charge into the enemy camp, you’ll fit right in. Heed the call of duty; the skirmish field has a place for you, so play paintball and meet life full on. Here’s where to get it done.

Crusader Paintball
225 Lincoln Highway
Fairless Hills,PA 19030
(215) 949-4600
www.crusaderpaintball.com

Crusader Paintball is just a short drive up 95 from Philly proper. The full-service activities center offers ballers everything from a private party experience (birthday parties, bachelor parties, corporate outings, and peewee paintball) to daring walk-on play. There are six fields of wooded play filled with abundant cover—both man-made and natural. The on-site, fully-stocked pro shop along with the all-inclusive rental packages allow for effortless car-to-field transition, so you’re spending your time shooting, not pondering options and gear. Additionally, for the courageous Crusader, speedball games are now available at this Bucks County battlefield.

Outdoor Xtreme
307 Swartley Rd.
Hatfield, PA 19440
(215) 997-7877
www.oxhatfield.com

With a wide variety of playing fields such as the Deep Woods, the Alamo Fort, the Boneyard, and several others, Outdoor Xtreme in Hatfield offers a diverse range of game options. There are four methods of play that differ in degrees of intensity: Paintball, Airsoft, Low Impact, Splatmaster, and Lasertag. Paintball is the traditional game that offers the best chance for welts, while at the other end of the spectrum, Lasertag leaves behind absolutely no ouchies. Choose the field and intensity level to create a custom experience that will keep you coming back again and again.

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Playground Paintball Park
669 NJ-45
Mantua Township, NJ 08051
(856) 468-1643
www.playgroundpaintballpark.com

Located just across the bridge only minutes into New Jersey, Playground Paintball Park specializes in both recreational and tournament team play. Every type of group — from your corporate posse to birthday parties — is welcome to do battle on the obstacle-laden fields. Walk-ons are accepted, but Saturdays are by reservation only. And it’s recommended that you make those reservations at least a week in advance to ensure that you get exactly what you want. Forget the Jersey Shore, if you’re not the greatest player ever, welcome to the Jersey Sore!

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RPSC Paintball
699 Swarthmore Ave.
Ridley Park, PA 19078
(610) 328-2297
www.rpscpaintball.com

The RPSC Paintball facility located in Ridley Park is a brilliantly conceived fundraising organization whose goal is to keep the Ridley Park Swim Club thriving. The ingenious repurposing of the pool grounds for off-season ventures provides battlers with three playing options: Urban Warfare, Defend Queen Sally’s Castle, and Speed Ball. The location is available for birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette/sweet 16 parties, end-of-season parties for sports teams, and corporate team building outings. Attack the operating deficit of the Ridley Park Swim Club and keep a good thing going.

Skirmish U.S.A.
211 Meckesville Rd.
Albrightsville, PA 18210
(570) 325-3654
www.skirmish.com

There are playing fields and there are playing fields. The 700 acres of paintball play at Skirmish U.S.A. offer an unparalleled combat experience. With an astounding 50 fields that contain everything from downed helicopters and tanks to cityscapes and castles, this is the kind of place that the other fields hope to be when they grow up. The location is also home to some of the biggest “scenario games” anywhere. “Invasion of Normandy,” for instance, draws approximately 4,000 participants each year. If that ain’t enough, Skirmish USA also boasts combo adventures involving rafting and night battles. Come visit the fields of multicolored dreams and play paintball from dawn till dark.

Allen Foster, a lifelong Greater Philadelphia resident, has been writing about all those wonderful things that make us feel so alive for over 20 years. He approaches each day as an adventure, eager to discover what new and vibrant surprises await just around life’s corner. You can see his work on Examiner.com.

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