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America's Escape Game brings challenges to Carrollwood

Husband and wife, Tony and Jo Grieco, are opening America's Escape Game in Carrollwood. DANIELLE HAUSER | Special to the Times
Published Feb. 2, 2018

CARROLLWOOD — After experiencing their first escape room while in New York City, Tony and Jo Grieco and their two daughters were immediately hooked on the fun and interactive game.

This month, the husband and wife team are opening up their own escape room in Carrollwood.

"It's a dream for both of us," Jo Grieco said.

America's Escape Game first opened in Orlando in April 2015, and Tampa is the third Florida location. This spring, former Florida Gator basketball player Pat Young is opening a location in Gainesville.

America's Escape Game challenges 2 to 10 players to escape a themed room by using clues, problem solving skills, observation, communication and teamwork.

"We designed it so everyone is engaged in all points in the hour," said Jim Llewellyn, chief operating officer. "They're very immersive and they're not easy. The escape rate is less than 25 percent."

The themed rooms include "Crisis at 1600" and "Pandemic." There is space for up to five rooms, and "Asylum" is slated to open this summer.

The Tampa location has a conference room and kitchen for hosting corporate and team building events as well as birthday parties. Active duty and retired military play for free during their first visit, and then receive a 50 percent discount on every additional visit. Law enforcement, first responders, and firefighters also receive a 50 percent discount.

America's Escape Game is located at 10033 N Dale Mabry Highway. It is open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday, 12:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday & Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Monday & Tuesday.

For more information, call (813) 488-4090 or visit americasescapegame.com/tampa.

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