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Tampa Bay Escape Room

Escape Room Joins the Fun in Clearwater Florida

Tampa Bay Escape RoomAn escape room has arrived in downtown Clearwater. This latest international trend in entertainment is now a part of the scene in one of America’s favorite vacation destinations.

 

Beginnings of the Escape Room

Escape Room escape code padEscape rooms perhaps first appeared in their most basic forms in role playing games where players had to sort through only a handful of unseen and imaginary items described only in text. Nowadays, digital escape games are easy to find on the Internet. Tampa Bay Escape Room puzzleThey range from mundane settings like an office to more imaginative scenes where players escape monsters by escaping the room. The games involve logic and math puzzles that, when you solve them, offer a piece of the overall puzzle. Solve all the clues and you can escape. Sometimes the final riddle provides a key, other times it is simply a means to get away, such as an open window. An added feature to most of the digital games is a time limit. For the online game we “researched,” a hungry bear would enter a cabin in the woods if the player was unsuccessful at getting out in time.

 

Real Life Escape Rooms

Tampa Bay Escape Room participants

Florida Beach Rental’s winning team

Within the last decade, Escape Rooms have entered the realm of reality. Small groups can enter a real life room containing various clues and riddles. The door is locked and players are left to find their way out. The variety of puzzles is endless. Some are purely intellectual while others are hands on. Some escape rooms require players to dismantle furniture to find clues. In most cases, a combination of brain twisters and hands on manipulation will get players to the right answers. Played against a clock, the reward is the escape itself.

 

Tampa Bay Escape Room

Tampa Bay Escape Room Tampa Bay Escape Room is located in downtown Clearwater, Florida, on Cleveland Street, a popular boulevard known for holding outdoor markets and festivals. Tampa Bay Escape Room describes their experience in this way; “An Escape Game is a real-life escape game that consist of players, in groups of 2-8, that are locked in a room and have 60 minutes to find clues, solve puzzles and work together as a team to escape the room before time runs out.”  Inside the suite, players wait in a lobby for their game time to begin. Once instructed to enter the room, the Tampa Bay Escape Room host gives instructions on how the game is played. Music Producer Tampa Bay Escape RoomWe were assured that for our room the furniture did not come apart. A panic button to escape early was pointed out for any who might not enjoy the experience. The room was entitled “Music Producer,” appearing much like one would imagine such a person’s office would look. It had no lack of clues and puzzles. Our Florida Beach Rentals office entered the game in two teams, each vowing to escape in less time than the other. While describing the means of escape would make for an interesting article, the game is simply too enjoyable to destroy it for others by giving away clues. Music Producer Tampa Bay Escape RoomWhat I can say is that both teams thoroughly enjoyed the game, Team One escaping in 37 minutes and Team Two in 42 minutes. Our office often looks for venues to recommend for rainy days and this is now definitely on the list. The current price, which matches the national average for escape rooms, is $28 per person. Is it worth it? Yes, it is. This escape room adventure earned 5 stars from everyone on our crew.

 

Rooms are booked online: TampaBayEscapeRoom.com

 

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Hurricane Pass, Dunedin

Gulf Coast Sand Bar Hangouts

Gulf Coast Local Secret #8

Hurricane Pass, DunedinA Different Kind of Bar on the Florida Gulf Coast

Gathering with friends at a bar takes on a whole new twist along the Florida Gulf Coast. You can certainly go to an ordinary bar with tables, stools and a serving counter, but that’s not the kind of bar we’re talking about. These secret local hangouts are favorites of the local populace, and you can’t get there on foot or by car. These bars are made of sand.

 

Kayaks on Honeymoon IslandA Sand Bar Is a Hangout Spot on the Florida Gulf Coast?

Most people think of a sand bar as a submerged strip of sand running parallel to the shore of a beach –but not these sand bars! The hangouts in question do not run along the beach, and at low tide they quite often rise completely out of the water. The locals know they are there, even when they can’t see them. At the right time of day, boaters gather along these expanses of sand to have a good time. You can find large gatherings of people strolling the bars, playing, swimming and even grabbing a picnic aboard their anchored boats.

 

Where Are the Secret Florida Gulf Coast Sand Bar Hangouts?

The two best known sand bars for gathering together with friends and strangers are in Saint Petersburg, Florida and Dunedin, Florida.

Hurricane PassThe first, in Saint Petersburg is on the Bayou Grande which runs just south of Weedon Island Preserve. You may find gatherings of locals here, their boats pitched along the bars that rise from the waters at the center of the waterway. Oddly enough, on this bayou, you will find people gathered in the shallow water even when the sand bars are not in sight.

The second, in Dunedin, Florida is off the northern tip of Caladesi Island, an island known for having some of the best beaches in America. Here, a wide swath of sand rises from the waves to form a wide platform for people to anchor and play. Speed boats, jet skis and kayakers congregate at low tide to scan the sands, wade and just plain have fun.

 

This Gulf Coast Secret is Relative

As you might have guessed from the descriptions, these hangouts are only a secret to area visitors. The locals know all about them. Try to get onto a boat and check them out!

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Summer Shows at Ruth Eckert Hall

What is Ruth Eckert Hall?

Ruth Eckerd Hall opened on October 15, 1983, and has since been a center of entertainment and learning for the region. The hall is dedicated to Ruth Eckerd, who with her husband Jack, lent instrumental momentum to the creation of the venue. When touring the country, many legendary artists of music, dance, comedy and other entertainment use Ruth Eckerd Hall for their Tampa Bay area venue.

Summer Shows

A great list of shows is coming to the hall this year.


July-

Alabama

Kathy Griffin

Tim Allen

The Monkees

August-

Whitesnake

Adam Ant

Chick Corea and Bela Fleck

Hippiefest (Ten Years After, Edgar Winter, Canned Heat, Rick Derringer and Pat Travers)

September-

Joe Satriani

Steely Dan

To find out show times and ticket information go to http://www.rutheckerdhall.com/