Get lost in the number ONE escape room in the US, 13th Gate Escape

I sat down with the owner of 13th Gate Escape to hear about the facility. Then, the WAFB team and I tested our puzzle skills in the Cutthroat Cavern.

Can you imagine being locked in a room for an hour? What if, to escape your way out, you had to solve puzzles and find keys?

Well, this is actually a big entertainment attraction called the escape room. And Baton Rouge has one of the best in the world!

13th Gate Escape is a year-round interactive game room experience. Its biggest room called Cutthroat Cavern is ranked the number two escape room in the world and number one in the U.S. by the 2018 Top Escape Rooms Project Enthusiasts.

The room may remind you of some of your favorite movies.

“I wanted people to be a Goonie, to live that movie. Or pirates of the Caribbean. So, of course, I put elements of all of that, but it’s something completely new and unique,” said Midnight Productions owner, Dwayne Sanburn.

Sanburn opened the game rooms four years ago. Now, he manages up to eight uniquely-themed rooms. However, these rooms are no easy task to put together.

“Each room takes about a year to put together. It requires a lot of research and a lot of work,” said Sanburn.

Of course, I had to try this nationally and internationally ranked room with the WAFB team. But, before going in, Sanburn gave some advice.

“Communicate. Work together. Explore your surroundings.  Don’t be afraid to touch things and interact with the environment.”

With a determined spirit, I went into the Cutthroat Cavern with my flashlight and my notepad. 

Turns out, we didn’t finish on time. But, it’s still a great team-building exercise, fun for families, friends, coworkers and even strangers.

Next time, we’ll go back for the new horror-themed room called Asylum. Check out 13th Gate Escape’s other rooms here

Book your great escape

Book a game for any day of the week here. Game slots start at 9:00 am and end at 11:45 pm. You get 60 minutes to complete the room. 

Entry is $28 per person.