By Jennifer Farnsworth
A new Lake George attraction, Escape LG, provides its customers an opportunity to experience adventures like being on an African safari, visiting a speakeasy, being on a pirate ship, or make their way through a haunted forest—all indoors within the confines of its building.
The attraction also has themed mystery rooms that require visitors to think their way through an adventure.
Owners Evan and Beth Jalazo said the these interactive adventures have been well received since the Memorial Day grand opening.
“We have seen people of all ages looking for a new experience. We are so excited to be here,” said Beth Jalazo.
Escape LG is at 14 Beach Road, across the street from the public docks.
Jalazo said she, her husband and their two daughters, are all from Long Island But Jalazo said she has been visiting the area since she was six years old. She said and her husband worked in the finance industry for thirty years before deciding to make a change.
“We made the move to leave the corporate world and start our own business,” said Jalazo.
The family thought bringing in something different, something interactive, would be a good addition to the area. Their first weekend was proof to them they made a good choice after having a good amount of visitors, who all gave them positive feedback.
Escape LG has four themed escape rooms: The Lost Jewel of Zanzibar, The Lucky Duck Speakeasy, Blackbeard’s Brig, and What Happened in Raven Woods. Players are put into these “locked” theme rooms and must put their minds together in order to navigate their way out. A game master is stationed in a control room where he or she watches players find clues and navigate through the room in order to escape.
Jalazo said the rooms are not actually locked and players may exit the game at any time. Each adventure takes 60 minutes and players may ask their game master for clues—a series of things such as codes and puzzles—to get through successfully.
Jalazo said the rooms are not called “escapes” for no reason. Players actually feel like they are in each scene. Each adventure is based on a story, so it feels as if players are part of a true adventure. She said that people really have to work with whoever they enter the room with, so it creates a team-building effect.
“We have had corporate groups, kids, families, young adults and bachelor and bachelorette parties, all coming in and working together, “ said Jalazo.
Escape LG is open every day and from noon to 10 p.m. through October. The recommended amount of players is six to eight, but both smaller and larger groups may play.
Reservations can be made at www.escapelg.com, or call 518-668-2900 for more information.