Want to take the family to see where our marines live and train and stay for a day of paintball, ziplining, tree climbing, horseback riding, and other fun activities? Check out visitor-friendly Camp Pendleton’s expansive playground of new and updated attractions. Among your choices are:
New Camp Pendleton Playland
Just opened in February 2015, Camp Pendleton Playland is the hottest new supervised kids’ theme park in the area. A popular attraction for toddlers and up is the bounce house with nine different jumpies, bouncies, slides and other inflatables with super hero, movie character, princess and other themes.
Another new kids’ activity is the Coconut Tree Climbing. Simulating rock climbing, a pulley assists kids, strapped in harnesses, as they climb the pegs of a 30-foot coconut tree. Upon reaching the top, they hit a buzzer to announce their success.
Choose to battle it out with harmless laser beams in the Laser Tag Galaxy? Play as individuals or teams, and check after the game to see the number of tags, hits and shots taken by each participant. Recommended for ages 5+.
A great game for kids and adults of all ages, challenges in the Nerf Wars arena include a dozen different challenges from target practice and team battles to free-for-alls. Bring your own equipment or rent from the pro-shop.
Ziplining will take you soaring high over Camp Pendleton Playland alone or with one of the kids. Mom and daughter, father and son can share this exciting experience together. Maximum combined weight is 250 lbs. Recommended for ages four and up.
There’s also a Private Video Game Trailer with HD TV, XBOX One’s, XBOX 360′s, Kinect, and a ginormous library of the most popular video games with plenty of controllers for everyone.
Check out Camp Pendleton’s new Playland at www.cpplayland.com.
Other fun activities on the base include:
Pendleton Paintball Park
Paintball Park offers great fun for ages 6 and up. Open Friday through Sunday for walk-in play and seven days a week for groups and private parties, choose from four styles of play: Paintball for ages 10 and up, Airsoft for ages 10+, Paintball Lite for ages 8-12, and Splatmaster for ages 6-9. Spanning more than 30 acres, each field has different bunkers such as military helicopters, tanks, airplanes, king kong, tiki huts and with a wide variety of game scenarios. thepaintballpark.com
Into bowling? Check out Camp Pendleton’s Leatherneck Lanes. Updates include free WiFi, Facebook Game connections, live sports TV, and new scoring system. There’s also a grill, lounge, arcade and pool tables. www.mccscp.com/bowl
Featuring some of the best trail rides in the area, Camp Pendleton Stepp Stables offers training, boarding and lessons with nationally-ranked trainers and instructors for all skill levels. By appointment only. www.mccscp.com/stables
Marine Memorial Golf Course
In the rolling foothills of Windmill Canyon, Marine Memorial Golf Course is one of Camp Pendleton’s best-kept secrets. Designed by William P. “Billy” Bell, the course has been praised for its bunkers and innovations. www.mccscp.com/golf
All visitors to Camp Pendleton need a current driver’s license, vehicle registration, and car insurance. Rental cars are allowed on the base.
Nearby Oceanside is a great base for exploring Pendleton as well as other area attractions including Legoland and Disneyworld. For more information on where to stay, visit www.visitoceanside.org.
Photos courtesy of Visit Oceanside.
Dinosaur on Paintball field
Camp Pendleton’s new Playland