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Escaping FDR's Bunker at the Bong

Baihly Warfield
Updated: February 06, 2019 10:50 PM

SUPERIOR, Wis. - If you've ever wanted to try and escape FDR's secret Big Apple bunker, this weekend may be your chance. And you don't even have to go to New York. 

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The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is hosting an "Escape the Bong" event Thursday-Saturday. 

"We wanted to try something that would connect with people, that they would recognize," Scriven said. 

There are three pop-up escape rooms around the Bong Center. Two of them are historically themed. 

"Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a bunker under New York City during World War II so that if the city was attacked while he was there, he'd have a place to go," Tom Altwood with Evergreen Gifts and Fun Park said. 

Altwood helped design that room and another specifically designed for the Bong called Door to Doomsday. In that version, you are on a minuteman missile crew. Many of the details are historically accurate.

"People are learning about history at the same time they might not necessarily know that they're doing it," Hayes Scriven, executive director of the Bong, said. "That's always the best trick in education is you can get people to learn while they don't think that they're learning."

The third room is a scary one about a Deadly Deer Camp. 

"You're locked in a room, and you follow clues and solve puzzles to find your way out," Altwood explained the escape rooms. 

It costs $25 for adults, and $15 for 10-18-year-olds. Kids under 10 cost $12.50. Proceeds will benefit the Bong's youth programs.

"If you do something different, you know you're going to get more people to come in and be interested, and then hopefully, they'll come back later," Scriven said. 

Anchors Darren Danielson, Baihly Warfield and Amy Adamle tried out the FDR bunker. They successfully completed it in 53 minutes. 

The escape rooms are open Thursday to Saturday, and they can be booked online or by calling the Bong. 

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