San Francisco


(9 reviews)
STARTING LOCATION: Anywhere near Lotta’s Fountain on Kearny St

You’re just on the verge of completing your revolutionary anti-earthquake device…when you feel a tremor. Fate is in your hands and you must work as quickly as possible. Can you finish your invention in time to save the city? Search for clues, solve puzzles, and explore San Francisco on this unforgettable escape room adventure!

  • Open your clue box anywhere near Lotta’s Fountain on Kearny Street 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 San Francisco 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 magnets and a scanner
  • 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 2 miles around SOMA, ending at the Embarcadero (mostly downhill route)
  • 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 San Francisco.


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  • Gerald Et Mayder GAINANT

    Funny and instructive game - DO IT!!!!!!!!

    We were skeptical about the box, as we were used to playing this kind of game in an “escape room”. But surprisingly, we really enjoyed discovering the Soma district through riddles, challenges and reflection. In fact, we discovered several squares, parks and monuments thanks to the game.

    It took my husband and I at least 4 hours to complete the game (with 2 stops for a good margarita!!). We found some of the levels interesting, sometimes tricky and sometimes devious or difficult, like finding all the names of the cities in the Ferry Building in SF at the end of the game. We needed help, so we called on the people around us, and they were happy to be part, a little bit, of each puzzle.

    We were like children every time we solved a puzzle. It just goes to show how involved and focused we were on the game. It was a great time.

  • DCRB

    Great fun for the whole family!

    We received this game as a Christmas gift and had an incredible time running around San Francisco to save it from an earthquake! All 5 of us (my daughters are aged 20 through 26) had a great time solving the puzzles. I loved the blend of the real-world physical clues and how they were woven into the game puzzles. I’m buying one to gift to another friend after having played this myself!

  • Maria Barak

    Great time!

    We had an amazing time! In total there were 8 of us, 3 adults and 5 teenage girls and we all had a blast! Thought the clues were just the right difficulty (only used the hint twice) and overall thought it was clever and fun. We finished the game in about 3.5 hours with a break for a snack.

  • Tamara M

    The Amazing Escape

    Challenging, puzzle solving, head scratching, get closer to your city, and share fun experiences with close people. AND get your steps in for the day in an enjoyable way. We’ll be talking about this for a long time. Can’t wait to get some as gifts.

  • Christopher Kusek


    I love me an escape room in a box and this set being thematic based on different cities is really cool. I opted for San Francisco and when I saw the lock in the box it immediately floored me!

    This kit is pretty cool and something that can make for a really fun game night! Playability can be impacted by opening up the sealed envelopes so that can impact that replay ability, but don’t let that impact you enjoying the moment that you do play with it!

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About the escape room game

This escape room adventure around SOMA and the Embarcadero area 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 San Francisco. 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 SOMA and the Embarcadero.

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

Escapely's San Francisco escape room begins with a tremor. Your anti-earthquake device is almost finished, but now it looks like you'll need to scramble to complete it in time before the big quake! We recommend starting near Lotta’s Fountain on Kearny Street, which is close to your first clue. You will travel through SOMA to the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens and walk right by the SOMA bar Local Edition if you want to stop in for a drink.

You will also find clues at Mission Plaza, Urban Park, and Vaillancourt Fountain. San Francisco is known for being hilly, but we made sure the game route flows downhill so that you can save your energy for the escape room. You will finish up at the SF Ferry Building, where we recommend popping in for a bite to eat. It's right on the Embarcadero if you want to head north and see the seals. If you're playing as a family, there are many things to do in SOMA with kids after the escape room, like the Children's Creativity Museum.

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SOMA is the perfect place for an outdoor escape room. San Francisco is one of the most walkable cities for an escape room played around town, and we made it travels mostly downhill. SOMA is home to the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens, which plays a role in the game. In the park is also a Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, which is definitely worth visiting. The SF MOMA is nearby for art lovers, and the Moscone Center and Oracle Park are both nearby. Escapely's SF escape room ends at the Embarcadero, home to the Ferry Building with its iconic clock tower. If you're playing on a weekend, the farmer's market will be in full swing. But even if you miss it, the food options in the Ferry Building are vast. A little further north, you can catch a ferry to Alcatraz or visit the Exploratorium, San Francisco's science museum.
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 the SOMA and Embarcadero neighborhoods.
This SF escape room starts near Lotta's Fountain and ends at the Ferry Building, so you can park at either end. Street parking and parking garages are available, but tend to be expensive. If public transportation is an option, the San Francisco Caltrain stop is less than a 10 minute ride share trip from the start of the game.
There is one location that you will need to enter at the end of the game, but you will not need to make a purchase or interact with any staff (though we recommend grabbing something!). It's a publicly accessible building. All other clues are outside around SOMA.
It's a self-guided adventure around SOMA and ending at the Embarcadero for couples, families, individuals, friend groups, and anyone else looking for a fun thing to do in San Francisco!