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Do you melt in the sun? Here's your air-conditioned entertainment guide 

Escape rooms, indoor sports and gaming in New Orleans

click to enlarge New Orleans Boulder Lounge

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New Orleans Boulder Lounge

It's summertime and you want to do something active and fun, but the stifling heat and sticky humidity push you back to the sofa for another session of binge-watching. There are options: Several art and history museums (see p. 18 for deals) have interesting exhibits, and movie theaters provide a respite from high mercury — or try one of these other indoor adventures:


Work up a sweat without the heat stroke on rock climbing walls at New Orleans Boulder Lounge (1746 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-510-2990;, which has 2,500 square feet of climbing surfaces inside the former 1880s Cotton Press building. The lounge also has yoga classes, a training room and sometimes hosts live music, movies and speakers. Members-only hours are 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday; kids' hours 10 a.m. to noon Sunday; open climbing noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Day passes (includes any classes or events taking place) $16 general admission, $12 kids/teachers/military personnel. There also are weekly specials.

  Slidell Rocks (39543 Highway 190 E., Slidell, 985-646-1411; offers various methods of rock climbing, including a 40-foot-high climbing wall, two bouldering rooms and top-rope and lead-climbing areas. Admission is $14 with no time limit.

  Sector 6 Extreme Air Sports (612 Distributors Row, Jefferson, 504-539-4224; — The 44,000-square-foot indoor facility has more than 12,000 square feet of trampolines, angled wall trampolines, launching decks and more. There's an obstacle course, dodgeball area, air dunk game, a slack line suspended over foam cubes, a trapeze, aerial equipment and foam pits. The venue is for ages 15 and older from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission $13 to $20 per hour.

  Surge Trampoline Park (6930 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-267-3898; www. — Opening later this month, the indoor facility includes interconnected trampolines, a jousting battle beam, gumnastics tumble tracks, spinning wipe-out and log roll sections, dodgeball courts, basketball goals, rock-climbing walls, trapeze, foam pits and a toddler area The venue is for ages 2 through adult. Hours TBA. Admission $12.95 per hour, $17.95 for 90 minutes or $21.95 for two hours.


Escape games are designed to test the critical-thinking skills of players, who must follow clues, solve a puzzle or mystery or escape in 60 minutes. Most rooms are for eight players, so you can come with a group or play with whomever shows up.

  There are four such rooms in the New Orleans area:

  Clue Carre (830 Union St., Suite 101, 504-667-2583; — The first escape room to open in New Orleans, Clue Carre offers five different rooms: the Mardi Gras Den, the Voodoo Room, the Haunted Swamp Room, the Vampire Hunter Room and the French Quarter House of Curiosities. Each contains its own clues, codes and puzzles that must be solved to escape. Admission $28.

  Escape My Room (633 Constance St., 504-475-7580; — The DeLaporte mansion offers a choice of the Mardi Gras Study, where players follow clues to find a missing treasure, or the Jazz Parlor, which was the scene of an unsolved murder. Admission $30.

  Escapology (3025 Pinnacle Parkway, Covington, 985-520-0570; — The Northshore escape venue begins with a tour of the Time Displacement Institute. When things go wrong in the past, players must travel to that time, fix the problem and return to the present before their time is up. Admission $28.

  Mystere Mansion Escape Rooms (4800 Canal St., 504-483-2350; — Players are locked in a themed room ( Serial Killer's Lair, The Game Room, Embalming Room Zombie Escape, The Ghost Lab or Treasure Hunt) and must follow clues and solve a mystery to escape. $39.95 general admission, $29.95 Louisiana residents with ID.


What's more fun than playing games while drinking cocktails or beer (think Chuck E. Cheese for adults)? These bars offer a variety of arcade, midway and sports games without the small fry.

  Barcadia (601 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-335-1740; — There are vintage arcade games, a life-size Jenga game on the patio, a 5-foot-tall Connect Four and more, plus food and 44 craft beers on tap. Only people 21 and older are allowed in the bar after 9:30 p.m.

  Dave & Buster's (1200 Poydras St., Suite 601, 504-226-3300; — The national chain opened shop in New Orleans in late May and offers arcade games including Zombie Snatcher, Mario Kart, Star Trek, a driving game, Ghostbusters, Candy Crush Saga and more. There's also billiards, food, alcohol and two happy hours a day.

  Shamrock (4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-301-0938; — The neighborhood bar has 23 pool tables, pingpong cages, dart boards, mini bowling lanes, foosball, shuffleboard, a punching bag, air hockey, soccer, football and more. There's also live music, a dance floor, food and a full bar.


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