Escape Rooms in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Unleash your video gaming prowess on a wild game of wits in one of these live-action escape rooms in Michigan.

escape rooms in metro detroit and ann arbor

Are you a puzzle master who problem solves well under pressure? Then, escape rooms are the gaming outlets for you.

This live-action phenomenon was introduced to the U.S. in 2012, but the hype’s proven explosive, and now venues are peppered all over the mitten. How does this theatrical experience work? Players get locked in a room with friends, family or strangers and have (on average) 60 minutes to escape. For many, this sounds like the ultimate nightmare. But these team-building exercises mesh scavenger hunting with investigative sleuthing to test gamers’ intellects and get your adrenaline pumping.

All venues suggest players arrive 15 minutes early for a briefing on the game’s objectives. Consult their websites to book rooms, times, prices and parties. But take note: At some spots, you can’t challenge the same room twice and tickets are typically nonrefundable.

While the rooms foster mystery, there’s nothing scary about the experience (except, perhaps, the room with the zombie). Most venues require adults to accompany youth younger than 18 (varies by location), because the problem solving is geared toward adult minds. No need to pump iron in preparation; the puzzles require only mental strength. So checkout one of these escape rooms in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Warren and more, and let the timer begin.

Breakout! The Room Escape Game

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Ann Arbor

  • Address: 3460 E. Ellsworth Road
  • Hours: noon-7 p.m. Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Lansing

  • Address: 2722 E. Michigan Ave.
  • Hours: noon-8:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Royal Oak 

  • Address: 222 E. Fourth St
  • Hours: noon-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Warren

  • Address: 7300 Miller Drive, Suite B
  • Hours: noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, noon-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Phone: 586-359-6944
  • Costs: $25-$27/player

Nostalgic for the circus? Locked inside The Ringmaster’s Den, find the key before the timer reaches zero, or you’re doomed to stay as a permanent resident. Feel like snooping? Try your hand at The Game of Espionage (in Warren and Ann Arbor only) where a rival toy company has stolen the prototype to your company’s new creation. You can also choose from Zombie Roadhouse (for ages 16-plus), where the onslaught of the undead has forced survivors to take refuge in an abandoned pub or the Chamber of Illusions, where you are transported into a mysterious realm where nothing is what it seems.

Clever Clues Escape Room 

  • Address: 14741 Champaign, Allen Park
  • Phone: 313-209-1182
  • Hours: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 1-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: $19.99-$24.99

The level nine room at this spot features a nuclear reactor that is malfunctioning. You have just one hour to stop the meltdown and the devastation it will bring. On the easier side is the level six room in which you can help Detective Smith crack the case against a dirty cop.

Clueless Escape Rooms

  • Address: 5204 Jackson Road, Suite F, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-260-9180
  • Hours: 12:30-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 12:30-10:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, closed Monday-Tuesday
  • Costs: $27/person

Bring an eager team and your wits in one of three rooms at this spot. In the first, Tony has been bitten by a snake and you have 60 minutes to figure out what kind of anti-venom to give him. In the second, athletes must break into a rival locker room to get your teams championship trophy back. And in the third, you’ve inherited your granddad’s candy shop, but he never shared his secret recipes with you. You must search the shop to find them to save the shop from bankruptcy.

Decode Detroit 

Ann Arbor 

  • Address: 4072 Packard Road
  • Phone: 313-438-8054

Detroit (Coming in 2019) 

  • Address: 3014 E. Grand Blvd.
  • Phone: 313-438-8054

Ypsilanti 

  • Address: 16 N. Washington St.
  • Phone: 313-438-8054
  • Hours: 6-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; call for reservations
  • Costs: $28/person

The Ann Arbor location offers three rooms (The Minerva Project, Minerva’s Escape and Minerva’s Return) led by sassy artificial intelligence. The Aurora Society and Magic Lessons open in Ypsilanti this fall. Watch for a Detroit location in 2019.

EpIQ Escapes

  • Address: 561 Wildwood Ave., Jackson
  • Phone: 517-240-1173
  • Hours: 5-11 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: $20-$25/player

Fight for survival aboard the Ghost Ship or hunt for a serial killer in The Back Alley. There’s a nostalgic ’90s room and a game show room, too.

Escape Michigan

  • Address: 3661 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-214-9489
  • Hours: Call ahead to reserve a time slot
  • Costs: $25/person, $100/booking minimum

This spot offers two rooms, one in which Secret Agents in the world’s top agency in espionage and counter-intelligence operations search for a mole in their midst; and the second to uncover a cure for a deadly Viral Outbreak.

Escape Plans

  • Address: Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold St., Suite 227, Detroit
  • Phone: 248-572-3977
  • Hours: Public show times vary by day and room. Call to book private sessions, available daily
  • Costs: $28/person

Use your brain to escape the room within the hour or lose it to the walking dead. Not really, but every five minutes the zombie’s chain securing it to the wall gets longer. If you’re touched by the undead, you can no longer search for clues and can only communicate verbally with your team. New escape room, Escape from Science Lab Alpha, offers a more traditional escape room that pits you against a clock as you try to escape the lab with your life.

