Orlando is arguably one of the most visited cities in the United States. While most people go to Orlando to visit one of the major theme parks, our preschooler TravelingMom recommends taking a break from roller coasters and character meetings to reasons to try an escape room on vacation. It’s the perfect way to get a break from the crowds, change of scenery, and to bond with your family and friends!
Escaping from Theme Parks
I recently returned from a family vacation to Universal Studios with my three adult siblings and my husband. We had one free night with nothing planned and no desire to return to the parks. I’ve done two escape rooms before but never one with all of my siblings. We’re a pretty competitive bunch, and I thought it would be a fun way to spend the evening. Little did I know that we would actually not only have fun, we would have so much fun that we would quickly become addicted to escape rooms and do four in the next three days.
The escape rooms that we chose were all at The Escape Game Orlando, just a 10-minute drive from Universal Studios. We started off easy with their Spy Room, The Heist and after breaking out of the room with just 30 seconds left on our buzzer, the adrenaline quickly led us to sign up for another game at 11:30PM that night. I never expected to break out of four escape rooms during our trip to Universal Studios, but I don’t regret the decisions to spend our time trying to literally break out of jail together instead of riding yet another roller coaster for one minute.
3 Reasons to Try an Escape Room on Vacation
There are escape games across the country, probably even one right down the street. Why do I recommend trying an escape room specifically while you’re on vacation?
1. Work together to solve a puzzle.
Escape rooms are just one puzzle you have to work together to solve. Learning how to work together to make decisions can help with group decision making and problem-solving when something inevitably goes wrong later on your trip.
2. A Vacation to Play Together and Stay Together
Families and friends that play together, stay together. An escape game is a great way to get your family or group bonding right from the get go.
3. Escape the Crowds.
Escape games get you out of the crowds, out of lines, and out of the hotel.
Which Escape Game Should We Do in Orlando?
While there are many escape rooms in Orlando, my personal favorite is The Escape Game. I looked at reviews and ratings for a variety of the escape games in the area and The Escape Game stuck out for a number of reasons such as its proximity to Universal Studios and the room themes. After actually breaking out of four of their rooms, I can tell you from personal experience:
- Their newest Mission to Mars room is literally out of this world and different than any other escape room I’ve ever done.
- They have five different rooms with times available from early morning to late at night, meaning you can almost always get into a game, even last minute. We booked a second game, same-day, on both a Thursday and a Saturday. And you can book games online!
- All four rooms we did were high-quality, well thought out, and appropriately challenging
- Everyone we came in contact with at the location was fantastic. From our enthusiastic guides to the front desk workers who sold us on our fourth game in three days, you could tell they truly enjoyed their jobs and made it fun for everyone who walked through the door.
- You get a 20% discount for booking an additional game after you finish your first. Or if you can’t fit another game in on this trip, you can purchase a gift card for an additional game and still get the discount.
- After your game if you take your receipt or I escaped sticker to a handful of local restaurants, they’ll give you up to a 20% discount. Ask at the front desk for the entire list.
Other Places to Experience The Escape Game
If you’re not headed to Orlando anytime soon, The Escape Game also has locations in Dallas, Austin, Nashville, Pigeon Forge, Minneapolis, and Chicago.