10 amazing escape room experiences in San Diego!

Top 10 escape room experiences in San Diego! We've included all kinds of experiences in our list, from horror and fantasy themed to family friendly.

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Top 10 escape room experiences in San Diego! We've included all kinds of experiences in our list, from horror and fantasy themed to family friendly. 10 amazing escape room experiences in San Diego! Top 10 escape room experiences in San Diego! We've included all kinds of experiences in our list, from horror and fantasy themed to family friendly.

With the rising popularity of escape rooms, the number of establishments providing such experiences have increased exponentially. The genres of experiences you can enjoy are so diverse and wide that no matter what you are into, there’s an escape room experience just for you. The quality of services provided by escape room establishments is exceptional, hence people have come to see these institutions as healing and relaxing places where they can let off their daily burdens and be free for a while.

San Diego is a city in the U.S. state of California on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 120 miles south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the border with Mexico. San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest in California. San Diego has been called “the birthplace of California”. Historically home to the Kumeyaay people, it was the first site visited by Europeans in what is now the West Coast of the United States. San Diego's main economic engines are military and defence-related activities, tourism, international trade, and manufacturing. With the advent of events like Comic Con, the tourism department has seen a drastic rise in the revenue statistics. This boom in tourism also benefits establishments like escape rooms as their clientele grows wide and makes their presence known.

We have compiled a list of 10 amazing escape room experiences you absolutely cannot miss the next time you’re in San Diego and up for an adventure! We put in hours of work in with research, surveys and reaching out to the game masters themselves to make sure we put forward unerring experiences of the escape rooms to help you make the right choice. So if you want to take your imagination on a ride, Here are the top 10 escape room experiences in San Diego!

The A.I.

About the experience

Your friend Jonathan Adams is a genius, he’s crafted some of the most amazing you’ve ever seen. He has gone missing after being implicated in a digital attack on the government! Where is Jonathan? How are you supposed to help him? Find the answers to all these questions as you enter his studio to find clues that could help him clear his name. Also, make sure you don’t provoke ADA. And who might ADA be? Jonathan’s AI digital assistant who has gone rogue and taken over the room!

You and your team must outmanoeuvre the Artificial Intelligence to find about your friend's location and all the clues you need to help him out of this situation! It’s not an easy task to go against an AI in a battle of wits, so make sure you prepare yourself. Embark on a futuristic adventure as you fend off an AI to save your friend from the unnerving impeachment as a traitor. This escape room has a very futuristic ambiance. You have one hour to find the location of your friend and make it out of his studio.

Player review

“Wow. Our first experience in an escape room and it was awesome! We tried the AI room and got out with 7 minutes to spare, with lots of hints. We were able to do a walk in and got a room just to ourselves, but I don't think this is the norm. The room was nicely decorated and I really felt like I was actually where I was supposed to be in the game. Overall a very good experience!”Jessica (Yelp)

This experience is bound to bring back Terminator memories! You can’t afford to miss it if you’re into the humans versus robots genre.

Escape the lab before ADA labels you as a plausible threat!
Escape the lab before ADA labels you as a plausible threat!

Science

About the experience

You and your friends are a team of young journalists. Recently the cases of performance enhancing drugs being sold around the town have been on the rise. A new manufacturer has seemingly entered the game and his product is selling like hotcakes! You have pursuing the case for a while now and you’ve uncovered the identity of the man behind these drugs. As it turns out, he’s one of the most reputed doctors in the city!

The doctor has caught on and realised that he might get exposed so he intends to destroy all evidence. You must make haste and get to the doctor's lab before he gets rid of all the skeletons in his closet. You and your team of journalists manage to reach his lab before him! You have one hour to find solid evidence that could expose his evil deeds, but it isn’t as simple as it sounds. The doctor is very meticulous with his work so your wits will be put to test.

Player review

“Our group went for a team-building event. The Science Room was very challenging and although we didn't finish within the one hour time limit, everyone was very excited when solving each of the clues. I would recommend the Medieval Room if you're going for the first time. The only issue I had was with parking so I recommend getting there early when making a reservation.”Anthony (Yelp)

This escape room experience will have you expose the dark secrets of a very reputed doctor.

Expose the reputed doctor before he gets away with his felony.
Expose the reputed doctor before he gets away with his felony.

The Lost Jungle Safari

About the experience

You’ve always loved nature and wildlife. You finally managed to get a leave from your office and you’re going to embark on a jungle safari adventure along with your friends. You’re finally in Africa, cradle of the civilisation itself! You were enjoying the safari, raising the the view, amazed by the animals and vegetation all around you. Suddenly things take a turn for the worse and now you’re desperately looking for a place to hide from the imminent danger.

As you looked for a haven to save yourself, you run into clues that indicate the existence of a hidden treasure nearby! This could be huge, if you get your hands on the treasure, you’re set for life! But as it turns out you’re not the only one after the treasure. A fierce native tribe has also caught on and now it’s a race against time. Can you solve the mystery and find the treasure before the tribe gets hold of it or will you let it slip through your fingers.

