The Great Escape: My First Escape Room Experience

I’ve been wanting to try an escape room, but been a little hesitant because I was also a tiny bit worried it would trigger some anxiety episode. I’m happy to say not only did I survive without an anxiety attack, but I actually enjoyed myself and want to do one again!


I went to Escapology while visiting family in Huntsville, AL. I just checked their website and saw there’s one right here in Jacksonville! Our team consisted of me, my aunt and cousin. The rooms were kind of small, so three was a really good number of people. You can have a team up to six people, but I think more would have been a little crowded and hectic.

We chose Antidote as our escape room game, and were tasked with finding the antidote to a powerful virus that could be used a chemical weapon. According to the story, one of our team has accidentally knocked over a vial and the virus has infected everyone. We only have one hour to find the antidote before the facility self-destructs!

We watched an intro video and were given the option of requesting three clues. Each clue would add on two minutes to our time. We last about five minutes before requesting a clue. It was a first-time experience for us all, so we didn’t know where to begin, what to look for or what to do.

So here’s my best escape room tip: look EVERYWHERE for clues. Lift things up, look on the top, bottom, sides of things. Each clue will unlock a new part and lead to a new clue. Almost everything has a reason for being there.

I think our team did a good job of working together, and everyone took part in solving the puzzles. We found the antidote with just a minute and half to spare! It was definitely something different to do, and I’d totally want to do it again. I plan on checking out the one here in Jacksonville soon.

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We saved the world from a deadly virus! You’re welcome.

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6 thoughts on “The Great Escape: My First Escape Room Experience

      1. We did a fifties PI solving a murder. So much fun. We also did a zombie one…didn’t like that one as much

    1. I didn’t even have a drink first because I was afraid I’d have to pee, lol. I think I had a tinge of anxiety because I felt like I didn’t do very well on the puzzles, kind of hard to focus under pressure. But now that I know how it all works, I am ready for another! And maybe a glass of wine this time since there is a button you can press at any time if you have to leave and come back 🙂

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