Paintball (credit: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Paintball is an experience unlike any other – the game places you on a field and pits you against other competitors in an all out tactical war where the winners go home with bragging rights…and fewer paintball-sized bruises than the losing team. This strategic combat game is great for everything from kids’ birthday parties to corporate team building outings. The San Francisco Bay Area has several paintball parks that provide fun in a safe environment for all ages.

Paintball Jungle Fields
2 Eucalyptus Drive
American Canyon, CA 94503
(707) 552-2426
www.paintballjungle.com

Boasting a large, 40-acre outdoor park with varying terrain, Paintball Jungle Fields’ courses put you straight into the action.  Visitors can practice their shot at the target range, compete in a game of capture the flag, or practice attach and defend strategies in the hornets nest.  The 40-acre field offers eucalyptus jungles, forts, teepees, bunkers and three speedball courts. Paintball Jungle also offers an onsite pro-shop where you can purchase paintball markers, ammo packs, apparel and more .Private groups and corporate team building groups are welcome.

Santa Clara Paintball
2542 Monterey Road
San Jose, CA 95111
(408) 288-6855
www.santaclarapaintball.com

If you’re looking for some paintball action in the South Bay, Santa Clara Paintball is the perfect choice.  A large game-play area of about 6 acres offers everything from Splatmaster – a kid-friendly paintball game (ages 8-12) where players use air guns – to laser tag to summer camp. The summer camp’s all inclusive week rental package runs just $200 and runs Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Birthday packages are also available and include the price of admission, a semi-automatic paintball marker, rental battle mask, 500 paintballs, a chest protector and neck guard and an extra 500 rounds for the birthday boy or girl.

Playland 707
741 Kenilworth Drive
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 238-5054
www.playland707.com

In the North Bay, Playland 707 has you covered or your birthday party and tournament needs.  Playland 707 also has more party options available with its nearby Cotati location with nerf gun and laser tag fields, offering Last-Man-Standing and other tactical game-play. The Cotati location also has an Airsoft game-play option and field, kicking the strategic and warfare experience up a couple notches.

Sunol Paintball
7900 Vallecitos Road
Sunol, CA 94586
(510) 996-7171
www.sunolpaintball.com

In the East Bay, Sunol Paintball boasts one of the tpo premier fields in the Bay Area. Catered more toward the experienced paintballer and above, Sunol Paintball uses minimal hiding spots and barriers to up your game experience and strategic play. Sunol Paintball also offers group events and corporate team building reservations Monday through Friday, and is open to the public on weekends.

Davis Paintball
24998 County Road 102
Davis, CA 95617
(530) 757-7700
www.davispaintball.com

The options for game-play are boundless at Davis Paintball, which offers nine fields of tactical fun. Catering to all levels of experience, Davis Paintball owner Micah McGlocklin took his 12+ years of operating paintball fields, as well as competing at a professional level for almost 20 years, and went out on his own. McGlocklin has been operating Davis Paintball since 2004 and uses his extensive paintball knowledge to create the ultimate experience for his visitors.

Andrew Wilson started a music webzine to photograph and write about his favorite artists. He quickly notoriety as both a writer and photographer, and has since been published to a variety of national news sites. Andrew resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is pursuing a degree in landscape photography.