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Port City Escape

Port City Escape Pirate ships. Nuclear fallout. Creepy motels. Civil War Conspiracies. With thrilling scenarios and custom-designed rooms, we offer an immersive escape room experience.

This real-life escape experience locks players inside a themed room as they work as a team to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and clues in order to escape within the 60-minute time limit. Escape Rooms are one of the best ways for families and friends to spend time together and are a perfect team-building activity for co-workers and sports teams! Contact us about special events and private parties!

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THIS WEEKEND!!!! Port City Escape is closing and we have a warehouse full of stuff! Desk, desk chairs, filing cabinets, ...
12/09/2020

THIS WEEKEND!!!! Port City Escape is closing and we have a warehouse full of stuff! Desk, desk chairs, filing cabinets, office supplies, monitors, televisions, escape rooms props, costumes, military signs. We have antique typewriters, clocks, and furniture. There are tools and wood and paneling as well. A TON OF STUFF! Pirate decorations and furniture, military uniforms, metal chairs, household goods (we are moving as a family as well). Solid wood interior doors Christmas lawn items, and more. Please socially distance and wear a mask. The doors to the warehouse will be open to allow for air flow. Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th - from 9 - 3 at 813 S. 16th street. Port City Escape. Park on either side of the building.

We got to know Mark when we did brews and clues at waterline brewery. He was a funny guy and he appears to have impacted...
12/04/2020

We got to know Mark when we did brews and clues at waterline brewery. He was a funny guy and he appears to have impacted so many peoples lives. Prayers for the entire Waterline family.

Our industry and the entire city of Wilmington lost a gem of a human being last night. Absolutely one of the best people we have ever met and will ever know. @markinstantlygrams you’ll be missed friend. Rest easy.
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#heartbroken #gonetoosoon #unofficialmayorofilm #navyveteran #waterlinebrewingco #brewedunderthebridge #raiseoneforma #resteasy

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11/30/2020

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11/30/2020

Today we bring you news that we couldn’t have seen coming just a year ago:

Port City Escape will not be reopening. While we loved running Port City Escape and getting to know so many people in the community, we made the difficult decision to sell the land the building was housed on and move out of the area. These past five years have been incredibly fun, and we loved every minute of owning Port City Escape.

We want to give our sincere thanks to those of you who have supported this local, independent, family business over the years. We can’t express how much it means to us that you chose to spend your time here. It has been our pleasure serving you, and we hope that you will continue to support other small businesses in the future.

This area has several other top notch escape rooms. Our recommendations in the immediate area are The Exit Games and Greenlight Escape Room. Both of these are located in downtown Wilmington. If you’re willing to take a drive, Cracked it! Escape Games in Jacksonville, NC is another great option.

Customers with gift certificates (including Sweet Deals) will receive a refund for the price they paid. To receive a refund, please send an email with a copy (you can forward it or take a photo) of your gift card or confirmation email to [email protected].

All of our best to you; be safe and be well.

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08/21/2020

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08/06/2020

Yesterday afternoon Governor Roy Cooper extended Phase 2 until Sept 9. No indoor amusements. He has specifically included escape rooms in the order. We will continue to count our blessings and hope this puts NC on the right path! Until then stay healthy and we hope to reopen❤️

sincerely,
Kris and Doug Testori

We are still closed due to the Coronavirus!  While we wait to reopen we've been playing lots of Escape room board games....
07/16/2020
Play Our New Digital Game For Free!

We are still closed due to the Coronavirus! While we wait to reopen we've been playing lots of Escape room board games. Here is an online digital adventure game. The best part? It's free!

A Collaboration With Amazon Prime Video Play A New Digital Adventure Game! We've collaborated with Amazon Prime Video to give you an all new digital adventure game for free! The game is set in the universe of HANNA, an Amazon Original series, and can be played right on your phone! Click here to play...

06/27/2020

I am sorry to say we need to wait until phase three to reopen. Here it is - from the Wilmington documents I received. It has been verified that this still remains I. Effect!

