If you’re a puzzle solver, adrenaline junkie, or wannabe detective, escape rooms may be your forte. Over the past few years, Orange County has accumulated an impressive portfolio of these interactive game rooms. Here are 22 of our favorites to choose from for your next birthday, date night, or team building event.
On an icy cold night, you and your friends try to escape an oncoming storm and come upon a house at the end of the trail. You were hoping the house would be a safe haven, but now you want nothing more than to get out.
The Cromwell Estate
1088 N Tustin Ave., Anaheim, thecromwellestate.com
You and your friends just won a cabin getaway! Unfortunately, on your trip, Jason from Friday the 13th has kidnapped you! He has left clues of how he will strike, so you must use the clues to stop him before he ends you.
Legacy Escape Rooms
1525 Mesa Verde Drive, Costa Mesa, legacyescaperooms.com
A movie star goes missing from her dressing room, but her kidnapper has left behind evidence and clues. The police enlist you to figure out what happened to the actress before the media hears the news.
Puzzle Workshop: Escape Room
18003 Sky Park Circle, Irvine, puzzleworkshop.com
You’re part of an elite hacker consortium but get caught by the police. On your way to prison, you’re trapped in a high-security transport, and you must outsmart the firewall or else spend your life in jail.
The Escape Bus
2261 Lambert St., Lake Forest, theescapebus.com
The Mystical Murderess
At a dinner party, guests have been disappearing all night. Suddenly, you’re trapped in the study of a woman who uses black magic and you must escape before becoming her next victim.
Code Red Escape Rooms
1095 N Main St., Orange, coderedescaperooms.com
You are prospective residents of a home where the Cain family disappeared 60 years ago. Rumor has it the house is haunted and family’s spirit remains trapped in the attic for eternity, so naturally, you check out the attic to see for yourself.
17981 Sky Park Circle, Irvine, escapexrooms.com
The Mystery of Stillwater Asylum
A serial killer is on the loose and about to pick his next victim at Stillwater Asylum. You must break into the asylum, save the next victim, and escape before he strikes again.
Kryptic Tales Escape Room
10221 Slater Ave., Fountain Valley, kryptictales.com
Da Vinci’s Lost Workshop
Break into Leonardo Da Vinci’s old workshop and discover his top-secret final invention and the obsession no one knew about. Be wary of the ingenious puzzles and violent security measures the inventor created to destroy anyone who dares to enter his forbidden workshop.
Detectives Society Escape Rooms
1526 Brookhollow Drive, Santa Ana, detectivessociety.com
Midnight on the Bayou
Bayou High School is holding a carnival-themed reunion on the property where several students died in a barn fire decades ago. What sounded like a nostalgic get together is turning out to be a lot more suspicious than sentimental.
Red Lantern Escape Rooms
471 W Lambert Road, Brea, redlanternescaperooms.com
Escape the Hydeout
After a small town doctor has been acting strangely for weeks, he suddenly goes missing. A madman has been causing chaos in the town, so you’ve been hired to investigate any peculiar association he may have with the missing doctor.
Mission Escape Games
400 Disney Way, Anaheim, missionescapegames.com/anaheim
Secrets in Suburbia
It’s 1962 and everything is perfect in your suburban neighborhood, until one day your neighbor is found dead in his home and you’re the suspect. You must solve the mystery in time or else face a life sentence.
The Scene Escape Rooms
22661 Lambert St., Lake Forest, thesceneoc.com
The Hex Room
Everyone knows not to get too attached to horror movie characters as it’s likely few will survive until the end. In this escape room, you take on one of six horror movie roles and must escape this real-life fright film.
Cross Roads Escape Games
4245 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, crossroadsescapegames.com
The Hamilton Asylum is more harmful than helpful, involved in dark crimes and experimental treatments that are bound to spread to society unless you can solve the mystery before it’s too late.
Trapzone Escape Room
2900 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, trapzonerooms.com
You and your friend have been accidentally buried alive! Race your friend to solve the puzzle and ring the bell, because whoever gets the gravedigger’s attention first comes out alive.
Coffin Escape Races
31706 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, theescapebus.com/deadringers
The Return of the Magician
The three-time winner of the Magician of the Year award has returned from his long hiatus from the magic industry. In this escape room, discover the magic and mystery behind the man with all the tricks.
UNLOCKED: Escape Room
17952 Sky Park Circle, Irvine, unlockedoc.com
In an unlikely turn of events, Sherlock has been captured by the murderer he was after. Can you save Sherlock from his kidnapper piecing together the clues he left behind in his study?
Exodus Escape Room
5642 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim, exodusescaperoom.com
A mysterious house has been haunting your subconscious and has you asking all kinds of questions. After finding the address of the real-life house, you go there and are trapped! If you don’t escape in time, your personality will start to change—drastically.
624 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, escapadegames.us
Benjamin Franklin’s Invention Room
The British are coming, and they’re trying to steal Benjamin Franklin’s latest invention: a weapon that can defeat the redcoats. Find his coveted invention before the Brits get to it first and seal America’s fate.
Escape Room Era
3365 E. Miraloma Ave., Anaheim, escaperoomera.com
Harry Potter fans, this one’s for you. Explore the magic, secrets, and hidden chambers in this wizard’s study and defeat the monsters that lurk within before you’re trapped in the dark abyss forever.
Square Room Escape
2710 Alton Parkway, Irvine, squareroomescape.com
Live your detective fantasy and help the Prism Police Department solve their most recent case. You’re the best detective in town and the only one who can do the job.
The Prism Escape Rooms
17151 Newhope St., Fountain Valley, prismescaperooms.com
An old building is going to be demolished, and you and your work crew are doing one last sweep to make sure everything is good to go. It’s far from good when you discover some of your crew members missing and on your search, get locked in a room you’ve never seen before.
Escape the Place
26469 Rancho Parkway South, Lake Forest, escapetheplaceca.com
You’ve been captured and held hostage by a serial killer who eerily reminds you of Zodiac. Try to escape who may or may not be the infamous Zodiac Killer before you’re number 38.
Fox in a Box
123 W. Amerige Ave., Fullerton, foxinaboxescaperooms.com
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