Top 15 escape room experiences in Philadelphia!

Top 15 escape room experiences in Philadelphia! We've included all kinds of experiences in our list, from horror and fantasy themed to family friendly.

By markchan |
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The stringent deadlines and suffocating working hours are few of the most common reasons for the increasing stress levels in the general population. The working population is choked by the mammoth amount of work and bleak chances of growth. Whereas the students are dragged down by the fierce competition, lack of jobs and the ever looming student loans. The younger generation lead their lives carrying a huge burden on their shoulders. In such a bleak scenario escape rooms offer them an outlet to let off some of that stress. For a few moments they can forget about the deadlines, the office politics, the student loans and just be themselves. Every now and then indulging in such endeavours can help you manage your quality of life in a much better way.

Philadelphia, known colloquially as Philly, is the largest city in the U.S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the sixth-most populous U.S. city. The Philadelphia area's many universities and colleges make it a top study destination, as the city has evolved into an educational and economic hub. Philadelphia is the centre of economic activity in Pennsylvania and is home to five Fortune 1000 companies. Hence a larger part of the population is the younger generation. So, establishments like escape rooms are on the rise. The office workers as well as the students look for a stress outlet to blow off some steam and escape rooms provide them with just that.

We have compiled a list of 15 amazing escape room experiences you can’t afford to miss the next time you’re out and about in Philadelphia. 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 creativity and intellect for a ride, Here are the top 15 escape room experiences in Philadelphia!

Meltdown

About the experience

This escape room experience will put you and your teammates right in the middle of a nuclear catastrophe! As you and your fellow scientists enter the nuclear power plant, you find out that the head supervisor has gone missing. The situation takes a turn for the worse as an emergency situation leave you all blanched. The nuclear reactor’s core is experiencing a meltdown! You and your team have sixty minutes to stop that from happening.

This escape room will test your nerves and problem solving skills so beginners should beware. The escape room aesthetics are exactly like those of a nuclear reactor control room which further enhances the level of immersion offered by the experience. Make sure you don’t experience a meltdown yourself while trying to prevent one.

Player review

“This was my first escape room and I was nervous because I had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be one of the most exciting, engaging and entertaining experiences I’ve ever had in the city. The person I was with is an escape room veteran, and he said afterwards that ‘The Meltdown’ was by far the best designed room he had been in. I will definitely be back again.”Seaside (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will evaluate your skills in the same situation as the Chernobyl scientists. Can you keep your cool and prevent the catastrophe?

Prevent the nuclear catastrophe before it’s too late!
Prevent the nuclear catastrophe before it’s too late!

The Missing Five

About the experience

You live in a small town located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The people of this town have been living very peaceful and uneventful lives. No tragedy had ever befallen the town but all of sudden horrible things start happening! In a single month, five children went missing out of the blue. Everyone was horrified by the events and hoped that the authorities would solve this enigma soon. Realising that the police cannot solve the mystery, residents of the town themselves began an investigation.

Your team discovered that the children were last seen near an abandoned house. You decide to go in, investigate the house and look for the missing children. Who lives in that house? What happened? Where are the children? Are they still alive? Find the answers to all these questions as you solve the mysteries of the abandoned house in your quest to save the children.

Player review

“We were last minute looking for something to do and called around everywhere and no one would squeeze us in except for this place! It kept us on our toes the entire time! So much fun and the owners are really nice! Puzzles are challenging (a good challenging) not too easy and the place was clean! 10/10 recommend!”Felicia Burns (Facebook)

This escape room experience will take you on a quest to save the kidnapped children. Can you solve the mystery in time or will those children never see the light of another day?

Save the kids and break out of the house.
Save the kids and break out of the house.

The Art Gallery

About the experience

You were always intrigued by art, the subtle expression of ones emotions through shapes and forms always piqued your interest. There’s an amazing art gallery display in your town and you can’t miss it for the world. Everything was going well, you were utterly enchanted by the paintings and sculptures but you soon realise in midst of appreciating the works of art, you got locked up in the gallery all by yourself!