Q: Are escape/panic rooms allowed to be open under Phase 2? (Posted May 22, 2020)
A: Under the Governor’s order for Phase 2 of re-opening, an escape room or panic room would be classified as an entertainment facility, just like movie theaters, bingo parlors, bowling alleys, skating rinks, video arcades, amusement parks, and museums. All of those facilities continue to remain closed under the Governor’s order for the remainder of Phase 2.

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05/23/2020

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05/23/2020

Hi. This is Kris at Port City Escape. I have had so many calls and emails asking if we are open. I am sorry to report that we are not allowed to open at this time. When trying to determine if we could reopen we reached out to the City of Wilmington. Here was the response.

"The Port City Escape Room falls into the more general category of an entertainment facility, just like bingo parlors, bowling alleys, skating rinks, video arcades, indoor trampoline and rock climbing facilities, and other similar places which also likely qualify as “participatory event” locations. All of those facilities continue to remain closed under the Governor’s order for the remainder of Phase 2, which is currently scheduled to last until June 26, 2020, so our interpretation of the Governor’s order is that the Port City Escape Room must remain closed as well. I know that this is not what you were hoping to hear, but please feel free to contact me if you have additional specific questions that I can assist you with. With kindest regards."

Yes, we are disappointed but we will comply. During this time we have been busy working on a new room and when we do reopen we have some exciting new offerings!!!"

As always we appreciate your support.

The staff at Port City Escape can't wait until we can reopen. In the meanwhile the below cat sums up how we are feeling!
05/01/2020

The staff at Port City Escape can't wait until we can reopen. In the meanwhile the below cat sums up how we are feeling!

These represent songs of the 80’s see how many u can name 🎤I’ll start with a hint -Heaven is a place on earth 🌍 Go..... ...
04/07/2020

These represent songs of the 80’s see how many u can name 🎤
I’ll start with a hint -
Heaven is a place on earth 🌍

Go..... 🎶

Here is another free escape room experiences. Good news for all of you Harry Potter fans!  https://docs.google.com/forms...
04/01/2020
Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

Here is another free escape room experiences. Good news for all of you Harry Potter fans!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflNxNM0jzbZJjUqOcXkwhGTfii4CM_CA3kCxImbY8c3AABEA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2tvMi0am1rZ8Ms2WAJYuR2zUNYdqHt05gfVrQdH-_ewF_Jf5HHwZasm74

Hello and welcome to our Harry Potter themed Digital Escape Room! You can complete this escape room as a group or as individual. You can compete against friends and try it multiple times. Just make sure you have fun! If you are accessing this through a social media app, we recommend opening this esc...

Ahoy! Had t' pirate this post 'n share it wit' ye hearties! Better to be keepin' yer minds busy wit' good thin's!
03/30/2020

Ahoy! Had t' pirate this post 'n share it wit' ye hearties! Better to be keepin' yer minds busy wit' good thin's!

03/28/2020

TAKE A FREE VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP WHILE PLAYING ESCAPE ROOM STYLE PUZZLES.

The Escape Games has created virtual field trips. The first one is to the Smithsonian. I think this is much more fun then a regular tour of a museum as it combines escape room style puzzles with touring the Smithsonian. Escape room + Cool Museum= Fun!

Go to https://theescapegame.com/teg-field-trips/

Enjoy a photo of our beautiful wort- we are brewing a Chocolate Milk Stout!  You can see that Kris and Doug- the owners ...
03/27/2020

Enjoy a photo of our beautiful wort- we are brewing a Chocolate Milk Stout! You can see that Kris and Doug- the owners at Port City Escape are finding ways to fill our time. I want to put a Huge shout out to Wilmington Brewing Company for having 100 percent of the brewing supplies we needed in stock! Brewing beer is a great way to isolate at home and have fun!

03/22/2020
The old KFC comjng down!

While we’re closed please enjoy a video of Scoop the Scooper truck hard at work tearing down the old KFC next door to Port City Escape! We hope to be back open soon!

