Editor’s Note: Battle Creek is currently running a Groupon promo!
To some, paintball appears to be a barbaric activity, when in reality it is an adrenaline-fueled game of tag or capture the flag for all ages. There is a wide range of places to play paintball near New York City.
From the traditional outdoor fields, to the air conditioned indoor arena, to the amusement park shooting gallery, there is something for every skill level. If you haven’t tried paintball before, now is the time, and here’s where to go
1. Indoor Extreme Sports – Long Island City, Queens
47-11 Van Dam St, Long Island City, NY | 718.361.9152 | indoorextremesports.com/lic/
The only indoor paintball center accessible by subway, this NYC paintball option is just a few stops outside of Manhattan on the 7 train. If you don’t want to get messy, don’t worry, the facility uses reball, reusable rubber paintballs, which are more sustainable, and unlimited! There is also laser tag and a zombie escape room at this Long Island City paintball facility.
Prices start at $39 per person during the week and go up to $52 per person on the weekends.
Insider Tip: After your game, head over to Fifth Hammer Brewery for a delicious drink.
How to get there: Take the 7 train to 33rd Street stop, then head southeast on Queens Blvd toward Van Dam St., turn right at Van Dam St., and look for 47-11 Van Dam St.
2. Indoor Extreme Sports – Staten Island
501 Industry Rd, Staten Island, NY 10314 | indoorextremesports.com/si
If Staten Island is your preferred borough, you can head over to Indoor Extreme’s Staten Island facility. For your extra curricular fun, the center also offers laser tag and archery, though no escape room.
How to get there: Take the free Staten Island Ferry to St. George Terminal. At St. George you can hop on the S46 bus or the S96 bus to West Shore Plaza/Chelsea St – from there it’s a short walk to the paintball center.
3. Cousins Staten Island Paintball
2727 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY | 631.698.6230 | cousinspaintball.com
If you want an outdoor paintball experience (with real paint instead of the rubber balls) then Cousins Staten Island is your only NYC paintball option. Take in the sites on the free ferry ride over before splattering your enemies with paint. Their intro price starts at $40 per person, which includes 100 paintballs.
How to get there: Take the SI Ferry or S84/S74 Bus to Arthur Kill Rd.
4. ABC Paintball
1745 County Rd 511, Hewitt, NJ | abcpaintball.com
One of the original Jersey paintball fields, ABC has been operating since 1989. With the beautiful setting of Northern New Jersey and competitive pricing on paintballs and equipment, ABC is worth the trip.
Get there: Take the NJ Transit 196 Bus to Greenwood Lake Turnpike at Olcott Ave. From there it’s just a half mile walk to the field
5. Battle Creek Paintball
625 Macopin Road, West Milford, NJ | 973.545.2556 | battlecreekpaintballnj.com/
While this isn’t a completely car-free experience, you can get fairly close on NJ Transit, and then jump in a cab for the last few miles. Thanks to it’s more rural setting, Battlefield has over 15-acres of property and fields for every level. Pricing starts at $25 for those who come with their own equipment. Those looking for extra adrenaline should stop by for a night game (or zombie tournament!)
Get there: Take New Jersey Transits 196 Warwick Skyline Express from Port Authority to RT #23 at High Crest Drive. From there, it’s 2.5 miles to Battle Creek. We recommend giving West Milford Taxi Service a call in advance to arrange a ride (973-749-6595).
6. Cousins Long Island Paintball
88 Granny Road, Coram, NY | 631.698.6230 | cousinspaintball.com
Choose from 26 fields at Cousins Paintball’s Long Island’s location. The fields are huge—88 acres!—and the deals are the same as the other Cousins properties.
How to get there: LIRR Port Jefferson Line, off at Port Jefferson stop, then call a taxi for a quick ride to the field.
7. Cousins New Jersey Paintball
750 Whiting-New Egypt Road, Manchester, NJ | 631.698.6230
The third outpost of the Cousins facilities, the Jersey location offers 80-acres and screamin’ deals; on summer Friday’s you can join for just $5. If you’re planning on heading to multiple Cousin’s locations, we suggest throwing in for the $200 Season Pass.
How to get there: Take the bus heading to Atlantic City-Wildwood out of Port Authority and get off at Toms River. From there, it’s a 10 minute uber ride.