It may seem like the last thing you want to pay for is having someone lock you in a room and expect you to escape. But it’s actually one of the most thrilling, exciting challenges ever! Completing an escape room is a team building experience, a confidence boosting challenge, and gives you the most satisfying thrill.

Escape Rooms are quickly gaining popularity, and it’s easy to see why. Here’s the deal. You and a group of friends or strangers in your group actually pay to experience the feeling of being trapped and having to get out. You have to solve various mysteries and puzzles to escape, and work together as a team.

Here are some of the top Escape Rooms in Utah! 

Mystery Escape Room 

130 S Rio Grande St

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Experience everything at the Mystery Escape Room! There are some good hints and clues offered for your help, fun and enthusiastic actors, and a good time guaranteed! They offer a big variety of rooms and themes in their Salt Lake and Saint George locations. You can even get season passes and different packages for experiences! One of my favorite features about Mystery Escape Room is the fact that they tell you the lineup for the rest of the year, so you can excited about what’s coming! Get tickets here

The Escape Key

250 E 300th S, Ste 380

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

The Escape Key is great, because they’ll accept walk ins if available. Don’t hesitate to call last minute and check! They offer a variety of themed escapes and offer a great synopsis for each. They also have a Provo location! Get tickets here

Get Out Games

202 W 400th S

Salt Lake City, UT 84101

I would highly recommend checking out Get Out Games official website. It’s interactive, and entertaining. It made me want to immediately get up and take on one of their escaper rooms as we speak! They have exciting music and videos that will excite you and educate you. They even separate the experiences by “Group Activities and Dates”, “Friends and Families”, and “Work and Group Events”. Each challenge is exactly 60 minutes. Get tickets here

Hidden Chambers

8522 S 1300th E, Ste 202

Sandy, UT 84094

This is a great location for families because they accept kids 8 and up and accept up to 15 people! They hide gold coins throughout the venue and when someone from your team finds one, your team gets help or clue! There’s different levels of difficulty so be sure to book accordingly. 

It’s definitely fun, but not easy to do. I don’t want to you to feel completely overwhelmed when you start so I’ve figured out some important tips to help you get started. Each room and location is different, but here’s some general tips.

1. Take in EVERYTHING:

Yes, everything! Observe, take note, and look at every single thing you can. Anything can be a clue, so don’t miss anything. Look at every object and inspect every part of it. If you can take notes, absolutely do it. You might not realize how certain clues go together and connect if you’re not paying attention. Keep track of everything!

2. Good communication is vital:

This is rule that applies almost every moment in life, but it’s especially important here! You’ll be escaping with a group, and it could be with your friends, and it could include some strangers. Open communication is important. Don’t be afraid to throw out any ideas or speculations, even if they seem dumb. That being said, make sure you’re open and receptive to anything anyone else has to say, refraining from all judgement. Maybe you start off the challenge by having every member quickly stating their strengths and weaknesses. 

3. Go with friends you work well with

You should give everyone who wants to participate a chance to participate in the escape room with you, but if you’re putting together a group to go out consider the group you put together. If you have a tendency to get in major fights with your siblings, maybe call some friends instead. If you want your team at work to have some team building experiences, this might be perfect!

4. Ask for help if you can:

Most Escape Rooms offer a chance to get extra help or an extra hint. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of this opportunity, it won’t reflect poorly on yourself, and it doesn’t mean you’re giving up! A little help could be the thing that gets you to the next level and helps you figure out important information. 

5. Don’t Panic:

The Escape Rooms are meant to be a little stressful, so it’s ok if you feel a little stressed. They’re meant to be a little scary too, so it’s okay if you feel spooked! 

6. Leave the ego at home:

You’re probably going to need help, you’re probably going to be confused, and you might not successfully complete the challenge! Sometimes you might get really excited about figuring out a clue, give it all your time and energy, and realize you’re totally wrong. Do not let it get you down! If you don’t escape, it’s totally fine! The experience itself is important, no matter how it ends. 

7. Brush up on your mental skills:

Practice some math, watch some thrillers, re-read your Nancy Drew novels, and prepare yourself mentally! You never know what skills you might have to pull out of your hat to solve the the puzzles and clues. 

 Go to the bathroom before you start. Get plenty of sleep, and eat a good meal before. This is a no brainer, you want to give the escape room ALL of your time and energy!