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STARTING LOCATION: Anywhere near the JPMorgan Chase Tower

An outlaw is on the loose, wreaking havoc and causing mayhem all over Magnolia City. The townsfolk are looking to you, the new Sheriff, to restore order to their town. Can you track her down and bring the infamous Magnolia Mae to justice? Search for clues, solve puzzles, and explore Houston on this unforgettable escape room adventure!

  • Open your clue box anywhere near the JPMorgan Chase Tower to start your adventure.
  • Begin solving using anything you see in the box. Scan the QR code to input your solution and find out where to go.
  • Search for real-world clues hidden around Downtown Houston and use them to solve puzzles. When you input the correct code, the app will tell you where to go and what to do!
  • If you get stuck, the no-download app has as many hints as you need. It also has storyline, videos, and more.
  • Play at your own pace. There's no penalty for hints and no one gets timed out.
  • Lockbox with a real lock
  • Clue envelopes that are locked until you're told otherwise!
  • Other fun clue items, like sheriff badge and metal coins
  • QR codes to access the web-based app (no download required)
  • A pen
  • PLAYING TIME: 1.5-3 hours depending on experience level and how much you eat, drink, and explore along the way
  • WALKING DISTANCE: Less than a mile around Downtown Houston
  • PLAYERS PER BOX: We suggest 2-6 so that everyone can share the clues, but it's completely up to you. You can even play alone!
  • DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Adjustable. There's no penalty for hints, so you can take them frequently or challenge yourself.
  • WHO CAN PLAY: Fun for all ages. Perfect for date nights, family outings, friend groups, tourists, and anyone looking for a fun outdoor escape room in Houston.
  • GOOD TO KNOW: Because of clue accessibility, don't play before 10:45am.


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  • Caitlyn Davis


    This is one of THE BEST games me and my boyfriend have ever done!! We absolutely love seeing new things and doing escape rooms and this ties all that into one!! We did the Houston box and there was plenty of things to see and do! In addition to the things to see and do that the game brought us to, the puzzles we came across themselves were just the right amount of challenging, not too easy, but not too difficult either. We were able to complete the game without any hints 🙂
    If you are looking for a fun way to explore a city, THIS is the way to do it!!!! 10 out of 10 recommend 🙂

  • Natalie

    So much fun!!

    It was sooo much fun!! There was a clue where we were a little stumped but the hints were great!! We played the game with our 3 daughters ages 12-15 and had such a fun time!! I’ve already had two of my friends purchase it to play it as well with their kids. This also would have been a great time with some friends. I also love the fact one of the clues was in a restaurant, we were able to take a little break and had lunch there. What a great game and idea!! Thank you again for the fun adventure and great memories!!

  • Anonymous

    Worth it!

    Worth it! Great activity!!! Gets you out of the house and exploring the city. Can’t wait to do another one.
    Love this activity. Did it with my family and it got everyone out of the house and exploring the city! Great clues and easy step by step directions.

  • DigitalStarworks

    Great Time!!!!

    Our family of six loved it!!! Had a great time tracking down the clues in Downtown Houston!!! Can’t wait for the next adventure!!

  • Amazon Customer

    Fun Mystery Escape Room Game for Houston

    Our family opted for a vacation in Houston, and we decided to try out the Escapely Adventure Box – Downtown Houston. The game cleverly integrated various Houston locations as clues, many of which conveniently aligned with our planned destinations as they were nearby. This resulted in an enjoyable combination of exploring museums, the aquarium, amusement parks, etc, while also solving this mystery. The game significantly enhanced our sightseeing experience.

    The core premise of the Houston game revolves around assuming the role of a sheriff in pursuit of the outlaw Magnolia Mae. While my expectations were modest, the game pleasantly surprised me. Its simplicity allowed even young children to understand and enjoy the adventure, actively participating in solving clues. In moments of uncertainty, the game can provide hints to keep the momentum going. To access the game, a mobile device is required, and you can download their app by scanning the QR code on the box. The gameplay blends components from the Escapely Adventure Box with clues unlocked through your smartphone or tablet scanning specific items scattered throughout Houston.
    On the whole, the concept behind the Houston game is commendable. I’m optimistic about its potential for success and the prospect of expanding to other cities for more exciting “escape” experiences.

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About the escape room game

This escape room adventure around Downtown Houston takes the best parts of an escape room and the best parts of a scavenger hunt and merges them into the most fun thing to do in Houston. You get to search for clues hidden in the real world and then use them to solve escape room puzzles. When you solve for a code, the app will tell you where to go look for your next clue! Instead of trying to escape the room, an Escapely adventure takes you to find clues around Downtown Houston.

This real world escape room is the most unique escape room in Houston. It takes you on a clue-solving adventure around Downtown Houston to find clues, solve puzzles, and follow an immersive storyline. If you want to keep the experience a surprise, don't read this next bit - it contains some spoilers about where you'll go on our Houston escape room adventure and what you'll see along the way.

Escapely's Houston escape room begins with an appeal from the Mayor to help track down notorious outlaw Magnolia Mae, who has been terrorizing the townsfolk. As the new Sheriff in town, you'll need to work quickly to take down the outlaw and restore order. Your adventure starts at The Understory, an underground food hall with big open stairs where you can sit to solve puzzles. Your next clue is the Miro sculpture "Personage and Birds" in Houston's JPMorgan Chase Tower plaza. You will also get to stop by Moonshiners, a rustic bar and restaurant that serves Southern fare. Many players stop here for a bite to eat before continuing!

Next you head to Main Street to look for a clue outside of a building. Main Street is worth checking out anyway, with many shops, bars, and restaurants. It's the epicenter of Downtown Houston. Our Houston escape room ends at the historic Market Square Park, the site of the original City Hall - fitting for this escape room's theme. If you're with kids, there are other Downtown Houston attractions worth checking out afterward, such as the Aquarium. Discovery Green is also nearby with 12 acres of park space, green areas, and even a skating rink.

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Downtown Houston is a vibrant area with arts, culture, and food. Houston is typically known as a sprawling city that requires driving to get anywhere. However, Downtown Houston is completely walkable, making it the perfect place for an outdoor escape room adventure. Thanks to Art Blocks Houston, vacant storefronts on Main Street have been transformed through color and bold design. The performing arts are alive and well, and Avenida Houston provides a range of experiences. It's an exciting place to explore!
It's both! In a traditional escape room you must solve puzzles that lead from one to the next to escape the room (or a series of rooms). In Escape the City you must solve puzzles that lead from one to the next, with clues all around Downtown Houston!
There is plenty of parking in Downtown Houston. We recommend finding a lot near the JP Morgan Chase Tower if you would like to park near the first clue. Otherwise, anywhere in Downtown Houston will do. The METRORail also goes right down Main Street.
There is one clue located indoors (but not in a specific business) and another clue in a business. You will not need to make a purchase (though we recommend trying the food!). You just need to enter to find a the clue. All other clues are outside and publicly accessible!
It's a self-guided adventure around Downtown Houston for couples, families, individuals, friend groups, and anyone else looking for a fun thing to do in Houston!