We have some of Nate’s relatives from St. Louis visiting us this week. As we often do when they come to town we spend a little time being “tourists” in our own city a little bit and find some fun and unique things to do with them. We’ve done some brewery tours with them, mini golf, the Walker Sculpture gardens and the State Fair. Last night we found something fun and new to all of us – Trapped Puzzle Rooms in St. Paul!
Trapped Puzzle Rooms are Escape type rooms, but the one we did wasn’t a typical Escape Room. It was a puzzle to solve and it was Harry Potter themed! I can’t give you specific details about everything because they want to keep it secret obviously for anyone who might come to do it, but I can give a general overview of what we did.
They recommend you arrive about 15 minutes early. They’ll have you sign a waiver and then they explain what is going to take place. The nice thing about this particular puzzle room is that if you need to step out to use the restroom or take a break, you are not locked in and can do so, but they do say you might miss something if you do so it’s not recommended, but it’s nice to know you have the option just in case.
Our mission was set in Albus Dumbledore’s office. Sadly we learn that he has passed away but that he has left his most prized wand for us and we need to solve the puzzle to find it. We were led into the room and it was done up so well. Then it was up to us to work together as a team to solve puzzles and clues to figure out where the wand was hidden in the room. There were plenty of interactive things. The puzzle room staff can see us and hear us and would offer clues periodically or if we wanted a hint we could motion to them that we needed one.
We solved the puzzle and found the wand in about 56 minutes! You are given an hour to do it, so we felt pretty good that we solved it in less time!
It was really fun to do with our family. It is recommended you go in with at least a group of four, but I was glad there was eight of us. It would also be a great team building activity for a work group or for a group of friends to go do. I would definitely consider going and doing something like this again!
And afterward we treated ourselves to beers and burgers at Shamrocks not far from where we were. It was a nice cap to the evening. We may have been a little silly with a photo booth at the end of the night too. We had named our team “Forced Family Fun” at the puzzle room, but I think we could take the word forced out of there. We had fun. We ARE fun. And maybe a little crazy. I’ll never tell.
If you go:
Trapped Puzzle Rooms 561 Snelling Avenue St. Paul, MN www.trappedpuzzlerooms.com
Shamrocks Bar and Grill 995 W 7th Street St. Paul, MN www.crnook.com
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