Take a break from reality and tune into that inner warrior at Southern California’s premier paintball parks. Each one offers a different combat scenario and themed environment, so the excitement of hunting while being hunted never wears out. Ideal for building social camaraderie, paintball outings are the perfect adrenaline-pumping platform for your next group getaway, birthday party or corporate retreat. Take advantage of a little healthy competition and head to one of the Orange County area’s best paintball parks.

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SC Village
8900 McCarty Rd.
Chino, CA 91710
(949) 207-7015

Price: from $27 to $69  

Take advantage of 25 outdoor fields spread across 100 acres, from dense jungle fields to desert terrain. Just 30 miles from the heart of Orange County, SC Village additionally hosts Airsoft shootouts, designed for those longing to draw out their inner Pvt. Ryan while replicating organized military scenarios on the battlefield. SC Village hosts a variety of monthly special events from night games to kids’ days. Sign up for its newsletter to receive one complimentary paintball pass.

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The Paintball Park (Camp Pendleton)
1700 Vandegrift Blvd.
Oceanside, CA 92058
(866) 985-4932

Price: from $15 to $60

Welcome to Camp Pendleton Marine Base, the official home of the U.S. Marine Corps, open to paintball challengers year-round. Battle across coastal dunes and bluffs and get the vibe of authentic sea-to-shore military training. For an extra special shootout, slip in for a Friday night game as a team or as a walk on. Tip: Once you are at the Camp Pendleton gate, guards must know you’re going to the paintball area, and be prepared to provide a drivers’ license, registration and proof of insurance. Through the gate, drive one mile and the fields are on your left.

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Hollywood Sports
9030 Somerset Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706
(562) 867-9600

Price: from $15 to $69

Reenact battle scenes from your favorite movie classics at Hollywood Sports. Take advantage of classic sets such as “The Haunting,” “Starship Troopers,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Supernova” and “Godzilla.” Known as one of the most elaborate California paintball parks, Hollywood Sports has gained notoriety hosting the Spyder Cup and Cal Jam while also offering extreme sports attractions such as rock-climbing, BMX racing, remote-control track racing, beach volleyball, indoor soccer, a two-story arcade and a restaurant banquet facility.

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Jungle Island Paintball Park
14881 Temescal Canyon Rd.
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
(877) 308-7914

Price: from $25 to $55

With themes including Amazon, Medieval Castle, Guns of Normandy, Volcano, Hyperball and Somalia, suit up in camouflage and head for Jungle Island Paintball Park to engage in the best of themed paintball in the area. For those airsoft aficionados, enjoy creative scenarios such as Babylon, Recon Ruins, Firebase and Trenches presented by Jericho Airsoft. With prop pizzazz galore, Airsoft operates working military vehicles every last weekend of the month to diversify scenario-based games.

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Paintball Wars
1925 Old Nadeau Rd.
Palmdale, CA 93550
(866) 343-4563

Price: from $20 to $45

Located in the northern part of Los Angeles,  the Paintball Wars battleground offers an unrivaled chance to stalk, outwit and ambush your enemies. Simulated urban war zones never looked so compelling as at California’s newest paintball park. Rent everything form equipment to one-time-use camouflage coveralls at this expansive facility. With a commitment to supporting the local community, Paintball Wars offers discounts to church and youth groups while offering at-risk local students complimentary lessons, and opportunities through education and volunteer programs.

Jessica Blotter, a Los Angeles Travel Examiner and contributor to popular travel and golf publication, Fairways + Greens Magazine, was a former associate publisher to national hip lifestyle publication, 944 Magazine, within both Los Angeles and San Diego markets. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.