If your idea of a great weekend includes shooting capsules of paint out of a compressed air gun at an opponent inside a simulated combat zone, you must be an avid fan of paintballing. Whether you play in a league or just enjoy some fun competition with friends, this adrenaline-pumping sport is a thrilling way to burn off steam from the workweek. Paintballing is a way of life for some in Southern California so it’s no surprise that some of the best paintball arenas in the country are all within a short drive from Orange County. Here are the five best paintball arenas around.
8900 McCarty Road
Corona, CA 92880
SC Village is a famous paintball park considered by some players to be one of the best in the world. This 100-acre enterprise has been hosting paintball wars for more than 25 years. Located just 30 minutes from Orange County, this park boasts 25 exciting outdoor fields designed to look like various locations throughout the world. Compete in the jungles of the Mekong Delta, barracks of Baghdad or trenches of Kuwait. SC Village also hosts major tournaments and one of southern California’s largest 24-hour paintball scenario events called Decay of Nations, which draws crowds and players from all over the world.
Jungle Island Paintball & Airsoft Park
14881 Temescal Canyon Road
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Hunt your opponents in the outback, among dinosaurs, in the Wild West or around concrete pipes. At Jungle Island Paintball Park, you have 11 paintball fields, four airsoft fields and a tournament complex to choose from. Open since 1997, this competition playground in the Inland Empire is one of the longest operating paintball parks in the state. Host your next party or event at Jungle Island and you’re sure to have a wild time.
Giant Paintball Park
25 Browns Road
Alpine, CA 91901
Giant Paintball Park is the largest and oldest operating paintball venue in San Diego County. Offering adrenaline-pumping paintball wars since 1984, this operation attracts paintball enthusiasts from all over the world. Turn your action sports adventure into a weekend getaway by bringing in your recreational vehicles. Located at the Viejas Casino in Alpine, the Giant Paintball Park offers RV parking and complete RV amenities. Although about a two-hour drive, it’s well worth it for the fun ahead.
Field of Fire
23925 The Old Road
Newhall, CA 91321
If you’re looking for some variation in your paintball game, consider checking out Field of Fire. Located north of Los Angeles, Field of Fire offers original paintball as well as a faster-paced speedball. Park operators will also introduce you to different games and scenarios to keep the competition hot. Safety is a priority here so operators provide an orientation before each game starts. Rent out the facility for private parties including birthdays, bachelor parties or corporate events.
Warped Paintball Park
34481 Ridge Route Road
Castaic, CA 91384
If you don’t mind shooting or being shot at by a compressed air gun full of paintballs, swing by Castaic for 40 acres of paintballing excitement. Warped Paintball Park has six scenario fields and two tournament-grade arena fields suitable for paintballers of all ages and skill levels. Bring the kids for an exciting birthday party. Warped Paintball Park offers junior-sized equipment for kids ages 8 through 11 and even provides a private referee to ensure the kids stay safe while having fun. The hour-and-a-half drive will feel like nothing after the adrenaline rush experienced here.
Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.