Massachusetts: Room Escape Recommendations

Looking for an escape room near you in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts has a lot of great escape rooms outside of Boston. You don’t even need to know how to pronounce the names of the towns to play the games!

Drive west, past Route 495 to find many of these gems. There lies an awesome escape room day trip.

We’ve covered Boston recommendations (inside Route 95) separately.

A covered bridge over a stream at the peak of fall.

Market standouts

  1. The Observatory, The Gate Escape
  2. The Assistant, The Gate Escape
  3. The Dollhouse, Curious Escape Rooms
  4. Escape the Video Store, Curious Escape Rooms
  5. The Titletown Ring Thief, Escape Room Westford
  6. Secret Society, Winchendon Escape Room
  7. King Arthur’s Quest, PuzzlEscape

The set & scenery-driven adventures

The puzzle-centric

The tech-heavy

The newbie-friendly

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

Boston, Massachusetts: Room Escape Recommendations

Latest update: April 15, 2019

Looking for an escape room near Boston, Massachusetts?

We go back and forth to Boston a few times a year and we try to sneak in a few escape rooms on each trip.

These are our recommendations for Metro Boston.

If you’re ok with traveling beyond Route I-95, check out our recommendations for the rest of Massachusetts.

Stylized image of the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor.

Market standouts

  1. Boda Borg
  2. Clock Tower, Escape the Room Boston (played and reviewed in New York City)
  3. Panacea, Room Escapers
  4. Crush Depth, Trapology
  5. Conundrum Museum, Boxaroo

Something different

The set & scenery-driven adventures

The puzzle-centric

The tech-heavy

The newbie-friendly

Big group games

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

Anaheim, CA: Room Escape Recommendations

Some of our favorite escape rooms in the United States are in Anaheim, California.

It’s worth the trip from Los Angeles, even if you get stuck in traffic and don’t have time to eat before the next game. (This might have happened to us.)

We’ve broken them out by category below.

You might be interested in our recommendations for Los Angeles, California as well.

Image from Disneyland in Anaheim. Statue of Walt Disney holding Mickey Mouse's hand in front of Cinderella's Castle.

Market standouts

  1. The Hex Room, Cross Roads Escape Games
  2. Zoe, Escapade Games
  3. Fun House, Cross Roads Escape Games
  4. Escape The Hydeout, Mission Escape Games (reviewed in 2015 in New York, visited in 2017 in California)
  5. Midnight on the Bayou, Red Lantern Escape Rooms

The set & scenery-driven adventures

The puzzle-centric

The story-driven

The newbie-friendly

The scary & intense

Mild frights:

The Hex Room, Cross Roads Escape Games

Major frights:

Zoe, Escapade Games

Games with actors

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

New Orleans, Lousiana: Escape Room Recommendations

We were spoiled in Louisiana. The escapes rooms in this region are a cut above.

In 2017, we gave 3 Golden Lock-In Awards to games on this list… and it was tough to choose among them.

That’s why we’re bringing our escape room tour, Escape Immerse Explore, to New Orleans in 2018. Join us this June for a weekend trip to visit many of the escape rooms on this list.

If you’re interested in escape room tourism, this is the region to visit. You won’t regret it.

Updated August 8, 2018, after we played a few more games on our tour in June.

A close up of a baby gator.

Market standouts

In New Orleans

Outside of New Orleans

The spooky & scary

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

San Diego, CA: Room Escape Recommendations

We spent almost all of our 24 hours in beautiful San Diego locked in giant puzzles. Regrets? None.

It’s a fun, puzzley escape room market. It has a surprisingly different feel from Los Angeles, considering how geographically close they are.

Here are a few of our favorites broken out by category.

4 tall palm trees along the beach, the horizon in the background.

Market standouts

  1. The Parlour, Puzzalarium
  2. Mysterious Stranger, Steal and Escape 
  3. The Escape, The Unlockables 

The puzzle-centric

The newbie-friendly

The spooky & scary

Not an Escape Room but recommended

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN: Room Escape Recommendations

Escape rooms are a fantastic indoor activity to avoid the cold winters of Minnesota. They are also a great activity if you’re finding the beautiful summers just a little too perfect.

Here are our favorite escape rooms in the Twin Cities. They are split into categories because we <3 nuance.

1st Building

Market standouts

If you only have time for a few games, play these:

  1. Utopia, Riddle Room
  2. The Vault, PuzzleWorks
  3. Gold Rush, The Escape Game (played and reviewed in Orlando)
  4. Very Potter Escape, Trapped Puzzle Rooms
  5. Ruin Raiders, Missing Pieces Escape Games
  6. Professor Jones’ Office, Lock and Key Escape Rooms

Set & scenery-driven adventures

Puzzle-centric

Tech-heavy

Newbie-friendly

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

Budapest, Hungary: Room Escape Recommendations

Budapest was the early home of innovation in escape rooms.

We took a pilgrimage and here are our top escape rooms in Budapest. They are broken out into categories because we like nuance.

The palace in Budapest lit at night.
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Market standouts

If you only have time for a few games, play these:

  1. Pirate Cave Escape Room
  2. Legacy of Noo’Zaca, Mindquest
  3. White Mission, Gozsdu Mission

Set & scenery-driven adventures

Puzzle-centric

Tech-heavy

Newbie-friendly

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

Portland, OR: Room Escape Recommendations

In between consuming locally made artisanal coffee, ice cream, alcohol, and salt… there are some fantastic locally made escape rooms as well.

These were some of the games that we enjoyed the most in Portland, Oregon all segmented by category.

Massive neon Portland, Oregon sign with an illuminating buck.

Market standouts

If you only have time for a few games, play these:

  1. The Secrets of Nibiru, Hour to Midnight
  2. Madame Neptune’s Voodoo Curse, Portland Escape Rooms

Set & scenery-driven adventures

Puzzle-centric

Something local

Tech-heavy

Games with actors

Newbie-friendly

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

Philadelphia, PA: Room Escape Recommendations

Philadelphia. So close to our home, yet too far for quick trips… which is a shame because there’s quite a few interesting escape rooms in the greater Philly area. Here are a few of our favorites broken out by category.

The Benjamin Franklin Bridge lit up at night.

 

Market standouts

If you only have time for a few games, play these:

  1. Revolution, Liberty Escape Rooms
  2. Escape Thai Prison, MindEscape
  3. Escape the 1980s, Steel Owl Room Adventures
  4. The Egyptian Tomb, Escape Room Mystery
  5. Intergalactic Escape, The Franklin Institute

Historical games

Call it a regional quirk: Philly has a lot of historical games. 

Set & scenery-driven adventures

Puzzle-centric

Newbie-friendly

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

Atlanta, GA: Room Escape Recommendations

Updated: July 2018

Atlanta, home of Coca-Cola, the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention, and the great Delta hub, also has a collection of interesting escape rooms.

These were our favorite games in the greater Atlanta, Georgia area.

The highways of Atlanta in a time-lapse photo at night. Car lights looks like lasers.

Market standouts

  1. Sasquatch, Escape the Netherworld
  2. Haunted, Escape the Netherworld
  3. Nosferatu, Escape the Netherworld
  4. Nautilus, Project Escape
  5. Al Capone’s Speakeasy, Time to Escape
  6. The Hotel, Mission: Escape Atlanta

Super Interesting… proceed with caution

  1. The Shiners, Escape Woods
  2. The Bunker: Strange Things at Hawkins Lab, Escape Woods

Set & scenery-driven adventures

Puzzle-centric

Newbie-friendly

Games with actors

Head to Head

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.