How to Make the Most Out of Your First Escape Room Experience

If you're reading this, it means you're thinking about giving escape rooms a try. We think that's a great idea!

Escape rooms are a fun and unique way to spend an afternoon or evening with friends, family, or even co-workers. But if you've never done one before, the whole concept can seem a bit daunting.

We're here to help!

Read on for our beginner's guide to escape rooms.

What Are Escape Rooms?

An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players are locked in a room and have to use clues, props, and elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles to escape before time runs out. Sound fun? That's because it is! But if you've never done one before, it can be helpful to know a few things before going in.

Here are some basics:

1. Most escape rooms can accommodate between 2 and 8 people.

2. You usually have 45 minutes to complete the challenge.

3. You'll want to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes—you'll be doing a lot of moving around!

4. Escape rooms are great for groups of friends, family members, or co-workers— anyone who likes working together to solve puzzles and overcome challenges.

5. There's no need to be worried about being claustrophobic—you won't be actually locked in the room (although it may feel like it at times!) There is always a way to leave the room if you need to take a break.
Woman leaning on bed and man kneeling on floor looking for clues

“…take some time to look around and familiarize yourself with your surroundings…”

Now that you know what an escape room is (and isn't), you might be wondering how best to prepare for your first experience. Here are a few tips:

1. Come up with a team name—it'll make the experience more fun!

2. Arrive 15 minutes early so that you can get settled in and get any last-minute instructions from the staff.

3. Once you're in the room, take some time to look around and familiarize yourself with your surroundings—you never know when that information will come in handy.

4....And most importantly, HAVE FUN! That's what escape rooms are all about!
Two adults and two children having an amazing time at Lockdown Ottawa Escape room

It’s your game! Ask for hints or do it all yourself, the most important thing is to have fun with your team!

“…HAVE FUN! That’s what escape rooms are all about! ”

Come Try An Escape Room

Escape rooms can be a unique outing that you just have to experience for yourself!

At Lockdown Ottawa, we painstakingly create our indoor and outdoor escape room adventures so that they are not only challenging but engaging. From Trudeau Towers to CarnEvil, there is something at Lockdown for everyone and anyone - which is the best part of the escape room experience!
For more on Escape Rooms and to sign-up for a Lockdown Ottawa event for your team, friends, or family, click below!