03/17/2020

Port City Escape is closing its doors temporarily in an abundance of caution with the coronavirus outbreak.

Our focus now is on keeping us healthy and doing our part to not spread this horrible virus.

When we reopen we will continue to work with local environmental health solutions company, Option 1, to clean and disinfect our entire facility with a non-toxic, EPA and FDA approved disinfecting treatment plan.

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03/17/2020

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Thank you to Tim and Kaitlin who just did their 100th room!  Guess where there first room was? Port City Escape! We got ...
03/17/2020

Thank you to Tim and Kaitlin who just did their 100th room! Guess where there first room was? Port City Escape! We got the first and the 100th. You guys rock!

03/17/2020
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03/13/2020

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03/12/2020

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03/10/2020
With the recent news about the spread of the Coronavirus, as well as it being flu season, we want to keep you up to date...
03/07/2020

With the recent news about the spread of the Coronavirus, as well as it being flu season, we want to keep you up to date on what precautions we are taking at this time.
We’ve switched our rooms so that all of our rooms are PRIVATE BOOKINGS only. You will not be put into a room with strangers, you will only be with your group. There is no upcharge for this.
We have ALWAYS done intensive deep cleaning in our rooms between EVERY booking with registered disinfectants on the EPA's list in order to prevent the spread of germs of any kind. We will continue to do so through this outbreak and after. The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority along with ensuring you have a great experience.
In addition to the disinfecting we do we also have a hand sanitizer station and bathrooms (for hand washing) on site as we always have.
We just want to reassure everyone that Port City Escape is a safe, clean space and we care about your health and well being which is why we have always taken extreme measures to ensure the cleanliness of our lobby and rooms.
#portcityescape #Wilmington #EscapeRoom #Safe #Clean #Fun #washyourhands

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03/06/2020

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03/01/2020

We just got the nicest review EVER! Thank you.

" I am a single mom and I wanted something fun yet affordable for me and my 8 year old son to do together. Finding Port City Escape was like finding a diamond! We had never done an escape room but had always wanted to try one. We went yesterday (Sat. Feb. 29th) and had the best time ever! When we arrived we were greeted by the manager and he was extremely warm and friendly. All of the rooms were booked at the moment except the Civil War Room, which was also the hardest room, but we decided to give it a go anyway. Besides, after talking with the manager about the room, we walked in feeling confident and excited.
Going in we met Ben who was our game master. Let me just say the kid is a genius. He was smart, witty, and extremely helpful. He has done almost 100 rooms himself, and was absolutely perfect for the job! I bragged to the owner of how great Ben was as a game master and she beamed. Turns out, Ben was her son. Good job on that one, mom! He rocked! So- Thanks again Ben, you were great! From the mom and "the kid in the blue shirt" :)
Me and my son worked together as a team, and were on the very last puzzle when the buzzer went off. We had the best time together. It really challenged our minds and our wits as we worked together as an awesome mamma/son team. As a mother who has came up with several different ways to do things together that wasn't the "norm," I think this may be the best place we have been yet! We plan to go back next weekend to try the "Hotel" room.
Thank you so much PCE for providing such an amazing and affordable experience! See ya'll again soon!"

Guess what guys?! Our new room, Panic in the Bunker is now available to book and is selling out fast!! Check availabilit...
02/28/2020

Guess what guys?! Our new room, Panic in the Bunker is now available to book and is selling out fast!! Check availability online NOW! www.portcityescape.com

WE ARE SO CLOSE!  Our newest escape room- Panic in the Bunker will be open this weekend!  Our play testers this weekend ...
02/25/2020

WE ARE SO CLOSE! Our newest escape room- Panic in the Bunker will be open this weekend! Our play testers this weekend helped us identify a couple of tweeks but we are almost ready! Thank you to all of our play testers!! (here are a few of the groups!)

