Escape Rooms are a great way to spend time with your kids this Fall. They are mentally and physically stimulating and, if you choose one of the harder rooms, you may even have some fun yourself!
Escape Rooms are based on a digital puzzle where participants investigate a room to find the clues that will allow them to escape. It's an interactive experience solving a mystery while combining both theater and gameplay.
You'll be presented with a scenario, say you're locked in a mansion, stuck on a plane, or have to solve a crime, and you have to use the clues given to you to solve the puzzle. Clues can be something like figuring out the number sequence for a lock or decoding a secret message. Eventually, they'll lead you and your team to escape the room and win the game.
Game makers communicate with the team via walkie-talkie to give extra clues and help you keep track of your time. You have an hour to test your problem-solving skills under pressure or else you fail. You'll still be let out of the room of course, but you'll leave wondering what it took to escape.
Escape Rooms have been hooking people on the thrill and Palm Beach County has 15 different ones. Here are a few of our favorites.
MindQuest Escape Games
MindQuest has three different puzzles to solve: Diamond Heist, The Bomb, and The Haunting. The first two are intense, rushed games based off action while The Haunting offers a scary experience where you go in as a paranormal investigator proving whether or not the site is haunted. The cost is $28 per person and teams can range from two to eight.
The Escape South Florida
The Escape South Florida has some fun, challenging rooms. In "Nightmare in the Gardens" you have to escape the cold, bloody basement of a serial killer who's ready to make you his next torture victim. In the "Through the Looking Glass" game you have to help Alice escape the trippy, whimsical world of Wonderland. Both are quite creepy but very fun. Teams are from one to eight players and the cost is $27 per person.
Count Down Escape Games
From easiest to hardest the rooms at Count Down are Bust the Bank, Not-so Funhouse, and Suite Escape. The Not-so Funhouse is not for you if you don't like clowns or blood. Try the Suite Escape room based off the haunted Cartier Hotel and see if you can get out- only 15% of players have yet. Cost is $30 a person and rooms vary from two to ten players.
Try-N-Escape offers three mind-bending tests: Hang ‘em High, Monkey See, and Sarah’s Got a Secret. You'll have to really pay attention to detail in these rooms as they're known to be challenging. Sarah's Got a Secret is especially eerie and dark, but not in a haunted kind of way. Teams can be from two to ten and it's $30 a person.