Audubon Aquarium set to open new shark-themed escape room in October

A new shark-themed escape room, called “Escape Extinction: Sharks,” will surface at Audubon Aquarium in October.

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.

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Photo courtesy: Escape Extinction: Sharks

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 12 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.

Guests are encouraged achieve higher ranks with each visit.

Andrew Preble, founder of Escape My Room, says the attraction is “similar to an escape room but much more cinematic and family friendly.”

“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,” Preble said.

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.”

audubon aquarium escape room
Photo courtesy: Escape Extinction: Sharks

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While each group may have a different experience based on skill levels, the game is designed to challenge both kids and adults. However, Audubon says the experience is not recommended for children age 5 and under. The experience can accommodate a group of 12 every 15 minutes. For groups larger than 12, it is recommended to split into multiple groups.

“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 the escape room.

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.

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