The latest update for this article is written by Lindsay Podolak.
Paintball fans are in luck. New Jersey is home to an array of paintball facilities catering to any age and skill level. The game is a combination of tag, hide and seek and capture the flag. The object of the game is to get rid of your opponents by tagging them with a paintball and capturing their team’s flag. It doesn’t matter how big or strong you are–the game is really about teamwork and strategy.
Here, you’ll find our recommendations for the best places to play paintball in the state.
Location: 1745 Greenwood Lake Turnpike, Hewitt
Details: This spot lets players bring their own paintballs free of charge or buy them on-site. They specialize in woodsball (a format where players compete in a natural outdoors area) and tournament speedball (played on a field filled with artificial terrain such as inflatable bunkers), featuring three wooded fields and one speedball field. They have one regulation X-Ball field where tournament players can hone their skills. New to the game? Here you play on fields based on your experience so newbies won’t feel overwhelmed.
Why I like it: Because you have the option of bringing your own balls, ABC Paintball ends up being one of the least expensive paintball establishments on the list.
More info: www.abcpaintball.com or call 973-728-1000
Location: 300 Dahlia Avenue, Williamstown
Details: Beginners are welcome at this family-friendly location. They offer games especially for children under 12 with little paintball experience. They even have special referees that play on the teams and offer instruction during the game. Walk-on players are also welcome every Saturday and Sunday, so no need to reserve your spot in advance.
Why I like it: Kids interested in learning the ropes can sign up for the Young Guns program, an all-day basics course for just $30.
More info: www.accuratepaintball.com or call 856-629-7509
Location: 240 S. White House Pike, Hammonton
Details: Gear-Up offers multiple field options–try the target field, where you can check and adjust your equipment to ensure it’s working properly. The traditional woodsball field offers multiple bunkers, trees, forts and more. Or try the marsh field, where you’re part of the Navy Seals and need to fight through thick marsh to advance your team to safety.
Why I like it: Gear-Up now offers low-impact paintball for little ones. Call for more details!
More info: www.gear-uppaintball.com or call 609-561-7060
Location: 2 Commerce Drive, Bound Brook
Details: Don’t worry about checking the weather forecast. You’re in luck rain or shine as Hardcore is an indoor arena. They offer Reball, which uses rubber balls that shoot and feel like regular paintballs. Reballs are cheaper because ammunition is unlimited and cleaner since no mess is involved.
Why I like it: Since weather’s not a factor, Hardcore is the perfect place to have a birthday party. Packages start at $600 for up to 10 players.
More info: www.hardcorepaintballarena.com or call 732-868-3188
On Target Paintball
Location: 35 Sheep Pen Hill Road, Pemberton
Details: You’ll find 13 diverse playing fields here. There’s something suitable for every skill level, whether you’re a Rec-ball Player or a Speedball Player. Never played the game before? On Target offers a comfortable environment to nurture your paintball prowess.
Why I like it: Themed events like “Living Dead V,” where zombies have taken over and you must fight for survival, are not to be missed by serious paintballers. Check the website for a complete schedule.
More info: www.ontargetpaintball.com or call 609-894-4330
Location: 472 Route 46, Belvidere
Details: Players can choose from an array of field options. Tent City offers a fast-paced, action-filled game as you travel tent to tent. The tents give you cover but also limit your view of the other team. The Valley has both flag stations on high ground–you can choose to take the high road around or go directly through the valley. Or try The Fort, which features wooded terrain surrounding three sides of an open field.
Why I like it: You can also play laser tag here, in case anyone in your group is a little gun-shy.
More info: www.paintballdepot.com or call 973-584-2220
Picasso Lake Paintball
Location: 64 Norcross Road, Winslow Township
Details: Picasso Lake boasts over 110 acres of wooded fields for paintball fun. Here you’ll experience true woodsball on multiple fields, with different options to suit every player. Special events are scheduled on various dates throughout the year–check their website for the latest details.
Why I like it: Not every paintball facility boasts a sparkling lake as part of the backdrop, but this one does!
More info: www.picassolake-paintball.com or call 800-213-4353
Location: 1231 Route 206, Shamong
Details: Two types of fields are available for paintball play that’s clean, safe and fun. The speedball field is regulation size and efforts are made to make the grass perfect. The seven woodsball fields can handle all your recreational needs–they were recently cleaned and redone with new huts, blockades and barriers.
Why I like it: Pay a yearly membership fee to join the Players Club and you’ll receive discounts on admission, paintballs and other products.
More info: www.quickshotpaintball.com or call 609-268-8901
Location: 567 Monmouth Road, Cream Ridge
Details: At “The Disneyland of Paintball,” players battle it out on 130 acres full of forests, lakes, streams and open fields. Lucky Hill is a maze-like fort located at the top of a hill. Dive over sand bag bunkers and crawl out of the ditches at Demons Ditch. Or battle among the dinosaurs hidden in Jurasik Park.
Why I like it: TopGun Paintball is located in central New Jersey, making it a great spot to gather your friends from all over the state.
More info: www.topgunpaintball.com or call 732-928-2810