Downtown East


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STARTING LOCATION: We recommend Spyhouse Coffee Roasters on 215 S 4th Street

Trust no one. A ring of double agents has infiltrated the Chronos Agency and it’s up to you to go undercover and expose them. Can you track them down before it’s too late? Search for clues, solve puzzles, and explore Minneapolis on this unforgettable escape room adventure!

  • Open your clue box at or near the Spyhouse Coffee Roasters on 215 S 4th St.
  • 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 Minneapolis 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 spy glasses, a passport, and an ID card
  • QR codes to access the web-based app (no download required)
  • A pen
  • IMPORTANT: All games in the Spyhunter series have the same storyline and similar puzzles. Clues are different but solves will be familiar.
  • PLAYING TIME: 1.5-3 hours depending on experience level and how much you eat, drink, and explore along the way
  • WALKING DISTANCE: About 2 miles around downtown Minneapolis
  • 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 around Minneapolis.


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  • Kittytango

    Great walking puzzle tour of Minneapolis

    We had a great time doing this puzzle box. We’re a group of experienced escape room folks with over 300 rooms under our belt. Now this wasn’t a typical escape room as it was a box full of puzzles that you actually complete while walking locations in a city with ours being in Minneapolis. We’re local so we were very familiar with the locations we visited and there were a series of puzzles associated with otherwise innocuous items in the area, which was super cool to have that physical aspect that you could never get in a room itself. The puzzles were logical and somewhat challenging. If your newer to escape rooms, no worries because there was a series of clues with increasing clarity on the puzzle if you need it. This would be a fun experience for a local or someone traveling to the twin cities. Also a great gift for a puzzler or escape artist in your life. We actually enjoyed this so much that we bought the Chicago version for the next time we travel there! I love that the boxes give you suggestions for restaurants or food trucks nearby and lead you to some very cool sites in the city. Now if you do the Minneapolis one, I would suggest you take a little aside and make sure you hit the stone arch bridge as well. It’s one of my favorite things in the city, but you’ll get taken by the mill district and get to check out the football stadium! I highly recommend trying out this experience and enjoying a fun afternoon with your friends solving puzzles!!

  • Minnesota Mama

    Great family fun!

    My 12-year-old and I spent four hours in our hometown of Minneapolis, working together and being creative and just enjoying each other’s company. It’s getting harder to find things he and I can do together, and this was perfect. Please create another Minneapolis adventure!

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About the escape room game

This escape room adventure around Downtown East and the Mill District 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 Minneapolis. 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, this Escapely adventure takes you around Minneapolis to track down clues and expose double agents!

This real world escape room is the most unique escape room in Minneapolis. It takes you on a clue-solving adventure around the Mill District 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 Minneapolis escape room adventure and what you'll see along the way.

In Escapely's Minneapolis escape room, you are a top secret spy tasked with exposing a ring of double agents threatening to take down the agency. We suggest starting at a Spyhouse Coffee Roasters close to your first clue so that you can sit down and solve the first puzzle. Note that there are several Spyhouse Coffee Roasters in Minneapolis so be sure to check the address given to you on the app. You will then travel to find a clue at the Mill City Museum, which is built in the ruins of an old flour mill and worth a visit in its own right. You'll walk right by the iconic and historic Gold Medal Flour signs, which are located right on the river and remind viewers of one of the most recognizable Minneapolis brands. You will also get to search for clues in Gold Medal Park! About half of the game takes place in the Mill District.

The escape room will take you right up to the US Bank Football stadium where the Minnesota Vikings play. Depending on your penchant for crowds, you may want to play your escape room around football game days! It isn't required, but one option to end the game and play the last puzzle is to visit the food trucks at The Commons, a huge park in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. If you have time, you can stick around for outdoor movies and musical performances when the weather is nice in the summer. Another great option is to bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the green spaces in The Commons after you play.

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Minneapolis escape room FAQ


Yes, but it is not generally recommended unless you are a serious escape room enthusiast. It would be like playing an escape room that has the same storyline and similar puzzles, but with different clues available. Because the clues are integrated within downtown Minneapolis, the clues are different from all other Spyhunter games. But the puzzles will feel familiar.
Downtown East is a thriving and desirable area of Minneapolis with many coffee shops, restaurants, and parks. The largest is the Commons, which is a 4.2 acre green oasis in the middle of the city. In the summer, you can view outdoor movies and concerts, as well as watch the many amateur sports leagues that use the park fields. It is much more than just a business district, with museums, art galleries, and literary attractions. Most important, it's a great and safe area to walk around while playing an escape room game. On Saturdays, you can visit the Mill City Famers Market before or after the game to grab a picnic lunch and enjoy afterward at the Commons! For a great photo opportunity, head to the Instagrammable Stone Arch Bridge.
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 in the real world. It's one of the best things to do in Minneapolis!
There is metered parking all over downtown Minneapolis, in addition to parking garages. You will want to park in Downtown East, but anywhere near the Vikings Stadium will keep you central to the escape room route.
There are no indoor clues in our Minneapolis escape room game. Everything is publicly accessible.
It's a self-guided adventure around Downtown East for couples, families, individuals, friend groups, and anyone else looking for a fun thing to do in Minneapolis.