Getting in is easy—but do you have what it takes to escape?

Such is the challenge posed by ESCAPE! at Margarita Adventures, the Central Coast’s newest and most inventive escape room experience.

ESCAPE! is already drawing rave reviews, including a Google review by guest Rachel Nielson, who wrote, “It was incredible. My family of four has done 50+ escape rooms all over the country and this was definitely in our top five. The prop quality and technology used was top notch and above all…SUPER FUN!”

Rita’s Relics: The First ESCAPE!

The inaugural ESCAPE! theme is titled “Rita’s Relics,” and is described by creator Frank Rodgers as “Indiana Jones meets Close Encounters.” The official description is:

Rita, our resident librarian, has gone missing. As you step into her library in search of clues, the riddles will only multiply. You have one hour to find her and solve the mystery. From artifacts of antiquity to technologies from the future, you will use your hands, feet and, most of all, your mind to unlock the key to Rita’s location and become an ESCAPE! room hero.

Experience our new San Luis Obispo escape room. The cost is $39 per person and is ideal for groups of two to six people, for ages eight and older. A current holiday promotion provides a $5 discount of ESCAPE! gift certificates through January 6, 2023. Visit for booking and gift certificates. Click here to book now.

A New Adventure

Margarita Adventures proprietor Karl Wittstrom credits longtime Santa Margarita Ranch operations employee Frank Rodgers with conceiving, creating and building out the ESCAPE! room experience with instrumental help from SLO CAPED—Cal Poly Amusement Park Engineers and Designers.

“Frank is our very own ‘Mr. Gadget,’” Karl says. “He and the Cal Poly students have designed one of the most interactive escape rooms in California, leveraging computer science, robotics and analytics to create a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Says Frank, “The entire project was all built in-house, which is exciting for us, and we are developing more. Plans are in the works to have three different escape room experiences for people to choose from during the upcoming year, and they are all quite technologically based.”