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Word Games, Magic, & Mystery

Join us on the mountaintop as we test your knowledge, stretch your mind, and dig deep to solve mysteries, illusions, and puzzles.

Magicians, Illusionists, Actors, Linguists, and Puzzle Masters abound through some of our most iconic programs. Leading mystery weekends as its recognized birthplace, Mohonk Mountain House continues to welcome guests into a ‘whodunnit’ race against other teams for over 45 years. Our words-loving guests seek brainteasers, scramble scrabble, and puzzle packets with our puzzle masters Greg Pliska, Will Shortz, and Eric Berlin every November. To top it off, we welcome all ages to enjoy the dumbfounding art of magic and illusions; where even your bill can disappear!

Upcoming Word Games, Magic, & Mystery Weekends

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Wonderful World of Words

November 11 – 13, 2022

Celebrating the love of words, language, puzzles, and games! 41 years ago “Words” weekend at Mohonk Mountain House was founded by the late and wonderful Gloria Rosenthal and her husband Larry. The New York Times crossword editor and NPR Puzzle master Will Shortz led the event from 2007–2019, and veteran puzzle hunt constructor Greg Pliska has been program leader since 2020. Sharpen your pencils, limber up your brain, and match wits with some of the best puzzling minds of our age!

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Magic & Mindbenders Weekend

January 13 – 16, 2023

Reignite your childlike sense of wonder, surrounded by some of the most skilled illusionists and world-class magicians of our generation. Expand your mind and have fun during this incredible three-day weekend of events with unforgettable experiences for all ages.

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Mystery Weekend

March 3 – 5, 2023

In the 1970s, Mohonk Mountain House was the birthplace of Mystery Weekends. Join us to watch a mystery unfold before your eyes! Performers from Murder Café act out each scene in front of you, and it’s up to you and your team to solve the crime.  This weekend features a mystery play in four acts, an original puzzle hunt, a table-top escape room, live music, and more!

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