By Liz Johnson
Even in the midst of a pandemic you can indulge your inner Sherlock Holmes. Several escape rooms are offering private escapes just for you, your family or your bubble. Check into some of these local places to get out, without getting away. Call or check the website before you go, as many places require a reservation and some locations are still on hold.
Part virtual reality, part mystery, Escape Rooms are popping up in the most unlikely spots. Escape Room players are told a story line, then given a series of puzzles to solve and clues to unlock a mystery. They’re then shut into a room that’s transformed to look like a speakeasy or laboratory or another planet and given 60 minutes to solve them all. They can leave at any time, although once out, they can’t go back in.
Each story line is custom to the individual Escape Room. Here are a few local venues to get you started:
Expedition Escape! (Private Parties and Digital Experience)
668 Bethlehem Pike
Expedition escape is currently offering private reservations, meaning you will never be locked in a room with strangers. The immersive experience in rooms like the Lucky Dice Diner are memorable for the amazing set pieces. If you really want to stay in they offer online escape rooms that you can play at home such as Bank Heist and Houdini’s Last Mystery.
Amazing Escape Room (Private Parties and Digital Experience)
1020 W. 8th Avenue
King of Prussia, PA
With unique attractions like a submarine escape and an escape room/axe throwing combo there are a few unique features at Amazing Escape Room. They too offer digital experiences for those who aren’t ready to get away just yet.
Escape Room Center (Private Parties)
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
One of the largest Escape Rooms in the area, Bridgewater’s Escape Room Center offers six different rooms with historic story lines that vary in difficulty from beginner to advanced. Some are ideal for as few as two players up to eight players. From locating the Lost Jewel of Zanzibar to escaping from Blackbeard’s Brig, players will be challenged to find their way out – alive.
Doylestown Escape Room (Private Party/Small Group)
140 S Main St, Doylestown, PA 18901
Started by Doylestown residents Heather and Jack Dugan who fell in love with the game after playing it on a family vacation in Texas, the Doylestown Escape Room has found a home in a historic Doylestown on South Main Street in the borough with six escape rooms and a designated party space. All bookings are currently done online and there are no walk-ins.
All in Adventure Escape Room (Private Room)
707 Neshaminy Mall, Space 672
Bensalem, PA 19020
Dangerously fun and challenging. Find hidden clues and solve complex muzzles to escape before the 50 minute timer runs out. With nine different rooms to chose from there are rooms for all ages and skill levels. A few rooms include escape from a zombie apocalypse in Paris and avert a prisoner uprising at Alcatraz.
Space Escapes (Temporarily Closed)
361 NJ-31 Building C Suite 704
A deadly rescue mission leaves a crew fighting for their lives against an evil artificial intelligence in order to find their way home. Players will be solving puzzles, decoding messages, and wracking their brain for clues all while the timer continues to count down to doom. Grab four to eight family members or close friends to see if you have what it takes to emerge, home free, from this Escape Room.