Audubon Aquarium opens a new interactive, shark-themed escape room

A new shark-themed escape room, called “Escape Extinction: Sharks,” is set to surface at Audubon Aquarium on June 12.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas teams up with Escape My Room to open the new, family-friendly interactive experience, the aquarium announced via a release.

Escape Extinction: Sharks
A new experience presented by Escape My Room located at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Photo courtesy: Audubon Aquarium

The new addition will be located in the lobby of Entergy Giant Screen Theater, where the mission is to save sharks from going extinct.

Groups up to 10 people will get “briefed on the mission” from staff members. While all guests will get to complete the mission, with help from Aquarium staff, a rank will be assigned “based on performance,” the release says.

Escape Extinction: Sharks
A new experience presented by Escape My Room located at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Photo courtesy: Audubon Aquarium

Guests are encouraged achieve higher ranks with each visit.

“Working with Audubon to develop this attraction has been a really great experience. The whole mission is to make guests aware of declining shark populations, and to help them realize what sharks are doing for us and what we can do to help sharks,” said Andrew Preble, founder of Escape My Room.

Escape Extinction: Sharks
A new experience presented by Escape My Room located at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Photo courtesy: Audubon Aquarium

Here’s the premise of the new escape room according to Audubon Aquarium:

“The journey begins at the dock of the sleepy fishing community of Port de la Porte as guests board the SS Audubon, an advanced research vessel operated by H.A.R.T. (Human Animal Rescue Team). Guided by a captain, guests will experience different interactive areas filled with games and puzzles. Guests will need to save the sharks, and board the escape pod to complete the mission. As the pod returns, guests will learn how to save sharks in their everyday lives. The mission will take about an hour, but guests can leave at any time through specially marked exit doors.”

Escape Extinction: Sharks
A new experience presented by Escape My Room located at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Photo courtesy: Audubon Aquarium

The mission is designed to be challenging and fun for all ages. Each individual or group may have a different experience based on collective skill level. Children under 12 require adult supervision. The experience can accommodate a group of 10 every 15 minutes. For groups larger than 10, it is recommended to split into multiple groups.

Escape Extinction: Sharks
A new experience presented by Escape My Room located at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Photo courtesy: Audubon Aquarium

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“As an educator, this is important to me. This is a new take on an escape room and it lets families come inside, learn about sharks, play puzzles and games. I can’t think of a better way to learn about shark conservation,” Brenda Walkenhorst, director of education projects at Audubon Nature Institute, said.

Guests do not need to purchase a ticket to the Aquarium to participate in Escape Extinction.

Tickets can be purchased online or at any Audubon Nature Institute ticketing booth. Non-members two and up $23.95, members two and up $19.95.

Combination Aquarium and Escape Extinction tickets are available, adult $49.95, children $41.95 and seniors $44.95.

For full details about the experience, visit www.escape-extinction.com.