New York City
Central Park


(14 reviews)
STARTING LOCATION: Anywhere near the Met steps (you may want to bring a picnic lunch!)

The Queen of Hearts has cast a curse over Wonderland and time is running out. Alice and her friends desperately need you to find the counterspell and uncover an object of power to complete it. Do you have what it takes to break her curse before nightfall? Search for clues, solve puzzles, and explore New York City’s Central Park on this unforgettable escape room adventure!

  • Open your clue box anywhere near the Met 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 Central Park 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 a necklace and a playing card
  • 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: About 1.5 miles around Central Park
  • 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 Central Park.
  • GOOD TO KNOW: Grab a picnic lunch! Throughout the game the app will suggest a few spots to stop and eat.


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  • Max M

    So much fun!

    I did it with my parents who visited from France. We had a blast! I hope they will make more NYC games! Thanks Escapely for the fun! And I love the surprise gift!

  • Matthew Romano

    We saved New York today

    Fun afternoon activity walking through Central Park! Took us 2 hours and we came across a number of other people also doing this at the same time which was fun to see. Hint: it’s more fun without the hints.

  • Malorie L

    Central Park Adventure!

    My boyfriend and I played the Alice in Wonderland Central Park Escapely and really enjoyed it. We’re in a long distance relationship and this was a special and fun way to spend time together.

    The game took us about 2.5 hours, and we thought it was a good level of difficulty. We loved the thought put into all the details and felt very satisfied at the end of the game. We even ran into another group playing the same game right behind us!

    Highly recommend.

  • Jason L

    Perfect Date Idea!

    My wife and I did this adventure in the summer and it ended up being the perfect summer date!

    First about the box and materials, it feels well thought out and designed and high quality. All of the cards feel like memeto worthy to save. It is also not huge, so carrying it around wasn’t a problem.

    The clues themsevles exist in the perfect balance between being too hard or easy. Some of them required thought and exploring, which made the whole process even more exciting. There are also hints for when you get super stuck, which is a nice safety net.

    If you are not in a rush, this box leads you to places that allow you to easily extend the day or take breaks. That was an added bonus. My wife knows Central Park well and still had an absolute blast.

    My favorite part about this was that it was self paced. At the time, my wife was pregnant, so us taking a break at any moment was never an issue.

    I genuinely hope to see more of these locally so that we can adventure to another area!

  • Nelli Spektor

    Really Fun!!

    The Central Park game really surpassed my expectations! Really fun time, good for tourists and locals alike. Make sure you pick a day with nice weather, not too hot or cold and you will definitely enjoy your time

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About the escape room game

This escape room adventure around Central Park 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 NYC. You get to search for clues hidden in the real world - right in Central Park - 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 around New York City's famous Central Park near the 79th Street entrance on the Upper East Side.

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

Escapely's New York escape room begins with an invitation to the Queen of Heart's royal tea party - but you quickly learn that the Queen has cursed Alice and all of Wonderland, and it's up to you to break that curse. We suggest starting on the Met steps where you have some space to sit down and solve. As you crack codes and advance throughout the escape game, you'll find clues at Greywacke Arch, Belvedere Castle, and the Shakespeare Garden. A fun stretch of the game takes you through the Ramble, a wooded part of Central Park. Then you'll cross Bow Bridge and continue to Bethesda Fountain and Bethesda Terrace.

Finally, of course, since the theme of our New York escape room game is Alice in Wonderland, you'll get to visit the Alice in Wonderland statue by the Central Park boat pond. If you play with kids, they will probably want to stop and climb on the statue. This is a popular spot for proposals and as a matter of fact, we have had several players propose right here after finishing the game! If you didn't stop to have a picnic along the way, this is a perfect spot to end the game.

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New York City escape room FAQ


Central Park is the perfect place for an outdoor escape room. It is filled with beautiful lawns and grassy spaces for picnics. There are so many areas to explore and it's the largest outdoor park space in NYC. There are so many places for escape room clues! If you are with kids, you can stay to enjoy the Central Park Zoo or the carousel, which is one of the best carousels in New York City! If you're there in the spring, Central Park has some of the best cherry blossoms in the country and there are even rowboats you can rent near Bow Bridge. There is literally no bad time of year to explore Central Park!
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 Central Park!
This adventure starts on the Upper East Side near the 79th Street entrance to Central Park. We suggest public transportation, which is the easiest way to get around New York City. If you must drive, park near the Met.
On our New York City escape room, all clues are outdoors and accessible without entering any businesses!
It's a self-guided adventure around Central Park for couples, families, individuals, friend groups, and anyone else looking for a fun thing to do in Central Park.