When you have friends like mine, every now and then you have to lure them to the right venue where you can pelt them down with ammunition. Paintballs, that is. When I was high school my friends I would hide paint bull guns we purchased from Wal-Mart in our backyards and now we conceal them from our girlfriends in our car trunks. We usually just find a nice forest location out in Long Island and have an unauthorized event but we finally decided to research an indoor arena so we wouldn’t have to worry about any state troopers raining on our picnic (never great to be toting a bunch of fake guns when a police official arrives at the scene).
It turns out that Long Island City holds New York City’s lone indoor paintball arena. Or at least that is what they advertise. Either way, the website looked so well put together that we allowed Indoor Extreme Sports to host our next showdown. This place was ahhh-some. We never imagined such a well put together paintball venue in Queens when we were crawling in the 5 foot tall, tic infested weed grasses of Long Island. The facility is equipped with turf and tons of bunkers, and pillars which are perfect for finding shield.
Extreme Sports has something called “Reball,” that at first caught us kind of off guard, and made us want to walk out altogether. The Reball is an alternative to the typical paintball that is reusable and doesn’t utilize the fish oil that we’ve grown so used to having splattered all over our attires. The synthetic balls only became appeasing to us when we learned we would have unlimited ammunition for the day being that the balls were reusable. Oh yeah, and we were helping save the environment too. $36 has to be the least amount of money we’ve ever spent on a paintball escapade.
Another cool kicker was that they offer camera rentals that can be attached to your gear to give you a first person video recap of your Long Island City paintball experience. While we passed on the camera rental, this is an amazing feature that will certainly use when we return (and we will return). The recyclable, mess free Reball really was the draw of the whole event as we had less evidence to clean up of before going home to our unknowing girlfriends, and families.
Indoor Extreme Sports is located at 47-11 Van Dam Street in Long Island City, Queens.