Player review

“We took on the jungle room and we all had a blast solving the clues. We did escape but the boys also took full advantage of the use of the walkie talkie and asking for hints whenever they got stuck. I thought that the dim lighting in the jungle room provided an extra challenge as it made things harder to see. I love how these rooms force you to communicate and work as a team.”Abby (Yelp)

This escape room experience will give you a major Indiana Jones throwback! Find the treasure before the natives get a hold of it.

Locate the hidden treasure and escape before the natives catch you.
Locate the hidden treasure and escape before the natives catch you.

Medieval

About the experience

It’s the medieval ages and you’re a loyal subject of king Uther Pendragon. You’ve been by his side for years now. After years of conquests and victories, the king seems to be losing the war against his sickness. As the king lies on his deathbed awaiting the dreaded moment, you’re heartbroken watching your king leave and you just can’t make peace with it. Out of the blue you get the wind of a miraculous fountain!

You are elated as you find out about the existence of the legendary ‘Fountain of Youth’. It is said that the person who drinks from the Fountain of youth shall be cured of all his ailments and shall live forever! You embark on a journey to find the mythical fountain and retrieve the magical waters to save your king. But things aren’t as easy as you might expect for Merlin, the guardian of the legendary fountain has riddled the place with puzzles and traps. You have sixty minutes to retrieve the magical waters before the kings life is forsaken.

Player review

“Our group had so much fun doing the medieval theme! Customer service was great and we felt very supported and had positive vibes from them which helped us feel more relaxed for our first escape room experience. The escape room itself stumped us a few times but we were still able to beat it, a good frustration level without being overbearing. Definitely recommend!”Gigi (Yelp)

This escape room experience will take you back in time. Embark on a journey to find the magical fountain of youth and save your king!

Retrieve the magical water from the fountain of youth.
Retrieve the magical water from the fountain of youth.

The Informant

About the experience

Something sinister is brewing up and you can’t seem to find the person behind all this. Illegal land deals, environmental leaders being kidnapped and death threats. Things have never been this bleak. You were finally catching up a bit, but one of your best informants turned up dead! You and your team of secret agents get focused on the case and try to zero in on the person behind all the travesty.

As your team was working on the case, one of your fellow agents has gone missing! You started looking for him and to get a lead on his current location you start going through the cases he was working on. You find something suspicious and decide to take a look for yourself. You must break into Liberty Capital Group’s main office and look for any possible clues that could lead you to the missing agent. Be careful thought, the whole place is secured and one wrong step could give away your presence! You must work very carefully through the traps and puzzles in order to find the evidence that could create a concrete case against the man behind all this travesty.

Player review

“Absolutely recommend this place! We had a company event here, which is still ongoing and a group is scheduled for this weekend so I won't give away much! But the people here were fabulous and made us very comfortable. The game is designed to be fun and very interactive. We did the Informant and by consensus, all of us are going to be back! Good job!”Mugdha (Yelp)

This escape room experience will give you the opportunity to work as a secret agent on a mission to figure out the villain’s true identity.

Find the clues and evidence hidden in Liberty Capital Group’s main office.
Find the clues and evidence hidden in Liberty Capital Group’s main office.

Mad Lab: Resurrection

About the experience

You are a scientist and along with your team you have received a strange request from a well known scientist. He’s asked you to help him resurrect someone! Is that even possible? Who needs to be resurrected? With all these questions popping up in your head, you decide to visit the lab mentioned by the professor. As soon as you and your team arrives at the lab, you’re received by a mad scientist. As you walk into the facility, you’re taken aback by what you see.

A professor that seems to have turned into a zombie has been chained to one of the walls! The mad professor tells you that the poor professor has fallen prey to radioactive radiation and become the undead. To find a way to save him, you must enter the vault but as soon as you do, a countdown gets triggered. Now you have sixty minutes to find out the key information to save the undead professor and break out of the lab before the annihilation of the lab begins. Can you make it out in time?

Player review

“I've been to several escape rooms and this one was one of the best! We had a great time. We did the "Mad Lab" scenario. If he touches you, they put you in a cell and you have to answer questions to get out. Having this element added to the game definitely made it interesting and kept us on our toes!The staff was nice and helpful. I would definitely recommend this one!”Robert (Yelp)

This escape room experience will have to save an undead scientist by breaking into a vault. You must make it out in time for the lab has triggered an auto destruct sequence timer!

Find the clues and evidence hidden in Liberty Capital Group’s main office.
Find the clues and evidence hidden in Liberty Capital Group’s main office.

Budapest Express

About the experience

You are onboard the famous Budapest Express. Accompanying you on your journey to Budapest is Karine Peaufiner, the famous french detective. You’ll be meeting with various detectives showcasing the latest research and progressions in the forensic sciences. As you were going through your case notes in the middle of the night, suddenly the train manager approaches you and requested you to follow him to the first class dining coach.