Sounds like tomorrow might be a snow day....... Escape the snow with us! Use Promo Code BURRR to book your room on FRIDA...
02/20/2020

Sounds like tomorrow might be a snow day....... Escape the snow with us! Use Promo Code BURRR to book your room on FRIDAY ONLY for $5 off per person!! www.portcityescape.com

Today is Love your pet Day! Drop us a pic of your favorite pet in the comments below!
02/20/2020

Today is Love your pet Day! Drop us a pic of your favorite pet in the comments below!

Happy Presidents Day! #USA
02/17/2020

Happy Presidents Day! #USA

Happy Valentines Day! We're offering a last minute Valentines Day special: Save $5 per person good all day Friday. Use c...
02/14/2020

Happy Valentines Day! We're offering a last minute Valentines Day special: Save $5 per person good all day Friday. Use coupon code VALENTINE20 when booking.

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813 S 16th St
Wilmington, NC
28401

Opening Hours

Tuesday 2pm - 10pm
Thursday 4pm - 8pm
Friday 12pm - 10pm
Saturday 12pm - 10pm
Sunday 12:30pm - 6pm

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(910) 251-7005

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The clock is ticking. Armed with only your wits, your team has just one hour to reveal clues, solve riddles, and crack codes in order to escape -- do you have what it takes? Put your skills to the test at Port City Escape, where we offer a truly immersive adventure experience. With four thrilling scenarios and custom-designed rooms, it's a perfect activity for birthdays, team building, or just a fun night out.

