While ‘archery tag’ might sound like a deadly sport invented in the Middle Ages, it’s actually closer to a modern cross between paintball and archery. This fast-paced, family-friendly game is all about teamwork, aim, speed and good old-fashioned fun. Whether you’re lining up activities for a week of adventures or just a day in the wild, archery tag is one to put on the list!
You can think of archery tag as dodgeball, but with bows and arrows. Here’s how game play works:
Yes, that means archery tag can end in a draw, but it’s not that common.
No, archery tag is not painful. The arrows are tipped with giant foam marshmallows, and even on bare skin cause little discomfort. However, if you are worried about younger children being sensitive to hits, make sure they wear long sleeves and long pants. That’s enough coverage to dampen even the most targeted arrow strike. No matter what, you don’t have to worry about injury.
The only potential point of concern is the eyes, which must be protected. You’ll be given the right face protection equipment along with the bows and arrows. Once you put your protective gear on, don’t take it off for the duration of the game!
It is also a good idea to wear closed-toed shoes. Archery tag moves quickly, and if you trip over someone or get stepped on while wearing sandals, you could suffer a minor injury. And even if it doesn’t mean calling the medics, who wants that?
No. You are required to use the equipment provided by the Adventure Center. We supply and require the use of helmets to make sure everyone’s face is protected, and do not allow the substitution of sunglasses, ski goggles or any other preferred equipment. Even more importantly, our arrows are used only with a bow whose maximum draw weight is 28 pounds, and we do not allow the use of any other type of bow (compound, recurve, etc.).
The entire game is 60 minutes. It’s ideal for a pre-lunch game or as a way to while away an afternoon. If you get beat and want a rematch, feel free to sign up for another later that week!
You say that like there’s only one strategy for archery tag, but oh no … there are quite a few! While most people only play once or twice, those who love to get in the arena know there are several things you can do to maximize your chances of winning. Some of the most productive approaches include:
This is why it makes sense to be on a team with your family and friends, people you know how to talk and plan with. That said, if you’re on a couple or solo trip, make friends with your new teammates right up front and then start the planning!
Because the arrows are foam-tipped and will not hurt anyone, children as young as 8 years old are safe playing this game. Just make sure they don’t get underfoot with large adults running around, as they could get injured that way.
At $20 per person, archery tag is super reasonable. Just make sure to book well ahead of time, as it sells out fast! On the off-chance that you can’t get a reservation, check out the resort’s long list of other activities here and make sure to fill your week with adventure, romance and laughs.