Are you in a rut? Looking for something new to do this weekend? Paintball is a heart-pumping game that’s great fun for friends, groups, and parties. The sport can be as athletic as you want it to be, and it engages your imagination and competitive instinct along with your body. It’s a great way to break free from your routine on a Saturday afternoon and unlock new aspects of your personality. Paintball makes a great scouting activity, youth group outing, or birthday party for kids. Grownups like paintball parties, too, for birthdays, bachelor or bachelorette parties, family reunions, and corporate teambuilding exercises. Choose one of St. Louis’s great paintball fields or suppliers and get ready for an adrenaline rush.
Wacky Warriors Wentzville
700 Wacky Road
Wentzville, MO 63385
(314) 518-4436
www.wackywarriors.com

Wacky Warriors has been in the business for more than 25 years. Between its Wentzville and Millstadt locations, Wacky Warriors offers more than 18 playing fields and 500 rental markers. You and your friends can do battle in a two-story castle field, hunt each other in a wooded field, or join a tournament on an Air-ball field. The new “Village” is a perfect location for groups and parties. Observers can watch safely from behind a net at the Brickyard and Air-ball fields. Airsoft parties are also available. Open play is every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at both locations, or make a reservation for your group anytime.

Gateway Paintball
14510 Missouri Bottom Road
Bridgeton, MO 63044
(314) 298-3772
www.gatewaypaintball.com

Gateway Paintball is the only paintball park in St. Louis County — the others are all either west of the county line or east of the Mississippi. Gateway offers 96 acres of play area, with scenes depicting a town, a castle, obstacle fields with netting for observation, and a woodland trench battlefield. The fields are available anytime for groups with reservations or stop by on a Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for open play. The Bridgeton location is easy to reach from anywhere in the St. Louis area.

Xtreme Paintball Field
3545 Douglas Road
Millstadt, IL 62260
(618) 476-9273
www.xtremepaintballpark.com

Xtreme Paintball Park offers ten playing fields on a 25-acre site. The fields include a village, a castle, a bunker, a ball wall, pipes, forts, and more. The fields are continually updated, retired, and changed to keep the game fresh for veteran players. Private group play is available by appointment. Open play is on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. In summer months, open play is also offered on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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Bing Field Paintball & Airsoft Park
3231 Edwardsville Road
Edwardsville, IL 62025
(618) 692-8271
www.bingfield.com

This park, located just 20 minutes outside St. Louis, is spread over 35 acres. Three wooded fields depict a frontier, with log cabins and a fortress; a Vietnam war location, with a guard tower and two command posts, and a World War II field, with tanks and bunkers. The park also has four speed ball fields with different themed obstacles and shelters. Make a reservation for private group play, or visit during Walk On hours, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. year-round.

Wacky Warriors Paintball Outfitters
5519 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63123
(314) 518-4436
www.wackywarriors.com

Featuring massive fields and plenty of room for parties and private events, Wacky Warriors is designed for large-scale games. Or, if you prefer to play on your own property, you can find everything you need at Paintball Outfitters, Inc. This store has been in the paintball supply business for nearly 20 years, and the staff knows their stuff. You’ll find paintball and airsoft equipment from beginner to professional grade, along with air fills, repairs, protective gear, and answers to all your questions.

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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Visit her blog at http://www.thesoulofajourney.com.
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