Escape LBI Offers a Unique Adventure in Beach Haven

By Eric Englund | Jul 17, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Beach Haven, NJ — It’s 1930. Your colleague, Magnus Ferguson, has been exploring through Africa searching for antiquities. He has made a wondrous discovery but is in danger of falling into the hands of a ruthless and dishonest warlord. Magnus has hidden the jewel in his camp and left clues that only you will be able to interpret. You have 60 minutes before the warlord will reach the camp to steal the gem.

That is the story behind “Lost Jewel of Zanzibar,” one of three escape rooms at Escape LBI, which recently opened in Beach Haven at 905 North Bay Ave. An escape room is a timed mental and physical adventure-based game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives and find a way to escape the room.

Dave Finelli, Escape LBI owner, said a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Sunday, July 21.

“I have four children, and I went to an escape room in Marlton, and we had a blast,” he said. “There aren’t any around here, so I thought there should be one on the Island.”

The other rooms are “What Happened in Ravens Woods” and “Cypherspace.” Played in the dark for a greater challenge, the Ravens Woods room features the use of fog, strobe lights and sudden prop movements. Or as it says on the website, “It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly you hear a scream. What happened in Ravens Woods?”

In “Cypherspace,” your team is astronauts from the Canadian Space Agency, whose mission is to retrieve a probe that has been collecting data from a wormhole in deep space for the past 100 years.

“You must achieve this before your space ship is destroyed by the radioactivity,” the site says.“ You have 60 minutes before your ship will be lost.”

Finelli said that while there is no age limit, the rooms may be difficult for children younger than 10.

“What we have is a unique and thrilling form of team building that boosts morale, increases cooperation and reveals amazing skills your colleagues have kept hidden until now,” he said. “We invite families and groups of friends for an experience they’ll never forget.”

For more information, visit or call 609-607-2583.  —E.E.

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