While you were looking for a way out, you stumble upon something you never should have witnessed. Now you know a dangerous secret and if you don’t get out of there quickly, your life is forfeit. You must look for clues to find your way out by searching through all the exquisite art pieces. The elaborate and artistic aesthetics of this escape room will deceive you into believing that you’re in a real art gallery. Can you make it out in time or will you be trapped in there forever?

Player review

“The Amazing Escape Room Philadelphia Central truly was amazing. We tried to escape the Art Gallery themed room. Though we lost, it was the most fun we'd heard as a family in a long time. The staff was amazing. I highly recommend the place and will be going back as long as they keep their relationship with groupon”shainacaldwell(TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience has a very true to life ambience. Solve the mysteries hidden in the art gallery before it’s too late.

Find the clues hidden in the pieces of art to find your way out.
Find the clues hidden in the pieces of art to find your way out.

Case Closed Philadelphia

About the experience

Your friend is a very high ranked secret agent. You didn’t really know about the fact until he informed you himself. Recently while he was out on a mission, your friend crossed international boundaries and happened to stumble upon a highly classified documents. If the contents of this document were to be revealed it could change the course of world politics itself! Disappearing to an unknown location, your friend has contacted all of you to help him.

You and your friends must assist him retrieve the classified documents and escape from the house where it was hidden. Though things aren’t as simple as looking for a document. The place is about to be raided by the government and you have sixty minutes to find the document and make it out of there! Are you up for the challenge?

Player review

“We came here on a Thursday and had a great experience. We did the Case closed room- it was challenging and we completed it in the dark but we made it out with 12 minutes left! I've done one other escape room in philly but amazing escape rooms is tops! Very happy to have found this gem! Will be back soon to try the other rooms!”Delaney (Yelp)

This escape room experience will put you in the footsteps of a secret agent. With the weight of the world's political scenario on your shoulders, will you be able to solve the mystery?

Find the documents before the government gets to them.
Find the documents before the government gets to them.

Escape The Hydeout

About the experience

This escape room experience is based on the story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The good Dr. Jekyll used to be a very humble and down to earth person but lately he has been acting strangely for weeks. To make matters worse he has suddenly gone missing! Amidst all this chaos a crazy fellow has been causing havoc in town. You’ve been hired to investigate these strange incidents. A friend of doctor has asked you to visit his study.

Something feels a bit off. Dr Jekyll seems to be hiding something dark, sinister side of himself! Can you find out what happened to Dr. Jekyll before it’s too late? The decor of this room is very spooky. The lighting and sound effects will always keep you on your toes. Can you keep your wits about you as you uncover the mystery within sixty minutes?

Player review

“We decided to book Escape The Hydeout: Mystery and were thoroughly pleased with the level of detail that went into building this room. The puzzles were very challenging, yet doable. Thankfully, we were paired up with two other couples, which not only made this room a better experience overall due to all the challenges, but allowed us to escape in the allotted 60 minutes.”Anthony (Yelp)

This escape room experience will lead you to a very ominous chamber. You need to unravel its mysteries before it’s too late.

Find out what’s wrong with Dr Jekyll.
Find out what’s wrong with Dr Jekyll.

Escape the 1980's

About the experience

You and your friends find yourselves stuck in a 1980s time warp! How did you get there? How in the world are you supposed to get back? Unravel all the mysteries by solving the puzzles, unlocking doors and hacking into computer system! You must find the clues from the musical puzzles, codes and retro tech. Work together with your friends to solve the puzzles in order to find your way out of the time warp.

Don’t worry though, you won’t need any special knowledge about the 80's enjoy this time defying adventure, just pay attention to detail and give it your best shot! The ambiance of this room has been designed exclusively to mimic the 1980s era. For some it might bring about a wave of nostalgia and for others it might be a window into an era they never got to experience. Whatever may be the case, this escape room experience will leave you with a smile across your face.

Player review

“It was a really awesome 1980s themed Escape Room. You do not need to have knowledge of the 1980s to complete the puzzles, just a clever mind. The staff was incredibly nice, they had a really cool retro items for sale in their store and you can win coupons for some cool treats at the food court in the same building. It was unbelievably fun.”vondiehmon (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will take you back in time! Embark on an adventure through the 1980s to make your way back to the future

Escape the 1980s before you’re stuck there forever.
Escape the 1980s before you’re stuck there forever.

