San Jose


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STARTING LOCATION: We suggest Bijan Bakery & Cafe at 170 S Market St

A mysterious murder. Six Suspects. A string of clues. Investigate the evidence to eliminate crime locations and check alibis until you can make an accusation. Do you have what it takes to put the pieces together and crack the case? Search for clues, solve puzzles, and explore Downtown San Jose on this unforgettable escape room adventure!

  • Open your clue box near Bijan Bakery & Cafe at 170 S Market St to begin 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 Jose 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 magnifying glass and handkerchief
  • QR codes to access the web-based app (no download required)
  • A pen
  • IMPORTANT: All games in the Whodunnit 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 1.75 miles around downtown San Jose.
  • 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 San Jose.


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About the escape room game

This escape room adventure around downtown San Jose 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 the South Bay. 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 San Jose to track down clues and crack the case!

This real world escape room is the most unique escape room in San Jose. It takes you on a clue-solving adventure 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 Escapely's South Bay escape room adventure and what you'll see along the way.

In Escapely's San Jose escape room, you're a detective tasked with solving a mysterious murder. You must find clues and track suspects around the downtown area. (The clues are in the real world, but the suspects are on our app.) The game begins at the Man of Fire sculpture, a concrete table inlaid with items like bronze farm tools, photos, and text. It pays tribute to Dr. Ernesto Galarza, an activist and a professor at San Jose State University, among other schools. Next, you'll head to a wall in the area featuring important moments in San Jose's history. Learn about some of these moments while you solve the escape room puzzle.

One of the most fun clues in the San Jose escape room is a giant Monopoly board in a small park downtown. It even holds the Guiness Book of World Records record for largest Monopoly board. While you won't need to play Monopoly to solve the puzzle, it's a neat opportunity and photo op. Your next stop is San Pedro Square, where you can sometimes find a bustling farmer's market. This historic area is the site of the original settlement El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe and even has one remaining structure. Finally, search for clues in the Parade of Floats public art installation. Each of the 16 floats conveys a theme from San Jose's identity. This outdoor escape room is the perfect way to explore San Jose on foot and learn more about the rich history of the area.

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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 San Jose, the clues are different than all other Whodunnit games. But the puzzles will feel familiar.
Downtown San Jose is the central business district of the city, but is also an excellent place to walk around. There are restaurants, bars, theaters, parks, fountains, and museums. It's also one of the largest clusters of tech companies in Silicon Valley. It's a compact downtown area, so an outdoor escape room is the perfect way to explore it. After you play, you can check out the Tech Interactive, a science and technology museum with hands-on exhibits for families. We also suggest checking out the Plaza de César Chávez, an urban park with green spaces and fountains in the central downtown area. Sometimes there are outdoor concerts and on other days it's a great place for adults and families to relax. There are many restaurants and eateries in the area if you're hungry after you finish the escape room.
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 San Jose!
Park close to Con Azucar Cafe at 101 E Santa Clara St to be close to the end of the game route. However, anywhere in downtown San Jose will be accessible as the downtown area is quite compact.
You will not need to enter any businesses to play this San Jose escape room. All clues are publicly accessible.
It's a self-guided adventure around downtown San Jose for couples, families, individuals, friend groups, and anyone else looking for a fun thing to do in San Jose.