Things to Do In St. George – Escaping From a Historical House

February 5, 2016

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ST. GEORGE, UTAH Mystery Escape Room: The hubs and I recently attended a conference in LasVegas. We decided to make a mini vacay out of it and went on to California to see the grandkids. That's me being ridiculous at a little sculpture garden we stumbled on along the way, more on that another time. 

St. George Utah shopping, Downtown St. George

Our stay: Best Western, shopping at Urban Renewal and restaurant George's all within a few blocks of one another.

We lingured for few extra days in Vegas, and then on our way back we stopped in St. George for the night, where we meandered around the town and enjoyed the shops and some local eats. We decided to stop in and visit our friends at the Mystery Escape room that happened to be just down the street from our motel, The Best Western Coral Hills, which was, by the way, a fabulous and reasonably priced place to stay in St. George. They have an indoor and outdoor pool and jacuzzi. If a swim is on your mind it doesn't matter what time of year you go

Best Western

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Try your puzzle and clue solving abilities

I've written about these escape rooms before, we had our Coupons4Utah Christmas party at one. It's a hoot! Basically, you are locked in a room, told an intriguing story about some kind of crime that may involve a fictional or historical character, then you have to solve various clues to break your way out. I really like how they challenge your mind and the interaction you have with others in the room.

If you haven't done so yet, you should consider giving it a try. Did you know there are over 3,000 of these rooms located all over the world? I'm told there are people forming escape room clubs that travel the US to solve puzzles. What a fun hobby.

Located on 46 W. St. George Blvd.

Located on 46 W. St. George Blvd.

The Mystery Escape Room in St. George has a double bonus! It's located inside a historical home. Not just any old historical home, it was once the home of sheriff Augustus Hardy. Built in 1871, this historic house is located in Ancestor Square right on St. George Blvd. Between the Hardy home and the winter home of Brigham Young you can also take a gander at the tiny jail that is assumed to be built by the sheriff in the 1800's. Apparently Butch Cassidy was a frequent visitor of the jail. 

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Historical Jail that housed Butch Cassidy

The most famous story about the Hardy house was when an accused murderer was brought to St. George to await trial. While the criminal was being held in the jail, a group of vigilante miners broke into the house during the night. They overpowered the sheriff, took the keys to the jail, and hung the accused murderer to a tree that was a block away from the sheriff's home. The story goes that Sheriff Hardy was never able to get over the fact that a prisoner was taken from him.

Mystery Escape Room, Utah, St.George,

Bullet hole in Door, Original creaky stairway, Calling Bell

During this incident, the house took a bullet in the door and that bullet hole is still seen in the house today. So, you get to solve a cool mystery that could include a run in with Houdini, see an old historical home with a creaky staircase, musty furnishings and bullet hole in the door all at the same time. Pretty cool right!!.

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Large Patio that can be set up for catering

The Mystery Escape Room also has a big upper level patio with a great view that is available for family reunions, office parties, weddings or whatever shindig you are hosting.

Mystery Escape Room Coupon Code

Currently you can save 15% off your visit to the Mystery Escape Room in St. George with our special code. Just enter code C4U15OFF when ordering online or mention the offer to my buddy Jeff, the manager of the Mystery Escape Rooms. Note that this code will only work at the St. George location and is valid through September 30, 2017. Discount code applies to evening only, public tickets and not to the 20-minute room nor the already discounted full, private room rates.

If you are looking for something out of the norm to try, and find yourself in St. George, this is a definite "go for it". It's a great thing to do with family and friends. I think it would be a fantastic family activity for those with teens and pre-teens, or you can join other folks that they pair you with. Don't want to take my word for it, check out the amazing reviews on

Since this post, they have added a 3rd 60-minute room and also 20-minute room that caters to walk-in traffic or smaller groups of 2-4 people.

Mystery Escape Room
St. George, Utah at Ancestor Square
46 W St. George Blvd.
Phone:(435) 237-8470

Note that every person is required to purchase a ticket at the Mystery Escape Room whether adult or child. Ages 8 - 14 must be accompanied by an adult, all paying for their own spots. Ages 15 and older may attend the room without an adult. The rooms are not set up to handle children under 8 years old. The puzzles may be difficult for younger people.

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