Caribbean Pirate Ship

About the experience

You’ve always heard the folklores, tales of ships abundant with treasures. Treasures far more valuable than what the feeble minds of humans can fathom! Great captains have tried to conquer the sea of uncharted waters, but none ever prevailed. One of the most famous fables is that of captain Gustav Florence. It’s said that his ship sailed on an expedition to find the five powerful mystic stones. The ship never returned and captain Gustav Florence became nothing but a legend of the ruthless sea.

For decades the ship had been untraceable until it mysteriously resurfaced in the Caribbean, and you have been asked with locating the remains of captain Gustav Florence's expedition! You must board the haunted ship and locate the five powerful mystic stones within an hour, for if you don’t make it out on time, you never will. Embark on an adventure that takes you on an exploration of the pirate ship in search of lost treasures!

Player review

“I went with my cousins a couple weekends ago and we had a great time. We liked the Pirates theme and escaped! We got to speak with the woman running the place and she was very personable. I would recommend this place for a fun afternoon with friends or a team-building with colleagues.”Jdugs007 (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will give you the opportunity to board a haunted pirate ship in search of lost treasures!

Scavenge the pirate ship for the hidden treasure.
Scavenge the pirate ship for the hidden treasure.

Room 1409

About the experience

Tragedy continues to strike in Room 1409 time and again. This escape room will let you experience an escape scenario inside a hotel room replete with mysteries and puzzles. Room 1409 has a history of secrets inside of it that are waiting to be unraveled. Trails and scattered documents must be followed in order to escape the mysterious hotel room before time runs out. Was it fate or just tough luck, that made you the next occupant of the Room 1409 but you need to break out.

It might have been a piece of cake to check in, but unless you're able to escape within sixty minutes, you're not checking out ever! The escape room has been designed to look like an ominous hotel room. The haunting ambiance pressures your senses as you nudge them on to solve the puzzles and find a way out. Can you make it out on time or will you be another entry in the register without a checkout date?

Player review

“My fiancée and I are just short of having done 75 escape games and Room 1409 at Locked up Philly definitely hit our top five list in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area. The room was very well put together and engaging. The puzzles were solid and the tech functioned seamlessly, which made for a great experience. We cannot wait to come back!”Brittany (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will scare and work you up in most fascinating of the ways. Make sure you solve the room’s mysteries in sixty minutes if you wish to checkout.

Get out of the hotel room in time or you won’t be checking out at all.
Get out of the hotel room in time or you won’t be checking out at all.

Tesla's Mystery

About the experience

All his life, Nicola Tesla was obsessed with an idea of power transmission without any wires. He made huge strides in the field too, but he was always sidetracked by other projects and orders. It’s such a shame that he never got to see his brainchild come to fruition, or is it? Is there a possibility that Tesla actually succeeded in his quest of wireless power transmission but chose to keep it a secret from mankind of the time!

Did he really find a way to do it? If so, why would he keep it a secret? What other secrets did he withhold? These questions won’t be answered easily. You must sneak into his laboratory and look around for clues. It won’t be easy to retrace the footsteps of the genius scientist, so give it everything you’ve got! You have sixty minutes to solve the mystery, or will you lose the opportunity to unravel the hidden secrets of one of the greatest minds to ever walk this planet.

Player review

“Really cool Tesla-themed tech with fun and unique puzzles! I've done about 50 escape rooms in different cities, and I highly recommend this room! The set design was nice and had a lot of authentic-looking vintage pieces to set the tone. The puzzles were well-crafted and included an element I had never seen before in an escape room.”Sean (Yelp)

This escape room experience gives you the opportunity to rummage through the lab of Nicola Tesla! Can you figure out the genius’s hidden secrets?

Look for the secrets hidden by Nikola Tesla himself
Look for the secrets hidden by Nikola Tesla himself

A Quest for Freedom

About the experience

It is October 26th, 1776 and the streets of Philadelphia are alive with the crowds singing songs and firing guns, as they nervously await the invading British forces. The American Revolution has ignited the sentiments of this colonial town. The man elected to be the American ambassador to France is none other than Benjamin Franklin himself! He has a mammoth task awaiting him. He will have to not only convince the French government to join the American colonies in war but secure a 10 million dollar loan from the French as well!