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MARCH 17, 2020: CANCELLATIONS, POSTPONEMENTS, CLOSINGS, ETC. Kiwanis Club of Wilmington meetings scheduled for Wednesdays, March 18 and 25, are scheduled, as is their Plant and Rummage Sale on March 28. Chamber Music Wilmington has canceled their concert for Sunday, April 26; email [email protected] so to be issued a donation receipt or to get a refund. Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival featuring Delbert McClinton has been postponed from April 18 to a later date. American Cancer Society has canceled events through March. Sister Cities International has canceled their annual meeting on Monday, March 23. Dram Yard will close, effective immediately, until further notice. Angie's Records & Hair will be closed until further notice. Wilson Center - Cape Fear Community College has suspended all events through April 18, 2020. The Bellamy Mansion Museum will close today through Sunday, March 29. After March 29, the museum will assess the situation and put out new information. YWCA Lower Cape Fear's Women of Achievement Awards, scheduled for Thursday, June 4, 2020, has been cancelled. To protect customers and staff, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is temporarily closing facilities to the public effective 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 18 Governor Roy Cooper has announced the closure of all bars and restaurants statewide, effective 5 p.m. today, for dine-in service. Takeout, curbside pickup and deliveries are still allowed. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, New Hanover County Government, NC will close New Hanover County Public Library locations and Cape Fear Museum to the public until further notice. Airlie Gardens and New Hanover County Arboretum and NC Cooperative Extension Officewill remain open for visitors, but the education centers and enclosed areas at the county’s parks and gardens will be closed. Port City Escape is closing its doors temporarily in an abundance of caution with the coronavirus outbreak. InBalance Pilates will be closed with cancelled classes until further notice. Wrightsville Beach Museum of History is closing for two weeks beginning Wednesday, March 18. For more announcements on closures, postponements and cancellations, head to http://www.encorepub.com/covid-19-cancellations/.
🎁 DAY 9 GIVEAWAY 🎁 O.K. escape room enthusiasts we aren't all about ourselves, we enlisted the help of our friends at Port City Escape to offer you 2 FREE ESCAPES! They are doing some really cool stuff over there! While you are out stop by Coastal Car Wash of Monkey Junction and take advantage of their full service car wash. You will also receive 1 FREE iEscape Rooms voucher (good for an escape, mystery party or unsolved mystery) and some swag! #shoplocal #stockingstuffer #iescaperooms #portcityescape #coastalcarwash 🎅TO ENTER 1. FOLLOW iEscape Rooms, Port City Escape and Coastal Car Wash of Monkey Junction on Facebook & Instagram 2. TAG someone that needs a car wash! 4. SHARE this post! Winner will be announced tomorrow morning before the next giveaway begins!
We are teaming up with Port City Escape . Your first beer is on us! Come see if you can escape Chaos on Christmas Eve..
Thank you to the Wilmington Ale Trail for coming out to Brews and Clues last month. Port City Escape will be at Brews & Clues at Waterline Brewery this Tuesday. Book now at www.portcityescape.com
⭐️⭐️JUST ANNOUNCED⭐️⭐️ Bring a bag of dog food or a pack of puppy pads to the Digging for Dauntless tournament on Saturday and get 5 free raffle tickets. We have lots of great raffles from: Port City Escape Carolina Hurricanes Wilmington Brewing Company Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Wilmington The Exit Games Edward Teach Brewing Cards Against Humanity Wiggle Butts Photography BarkBox Fermental Camp Run-A-Mutt Wilmington NC The H**p Farmacy The George on the Riverwalk Playology Pets Pour Taproom Shark Bar and Kitchen Aunt Kerry's Pet Stop Unleashed of Wilmington Midtown POP Copper Penny THE CLUBHOUSE INDOOR GOLF Islands Fresh-Mex Grill Battle House Tactical Laser Tag Wilmington NC Jax 5th Avenue Deli and Ale House CrossFit Wilmington Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar - Downtown Wilmington NC And much, much more!
We went tonight and had a blast!
Our family enjoyed another fun evening at Port City Escape. We were here Wednesday night for Nuclear Countdown and returned last night to try Civil War Conspiracy. Incredibly, we managed to escape in only 35 minutes which apparently is one of the best times ever. We owe a lot for our success to Chase, our guide, who presented us with the back story provided us with a couple key clues at just the right time. I highly recommend this activity to any family or group looking for a fun night out or as a way to escape the summer heat.
This is list TWO! FB has a limit to 50 tags per post so we had to create a second post!!! 🙌🏼 Check out list ONE for more people and businesses!! 😎 A HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful businesses and people who have donated so far to S.H.A.R.E. KMT 2019!!! 🙌🏼 The list just keeps growing!! If you’re a business owner and want to donate a gift certificate or item for the silent auction/raffle OR.... if YOU just want to donate an item 🤗 .. shoot us a message!! A tax slip will be provided for your donation and we are happy to pick up from you 😁 www.sharenc.org 9Round Wilmington, NC-Market Street Angler's Fish N Mate Axis Fitness + Training BoatBuckle Burrito Shak Castle Bay Country Club Chris Frick Photography Club Golf Indoor Crafty Paws Design Flip N Fly Flytrap Brewing Frogglez Goggles Gravity Records Heavy Ocean Designs I Love Juice Bar-Wilmington Inis Spa InnerSeas Wellness Invisible Fence Wilmington- Jeremy Streba Kids Making It Little House Hampstead Lost Soul Tattoos Lula Balou...a unique boutique Native Salt Cave & Wellness O2 Fitness Clubs Port City Escape Pour Taproom Pristine Pressure Cleaning INC Proof Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach Rolled & Baked Salling & Tate General Dentistry SCOUT Seaview Crab Company Southern Grace Distilleries at Mt. Pleasant Prison Spikeball Sugar Island The Bellamy Mansion Museum Topsail Steamer Unigear Whiskey Run Customs
We had an awesome time trying to escape our room. The staff was very friendly and helpful!
We had a blast at Port City Escape room tonight. Ben ran a great game for us behind the scenes. We were challenged but we still had fun. The best part was we escaped from Nuclear Meltdown with less than a minute remaining in the game.
Huge thank you to Port City Escape for hosting our manager team building today! We had a blast! We look forward to doing it again soon!
Had a BLAST at Port City Escape over the weekend. We chose the “Blackbeard’s Revenge” room. We may not have escaped on time, but we confirmed our dedication for getting keys to work on every lock we encountered (and had a lot of laughs along the way)! 10/10 will go again! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️