Austin Panic Room makes list of best escape rooms in the country

Austin Panic Room has been listed as the seventh-best escape room in the country, according to a new ranking compiled by USA Today travel experts.

The local attraction opened in September 2014 downtown at the corner of 12th and Rio Grande streets and offers a variety of themed rooms, with the themes changing every 10 to 12 months. Currently, you can choose from five themes: Museum Heist, Prison Break, Abandoned School, Cabin Fever and Phase III: Human Trials.

Robert Ma is the brains behind the Austin Panic Room. It has become a popular venue for companies, tourists, friends and family and thrill seekers to participate in solving puzzles and clues in a locked room to decipher the correct answer and “escape” safely RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Robert Ma is the brains behind the Austin Panic Room. It has become a popular venue for companies, tourists, friends and family and thrill seekers to participate in solving puzzles and clues in a locked room to decipher the correct answer and “escape” safely RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

According to USA Today, the top 10 best escape rooms in the country are:

  1. Real Escape Game – San Francisco
  2. Mission: Escape – Atlanta
  3. Palace Games – San Francisco
  4. Locked In: The Birmingham Escape Game – Birmingham, Ala.
  5. Breakout KC – Kansas City, Mo.
  6. House of Hints – San Diego
  7. Austin Panic Room – Austin
  8. Room Escape Live – Los Angeles
  9. Trapology – Boston
  10. The Basement – Los Angeles

Owner Robert Ma said he got the idea to open Austin Panic Room after visiting an escape room on a trip to London.

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