As soon as you walk in to the coach your eyes dart to the body of Sir Clarence Hayden slumped over the dining table. He had been murdered, and the killer was still onboard! The train master asks you for help as the train would arrive at the next station in sixty minutes and the killer would be free once he or she walks off the train. You have narrowed down your list of suspects to five people who were seen near the coach at the time of murder. But the killer has targeted you now! You have an hour to unmask the criminal before you become the next victim.

Player review

“We loved paying Budapest Express game as a family It was wonderful to see my children working as a team letting others think and coordinating with each other Though we didn't escape. We learned of the murderess from the game master. The staff were very efficient, cheerful and accommodating”Bina (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will have you at your wits end! Find the real culprit before you fall prey to the killer yourself.

Can you find the sinister murderer on the train?
Can you find the sinister murderer on the train?

Antidote

About the experience

Dr. Walter Brandt is a world renowned chemical weapon scientist. He has been working with the United States government to develop a bio weapon that could annihilate enemy forces quickly and efficiently. The deadly virus thus created is of absolute importance to the government. But as it turns out, Dr. Walter has gone rogue and plans to sell the deadly virus to an enemy nation! You can’t let this happen, you must find the antidote before the enemies get their hands on the virus.

You and your team break into the secret lab where TS-51 was conjured. As you were looking around for the antidote, a team member accidentally knocks over a vial that contains the deadly virus! Now you’ve all been infected by the virus and as the chemical detection sensors pick up the virus the whole facility goes into a lockdown and a total decontamination procedure countdown is triggered. After sixty minutes all living creatures shall be annihilated! You must solve the puzzles and riddles in order to get to the antidote before it’s too late!

Player review

“My brother and I hadn't done an escape room before, so we signed up for Antidote which happens to be their easiest one. The presentation of the challenges was clever, and our ever present observer, Augustus, gave us clues to nudge us the right way without ruining the puzzle. We're definitely coming back in the future!”Salvatore (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will have you search frantically for the antidote of the deadly virus that has infected you and your team.

Find the clues to conjure the antidote for TS-51.
Find the clues to conjure the antidote for TS-51.

The CSI Lab

About the experience

A sudden catastrophe has befallen the world. A very poisonous biotoxin has been released in the air and it has already started claiming lives! The exact origin of the toxin is unknown but it has been spreading all over the world at an exponential rate and if not taken care of shall envelop the whole planet and leave utter disaster in its wake. The world population is in panic as people’s loved ones are falling victim to the toxin by the minute.

You and your team work for the CSI has forensic scientists and have taken it upon yourself to craft an antidote to fight the sinister biotoxin. But while you were researching the toxin, you and your team has been infected by it as well. Now you have sixty minutes to research and find the clues hidden in the CSI forensics lab. With every minute that passes your body feels heavier, you’re having trouble gathering your thoughts. Will you push through and save the world or will it be the end of civilisation as we know it?

Player review

“First time going to an escape room, and it was tons of fun! The game master helped us through the rules and general proceedings of how these work. We were signed up for the CSI lab, and we managed to escape with 6 minutes left! Great fun, the props and puzzles were amazing. Definitely coming back here again to try out the other rooms.”Timothy (Yelp)

This escape room experience will have you work as a CSI forensic scientist for the antidote for a biotoxin plaguing the planet!

The biotoxin is spreading everywhere, can you solve the mystery in time?
The biotoxin is spreading everywhere, can you solve the mystery in time?

The Lazarus Crystal

About the experience

Gary Johnson, a former Enigma HQ agent has gone rogue! He was an essential member of your team and you were researching a mysterious crystal that your team had come across. Out of the blue, Gary decided to leave your team and start working for your arch rivals, the Labyrinth! It is a mysterious organisation that only works for their own selfish motives. Things were already going south but you soon realise they had taken a turn for the worse when the Lazarus Crystal went missing.

You look into the matter and find out that Gary had taken the mysterious crystal before he ran off to join your arch rivals. There’s no way you’re going to let this pass so easily. You and your team embark on a journey to Paris in order to locate the precious crystal and teach your ex-colleague a lesson in the process. You must decipher the mysterious crystal’s power before Labyrinth does for once they get their hands on it, they’ll surely use it for their personal motives. You have sixty minutes to complete the task, do you have what it takes?

Player review

“The wife and I worked through the Lazarus Crystal escape room at Enigma HQ with a couple of old friends and a good time was had by all. We got a little bogged down once or twice, but our guide gave us just enough hints to keep things moving along nicely. We even managed to finish with a few minutes to spare. It was a good way to kill an hour before dinner.”Palandri (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will take you on an adventure through Paris! Don’t worry though, you won’t have to bring along your passport.

Decipher the power of Lazarus Crystal.
Decipher the power of Lazarus Crystal.
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