As Benjamin Franklin races to the last ship sailing to France before the British forces arrive, he has called on you and your fellow rebels for help. He wants you to search through his study and secret print studio for the Seven American Reasons. These Seven Reasons inspired him to write the document that will convince the French to give the American colonies their support. You must quickly look for those Seven Reasons and print the document that Benjamin Franklin needs for his journey. The future of this revolution and American independence is in your hands!

Player review

“The Ben Franklin room interior felt authentic and no detail left undone. Throughout the game we constantly felt surprised and challenged by the clues and puzzles that kept us feeling like we were on an adventure. The clues and puzzles where challenging and clever, but didn't take a rocket scientist to get through them.”Heather (Facebook)

This escape room experience will take you right back to the American Revolution. You have a lot riding on your shoulders, can you complete this Quest for Freedom?

Help the United States of America in its quest for freedom.
Help the United States of America in its quest for freedom.

The Midnighters

About the experience

The year is 1988 and you identify yourselves as “The Midnighters,” a bunch of misfits from the neighbourhood. From the renowned trespassing incident at the arcade store, to that time you snuck a “Midnighters” jersey on the statue of William Penn at City Hall, you believe you’ve done it all. However, tonight you embark your greatest adventure. A moon rock gifted from NASA to Philadelphia in 1976 has been missing for over a decade. ‘The heist of ’79’ remains a history to this day.

Word on the street is, your crazy uncle Mick was part of the heist! It is said that he has hidden the moon rock somewhere in the Brotherly Love Boxing Club itself! For years and years now you’ve been listening to your Gramps suspecting Mick for stashing away the moon rock, but now you’ve decided to unravel the mystery once and for all. You must be careful though, for there’s a reason no one else has ever dared to sneak in the gym. Uncle Mick is vigilant, and always on the lookout! You can’t slip up now, with the value of the rock skyrocketing in the black market, this is your last chance to locate the sedimentary treasure.

Player review

“Two friends and I just completed the Midnighters room. We had such a blast! This was definitely the best escape room that I have ever been in. The room was fun, challenging, and creative. The staff were super nice and were really accommodating with taking lots of pictures for us. I can't wait to go back and try out the other room!”Emily (Yelp)

This escape room experience will take you on a Stranger Things meets Goonies-style adventure!

Grab the moon rock before the crazy Uncle Mick gets you!
Grab the moon rock before the crazy Uncle Mick gets you!

Intergalactic Escape

About the experience

The space time continuum has been destroyed, the balance of the universe is fleeting and billions of lives are at stake! It’s a time of peril, someone needs to step up and do something about the catastrophe or else the existence of the universe as we know it shall vanish. Just as you thought all was for naught, the great Captain Derrick Pitts approaches you with a mission! You and your team must travel through time and space to once again restore the pillars of intergalactic balance.

You and your team will embark on an amazing space adventure through a wormhole filled with perplexing contraptions, confounding clues, and funky physics. You are the last hope of this universe. Your team must work together and restore the pillars of intergalactic balance in sixty minutes or the very existence of the universe might perish. Can you untangle the space time continuum and restore the balance of the universe before it’s too late?

Player review

“I had a really great experience! I never want to say too much for escape rooms so that it doesn't give anything away when you go. So I'll just say that the game designers did a wonderful job with the story line, the puzzles, the incorporation of a lot of technology, built in teamwork, etc. I've been to many in Philly and this was one of my top favorites!”Jinsol (Yelp)

This escape room experience is for all the star trek fans! Embark on an intergalactic adventure and save the very existence of this universe.

Embark on an intergalactic adventure to save the universe.
Embark on an intergalactic adventure to save the universe.

