Walk On Play

What Is Walk On Play At Area 51 Paintball?

Walk on play is also known as general admission, reacreational, or open play. Players will usually arrive without a scheduled appointment and play with others that have just arrived as well. A walk on player can also be someone who is not part of a pre-paid private event or scheduled event.

We occasionally offer walk-on play, also known as open play, on Saturday mornings and afternoons when we do not have scheduled events. There is typically a better chance for larger numbers of people to play at this time.

Be sure to check our website, holiday schedule, or call to learn more about walk-on times.

How Much Do Walk On Days Cost?

Prices for walk on play is typically start at $50 dollars for the Area 51 Paintball full rental.

This package will include:

  • A paintball mask
  • A paintball marker
  • A pod pack with 2 pods
  • 500 rounds of paintballs
  • Air included with marker

What To Expect Of Walk-On Days?

Since there is no scheduling for walk on days, we cannot guarantee how many people will be participating. This can mean that these events will vary from time to time depending on how many participants there are. Thankfully, Area 51 Paintball is a diverse playing field that has many opportunities for creative gaming.

Make sure that you pack plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy strong and your hydration adequate. We recommend wearing clothes that are not too loose, but not too tight as well. Generally speaking, anything you might wear outside to work around the house will most likely work for paintball. You will be diving, jumping, running, and crawling so make sure you are wearing something that is adaptable.

I Still Have Questions

No problem! Just give us a call and we will be happy to answer all of your questions. You can also hop over to our frequently asked questions page and see some of the more common answers. We look forward to talking with you and seeing your on the paintball field!


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

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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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