Escape room games offer a different kind of group activity than your typical movie or game night.
Based off of escape-the-room video games, players use clues hidden within the room to try to get out within the allotted time. Geared for children ages 12 and older, escape rooms are a great way to put the phone down for an hour and work together as a team to solve the puzzles.
Some venues even offer birthday parties, which is something to consider for teenagers who still want to have a party without it feeling "childish."
We recommend looking through the websites to see the themes of the rooms, prices, and to make reservations. Here is a list of escape rooms in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Rockland County, Bergen County, Nassau County, and Suffolk County.
Escape Rooms in Manhattan
48 W. 20th St., Flatiron
Created by set designers who worked for the interactive theater experience Sleep No More, this venue offers two themes: Prison Break and The Haunted Hotel.
1114 Sixth Ave., Midtown West
Located at the concourse level of the Grace building, themes include The Lost Spy, Egyptian Tomb, Ultimate Heist, and Alien Encounter.
Escape Entertainment - NYC
39 W. 32nd, 4th Floor, Midtown West
There are three rooms: Prohibition Pandemonium, Manhattan Mayhem, and Alien Attack. The first two games are appropriate for kids as young as 10 as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Alien Attack is better suited for ages 14 and older.
Escape Games NYC
79 Leonard St., Tribeca
This location offers a detective, outer space, John Doe, and experiment themes with the option to book your own private game to play with your teammates. Recommended for ages 14 and older.
Escape the Room
107 Suffolk St., Lower East Side
24 W. 25th St., Flatiron
The Lower East Side location has Theater and The Rec Room to escape the ‘80s, and the Flatiron location offers four themes: Dig, Submarine, Office, and Home.
59:59 Room Escape NYC
38 W. 32nd St., 6th Floor, Midtown West
This game offers three themes based on classic stories: Escape of the Three Little Pigs, Escape From the Hound of the Baskervilles, and Escape from the Chamber of Dreams. Another theme called Exodus is slated to open this summer.
Mystery Room NYC
365 Seventh Ave., 2nd Floor, Midtown West
190 Mercer St., West Village
Each room is called a “chapter” and you do not have to play them in order. The Midtown games are Biotech Labs and Café Belim, and the West Village location has Forgotten Library. There are also options to book a custom escape room for events or for children younger than 13 to be able to solve.
325 W. 38th St., Store 2, Midtown West
Offering three rooms—Laboratory of Biohazard, The Penitentiary, and Room X—OMEscape has options for birthday party packages.
Escape Rooms in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Escape Room
594 Pacific St., Downtown Brooklyn
Choose from Shelter R, The Haunted, and Medieval Dungeon.
52 Kent St., Greenpoint
With locations around the world, the Greenpoint venue has a mix of scary rooms and kid-friendly ones such as Chinese Jewelry Box and The Robbery That Changed the World. There are also locations in Long Island City, Queens and the Financial District, Manhattan.
714 61st St., Sunset Park
Recommend for children ages 14 and older, this location has Saw, Lost Treasure of the Century, and Escape Plan rooms.
Escape Rooms in Queens
I Survived the Room
4711 Van Dam St., Long Island City
Unlike other escape room experiences, I Survived the Room utilizes professional actors, lighting, effects, and a scripted to show along with the clues and puzzles as part of the storyline. Locations in Suffolk County, Long Island and Staten Island are coming soon.
Locked – Escape Rooms NYC
22-56 31st St., Astoria
You can play one of two games at this location: Vendetta and Spooky Room 479, and soon a pirate theme this fall.
Mission Escape Games
134-26 Northern Blvd., Flushing
Though its flagship is located in Chinatown, the Flushing location offers themes such as The Da Vinci Obsession, The Dungeon of Elements, Escape Plan II to try to escape a prison facility, and The Curse of the Pharaoh.
Unravel Escape Rooms
108-14 72nd Ave., Forest Hills
You will have 60 minutes to break out of either the Photoshop Panic or Wicked Workshop rooms.