Escape from Alcatraz

About the experience

One of the world’s most infamous criminals, Robert Stroud, also known by the name ‘Birdman of Alcatraz’ just passed away while serving a life sentence in the facility of Alcatraz. But things aren’t over just yet. In fact, lately a lot of strange things have been happening. After Robert’s death, the security guards and fellow inmates have been hearing bizarre sounds and aberrant blue lights emanating from his cell! The inmates are in a state of panic and the guards are scared to approach the room.

Everyone is the facility is concerned, and you have been hired by the authorities to look into the matter. As you reach the facility to solve the mystery, the inmates warn you! They say that the room has a life of its own. You and your team enters the room, suddenly the door closes behind you and you’re locked inside. Is the room really haunted? Where are the lights and sounds emanating from? You must find the answer to all these questions and break out of the room within sixty minutes. For if you can’t make it out in time, you won’t be making it out at all!

Player review

“Had an amazing time at Philadelphia room escape! My family and I were visiting friends in Philly and had a few days to check out some of the local escape rooms. This was one of our favourites, we originally booked the Alcatraz room which was quite large for the 4 of us but we were able to escape with just 2 minutes to spare!”EscapeHistory (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will take you on a supernatural adventure. Can you make it out of the haunted jail cell in time?

Unravel the secrets of the haunted jail cell.
Unravel the secrets of the haunted jail cell.

Alice in Wonderland

About the experience

Step into the world of fantasy and adventure! You have been invited by Alice and the Queen of Hearts to a tea party at the palace. You have been looking forward to this day for a long time now. But as fate would have it, the MadHatter lost your invitation. You won’t be let in the palace without an invitation but if you were to not show up even after the Queen's invitation, she is sure to get offended. You must think of something if you wish to keep your head!

The party has already started and you’re running out of time. Suddenly you come up with an idea! You make the decision to travel through the mirror, look for the exact time the tea party commences and go back just in the nick of time to join Her Majesty and Alice in the fabulous festivity! The escape room is designed to look like it’s been brought straight out of a fantasy world! Everything from the ambiance to the setting will have you believe that you really did travel to Wonderland!

Player review

“We really enjoyed the creative theme and unique puzzles and other subtle challenges involved with the room. It's definitely not the typical escape room where you start by looking for keys under the furniture, etc, and some of the aspects of the room might be intimidating if a group has never done an escape room before. However, if you already know escape rooms are your thing, definitely give this room a try!”Laura (TripAdvisor)

This escape room experience will take you straight to the world of fantasy and adventure! Step into the wonderland to have an adventure of a lifetime!

An adventure through time in the fabled Wonderland!
An adventure through time in the fabled Wonderland!

Escape Jack The Ripper

About the experience

The year is 1888, the season of autumn hugs London like a cozy red blanket. The trees look adorned with their amber leaves. But something sinister weighs down the air. A dark shadow sweeps off the joy from the cobbled streets. Walking the streets of London’s east end and terrorising one of the darkest slums in London is the notorious serial killer ‘Jack the Ripper.’

You and your team are a group of detectives who have been tasked to uncover the identity of the evil murderer. As soon as you accepted the mission, you plan to have a few drinks with your fellow detectives and talk about the atrocity that is Jack the Ripper. While you were at the pub, a stranger offers you all drinks and the next thing you know you wake up in a dark room with no recollection of how you got there. But this might very well be your final chance to uncover the true identity of the damned criminal. Can you uncover the mystery and make it out before it’s too late?

Player review

“We made it through the Jack the Ripper room, with about five minutes to spare, it was challenging and fun and the employee was absolutely fantastic, gave us her full attention and made it even more fun! I like that they can hear and see you, not only is that safe, it’s fun to know you might be giving someone a laugh lol and we have already made plans to go back!”Jessie (Facebook)

This escape room experience will pit you against the infamous murder Jack the Ripper! You must keep your cool and reveal his identity before it’s too late.

Face off the most notorious criminal in the history of Britain.
Face off the most notorious criminal in the history of Britain.

Top 15 escape room experiences in Philadelphia! We've included all kinds of experiences in our list, from horror and fantasy themed to family friendly. Top 15 escape room experiences in Philadelphia! Top 15 escape room experiences in Philadelphia! We've included all kinds of experiences in our list, from horror and fantasy themed to family friendly.

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