Area 51 Paintball Center

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No More Boring Weekends

Located in the beautiful northwest Michigan, Area 51 Paintball Center is the ultimate outdoor paintball experience. Not only do we have a world-class facility, but we also offer top of the line equipment and safety gear so that you can get the most out of your day with us. We are not only a paintball field; we also offer events like corporate outings, birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, youth camps and more!

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What Is Paintball?

Paintball is a fast growing sport for adventure seekers. You can play paintball as a team or individually. It is one of the fastest sports in the world, played outdoors in terrain that offers the player a variety of options to choose from when it comes to strategy. There are many different types of paintball games and each game requires participants to have their own specific gear and equipment

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Why Play Paintball?

Paintball is a sport that is played like real combat. Your physical fitness, stamina, and endurance are tested. The game is also great for sharpening your analytical and tactical skills. A player’s overall fitness plays an important role in his performance during the game. A player who is fit and has stamina can stay longer in the field and engage in more tactical moves and strategies. As paintball involves running, dodging, crawling, and shooting, it definitely helps improve overall fitness of a person. Paintball uses teamwork bringing out the best in players. Paintball is a game which requires maximum mental concentration and an ability to be adaptable. It is a game that helps you stay healthy, as it is a fantastic cardio exercise. It will also improve your analytical and tactical skills in life, as it is a game of strategy. Not only does paintball help you stay fit, but it develops your leadership skills. It also helps you relax after a hard day or week of work.

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Is Paintball Safe?

The modern game of paintball began in 1981 as a training exercise for military forces. It soon became popular with civilians, however, and is now played by millions of people around the world each year.

Paintball has been called one of the safest sports on Earth, but safety precautions are always necessary when playing.

Is paintball a safe sport to play? Paintball injuries are rare and we provide all of the safety equipment you need. We believe that paintball is one of the safest sports on earth. In fact, it’s probably safer than many more popular sports.

For example, you’re less likely to be injured playing paintball than football or ice hockey. Paintball is a very safe sport because most injuries are due to mistakes in how the game is played.

This means that most injuries can be prevented by following proper safety precautions. Your safety gear is an important way to prevent injuries while you play.

Paintball masks and chest protectors are designed and tested to give you the best protection available while still allowing you to safely play the game.

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Where To Play Paintball?

Although there are many similarities between indoor and outdoor paintball fields, the differences outweigh them. For one thing, an outdoor paintball field is obviously outdoors and therefore has greater visibility. The playing area on an outdoor field can be natural or it can be constructed by adding bunkers with artificial cover. It also makes use of natural terrain features such as hills and mud pits to add realism to the game. Indoor fields and centers are great for those who want a very consistent experience each time since weather and the seasons do not factor into the game as much.

Area 51 Paintball Center is northwest Michigan’s premier outdoor paintball center!

Paintball is a fun and exciting sport that can be challenging and rewarding. If you are looking for an exciting activity that is easy to get started with, call Area 51 Paintball Center today at 231-577-6252 to speak with a member of our staff and set up your next outdoor adventure! We look forward to hearing from you soon.


This is our general admission gameplay time. You don't need to call ahead to book a time with us when there is walk-on time available.

Walk On Times

Paintball is great for team building because it allows the players to work together as a cohesive unit to achieve a goal.

Corporate Events

Birthday Parties and special events are our specialties! Area 51 Paintball can help you plan a birthday or party event.

Paintball Parties

We can help troubleshoot and repair your broken paintball markers and equipment to help you.

Paintball Equipment Repair

Ready to upgrade your gear? We have a full selection of top models for you to choose from.

Paintball Equipment Sales

Are You Ready To Say It With Paintball?

Give us a call today to learn about our special events, walk-ons, or our group event packages.

Call Us Now (231) 577-6252

What Are Customers Are Saying

Amy Bolin

Amazing day at Area 51! This place is top-notch. The staff is friendly, funny, and safety conscious. The course is set up in different sections so you are playing on different fields for each game. Plenty of shade and water for each intermission. The rental equipment seems well cared for and everything was clean, streamlined and we'll organized. For the price of a movie and consessions you can play for hours on end. Our new summer favorite.

Collin Herold

I don't really know anything about paintball, I've played a few times. And I've never been here. But they fly a Valken flag, that's reason enough for 5 stars

Cindy Johnston

This is a paintball field thats motto is FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME! and they mean it. I love it there.

The Best Paintball Northwestern Lower Michigan!

Paintball isn't just a game: it's a full-blown obsession. Playing paintball is one of the most fun and exciting ways to spend time with friends and family, and it can be a great way to stay in shape. We are the best paintball center in the area and offer more than just an opportunity to play the game—we also offer fun and exciting activities for people of all ages, including kids.

Area 51 Rules of Engagement & Safety Requirements

Safety Requirements

  • Keep calm and play paintball. Make sure you are keeping it at a pg rating.
  • Barrel covers on at all times
  • Masks on at all times
  • No cracks in paintball masks allowed
  • 285 Feet per second limit
  • Shoot only in designated game zones
  • Fingers on triggers only in active games
  • Avoid hazards
  • Keep your feet on the ground
  • Report any and all hazards to Area 51 staff
  • Use safe and inspected equipment only
  • No alcohol or drugs
  • Leave wildlife at peace
  • Report any and all problems to Area 51 Paintball staff

Rules Of Engagement

  • Follow All Safety Requirements
  • All Area 51 Paintball staff decisions are final
  • Stay in bounds during active games
  • Shoot only in active game zones
  • Aiming is required before shooting
  • Eliminations only if paint breaks
  • Gun hits do count
  • Cease fire on eliminated players
  • If hit, leave game zone quickly
  • If unsure, ask for a paint check
  • Honesty is the best policy
  • Keep bunkers where they are
  • Shoot designated targets only
  • Report any and all issues to Area 51 Staff

Things To Consider

  • Bring coolers of non-alcoholic beverages
  • Bring food and necessary disposable utensils such as plates, forks, and spoons
  • We can help arrange Pizza Delivery for your party
  • Bring table clothes, decorations, tents, umbrellas, outdoor chairs, and any other creative things they can think of to enhance their paintball party guests’ experience
  • Request to play some private games together
  • Bring bug spray for those couple times of year when the mosquitoes are having a reunion at the field
  • We love pets but must ask that you leave yours at home

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