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Escape Rooms in Westchester County
862 Scarsdale Ave., Scarsdale
Westchester’s very first escape room offers two different themes: Deadline and Gamers Challenge.
The Puzzle Parlour
131 Court St., White Plains
There are four rooms to choose from: The Heist Part 1, The Surgery, The Cosmic Conspiracy, and Vampires Dinner.
Escape Rooms in Rockland County
Escape the Mystery Room
3681 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
At this escape room, you can choose your difficulty level while booking one of nine rooms. There is also a party package for a room called Black Ops that includes a party room space for two hours, pizza, dessert, and drinks.
Escape Rooms in Bergen County, NJ
Black Hat Escape Room
810 Abbott Blvd., Fort Lee
This room has a Jurassic Takeover game, where dinosaurs are roaming the streets in present day and you and your team need to find the sequence to keept them from staying.
168 Franklin Turnpike, Suite 104, Waldwick
201-251-CLUE (2583); cipherseeker.com
Cipher Seeker has three rooms for all skill levels, including Defcon 1, Graveyard Inlet, and Framed for experienced players.
Escape Room NJ
157A Main St., Hackensack
The two rooms at this location are S.W.A.T. and The Other Side, which is available in horror and detective (not scary) versions. Party packages and other activities such as airsoft, human bumper balls, and Minute to Win It are also available.
Escape Rooms in Nassau County, Long Island
Can You Escape?
44 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola
Escape room themes include Once Upon a Time, The Interrogation Room, The Subway, The Apartment, and The Prison Break. They also have a mobile escape room available for special events.
Challenge Escape Rooms
922 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square
203 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre
Established in 2015, this game has four locations: two in Nassau County, one n Bayside, Queens, and one in Patchogue in Suffolk County. Among all of them, there are nine different rooms. If you bring children younger than 14, you must book the whole room out to ensure their safety.
Epic Escape Rooms LI
357 Hempstead Turnpike, Suite 203, West Hempstead
This room’s game is called Killer Feature, where you and your team need to find out how to escape a horror movie.
Just Escape LI
529 Broadway, Massapequa
Just Escape has birthday party packages available and several themed rooms, including Prey, The Illusionist, Pirates of the Dark Sea, Sweet Revenge, Carnival Conundrum, and Underworld.
Puzzle Break LI
180 Michael Drive, Syosset,
These rooms include Escape from 20,000 Leagues, Escape the Midnight Carnival, and The Grimm Escape. Puzzle Break’s games are also exclusively offered aboard Royal Carribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, and Harmony of the Seas ships.
The Escape of a Lifetime
473 Old Country Road, Westbury
Rooms include Da Vinci’s Study, The Vault, and The Asylum.
Escape Rooms in Suffolk County, Long Island
256 Main St., Suite 1205, Northport
The theme at this escape room is Grandma’s Basement to discover the hidden secrets of Grandma Edna. Children younger than 10 are not recommended to attend.
Escape Room Long Island
718 Portion Road, Lake Ronkonkoma
70 Horseblock Road, Yaphank
The four rooms at each location are Legends of the Hidden Temple, Alcatraz Prison Escape, Cabin in the Woods, and Time Warp Escape Room. Children younger than 7 are not allowed to play.
Escape Zone Long Island
872 Middle Country Road, Saint James
Rooms include Madhatter’s Wonderland, Casino Heist, and Date Night for ages 17 and older.
1518 Main St., Port Jefferson
This room’s theme is Sunderland Hollow, where players figure out the mysteries hiding in this town.
2402 Ocean Ave., Suite 2, Ronkonkoma
631-676-LOCK (5625); padlockedinc.com
Along with private parties, Padlocked has four rooms: Cuckoo’s Nest, Escape the Jungle, Home Alone, and Outlaw Round-Up, which is a premium room and not recommended for visitors younger than 16.
Main image: The interior of Brooklyn Escape Room
Courtesy Brooklyn Escape Room
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