Breaking the “fourth wall” in theatre has been around for a while, but intentionally allowing the audience to jump into the storyline and participate is a newer concept for most of us in Minnesota. Escape Rooms are popping up all over the United States, making them one of the biggest trends in entertainment today. So what is an Escape Room and how does Park Escape fit into the trend?
The average Escape Room hosts 6-10 people, per room, for approximately an hour. The group is escorted into a themed, totally decorated room and given a storyline with a time requirement. Your Escape Room host locks you into this room, wishes you “good luck” and leaves you with a group of friends - or strangers - to the task of decoding clues and solving puzzles. The object of the game: find the key or keys to get out of the room before your hour is up. Consider it “game night” on steroids with a little something for everyone!
If you are a puzzle solver, you will enjoy the themes and storylines aligned to ciphers, riddles, and puzzles. Do you have a high compete level? The time restraint can put on just enough pressure to give you a bit of a buzz. If you are more of a watcher than a puzzle solver, no worries! The hour will still fly by as you enjoy time with friends and family through laughter, teamwork, and the feeling of accomplishing something together (unless you don’t get out of the room in time, then…. you will most definitely have a great story to tell for years to come). Escape Rooms seem to have something for every personality hidden in its active adventure game style.
The HIKEhoppers Park Escape is no different in its gaming style. It will bring you together with friends and family, set you up with a storyline, and challenge you to decode puzzles, ciphers, and riddles. The twist is Park Escape takes advantage of our local county parks. Participants engage in a physical adventure game while hiking a specific trail - same concept, more movement, and a little different look to the puzzles as you need to be on the move to complete the trail in the allotted time frame.
Park Escape will be held at Wildwood County Park located near Milk and Honey Cider House. The HIKEhoppers and Milk and Honey Teams have come together to provide Park Escape participants with an added option to help you and your friends celebrate your escape from the woods. A discounted Milk and Honey drink ticket will be given to each participant over 21 after completing one of the three Park Escape trails. Park Escape will run on October 19, 20, 21, & 22 and October 26, 27, 28, & 29. Come join us! Enjoy engaging your brain and your body as you take in the beauty of the fall weather that Minnesota has to offer you.
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