Escape the Room

  • Address: 1030 Randolph St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-343-1574
  • Hours: noon-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and Sunday, noon-11:20 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Monday-Tuesday
  • Costs: $28/person, plus service fee; up to 10 players

Choose to tackle a top secret mission in The Agency, dive deep to unravel a mystery in The Dig or channel your 80s sleuth in the Stranger Things-inspired Rec. Room. But be quick! You have 60 minutes to gain your escape.

Escape the Room Novi 

  • Address: 44325 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite H175, Novi
  • Phone: 248-308-2500
  • Hours: 3-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, noon-1 a.m. Saturday
  • Costs: $20-$25

Choose from easy, moderate, hard and very hard rooms that include themes like The Circus, Speakeasy, Illusionist, Cabin in the Woods, School of Magic, Tony’s Bistro and many others.

Escape Room Studios 

  • Address: 28525 Beck Road, Wixom
  • Phone: 248-845-8262
  • Hours: Call to reserve a time slot
  • Costs: $28/person

Offers a “Steampunk Gypsies” option for kids and adults ages 12-plus. And around Halloween, find the Vampire’s Lair for ages 14-plus. In the latter, expect one player to be blindfolded and the others handcuffed through a portion of the game. Someone must lay in a glass coffin, too.

Escape Room-Zone

Canton

  • Address: 41969 Ford Road
  • Phone: 734-844-2244
  • Hours: noon-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, noon-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Chesterfield

  • Address: 27923 23 Mile Road
  • Phone: 586-948-4444
  • Hours: noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday

Farmington

  • Address: 31514 Grand River Ave.
  • Phone: 734-355-9900
  • Hours: noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday

Madison Heights 

  • Address: 31401 John R. Road
  • Phone: 248-616-0050
  • Hours: noon-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday

Waterford

  • Address: 1490 N. Oakland Blvd., Suite B
  • Phone: 248-466-5040
  • Hours: 4:30-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1:30-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: $25-$30/person

Ready for an adventure? You can visit Kentsworth Sanitorium, find your way through the Mystical Forest, escape from a Mad Scientist and more. Don’t miss new rooms making their debuts throughout the year at various locations.

Ideal Escape Rooms

  • Address: Legacy Center, 925 N. Lapeer Road, Suite 246, Oxford
  • Phone: 248-572-3999
  • Hours: 3-8:30 p.m. Thursday, 3-10 p.m. Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday; weekdays by appointment.
  • Costs: $20-$28/person

If you like the Wild West, art or always wanted to be a firefighter, check out the rooms at Ideal Escape such as ‘Mona Lisa is Missing’ or ‘Firefighter Rescue’. There are three rooms offered here.

Michigan Escape Games

  • Address: 9023 Davison Road, Davison
  • Phone: 810-652-6165
  • Hours: daily; consult online calendar to book a time
  • Costs: $28-$32/player

Return to Michigan Escape Games again and again with eight live-action rooms at your disposal. Play the ultimate game of chess in CheckMate, apprehend a murderer in CSI: Homicide Detectives, escape a bizarre 1898 London railway station and more.

Michigan Escape Room

Washington Township

  • Address: 58944 Van Dyke Ave.
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Sunday

Clinton Township

  • Address: 39330 Garfield Road
  • Hours: Call ahead for details
  • Phone: 586-745-7665
  • Costs: $25-$27/ticket

Puzzle gurus, unite! Get locked in a room with some of your favorite people, and assist your team with your expertise. The venue is regularly showcasing new rooms, but veterans’ favorites such as the Elevator, Kidnapped in the Warehouse and Saloon are always ready for a fresh batch of newbies.Look for Vampire Cab and Amnesia coming soon.

Monroe Escape Rooms 

  • Address: 14750 Laplaisance Road, Suite H30, Monroe
  • Phone: 734-682-3347
  • Hours: 6-11 p.m. Friday, 1:30-11 p.m. Saturday, 1:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday; call for additional time slots
  • Costs: $25/person

In the Demise room, look for clues missed by police to inherit millions left by the late Darian Doppelganger. Also find two rooms based on urban legends including Area 51 and Monroe’s own Dog Lady Island.

Puzzled Escape 

  • Address: 8142 Grand River, Brighton
  • Phone: 810-360-0057
  • Hours: Call to reserve a time slot
  • Costs: $20-$26/person

The renowned scientist Dr. Sulken had been working on a mutation that could kill millions of people. Now, he’s been murdered and his work is missing. Solve the clues to find it before it falls into the wrong hands. And once you solve it, don’t forget to check out this spots other rooms, The Apocalypse and Patient 37.

Solve The Plot

  • Address: 31213 Plymouth Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-743-1098
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: $20-$25/person; call to inquire about the best rates

Ready to mingle and puzzle together the clutter? Solve The Plot Escape has three live-action rooms to choose from. Trapped on set, put your heads together to decipher the codes and beat the clock. Previously GameShow Escape.

The Fifth Wall Escape Rooms

  • Address: 1930 Hilton Road, Ferndale
  • Phone: 313-888-5580
  • Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 2:30-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Costs: Houdini Trap: $20-$28/person, The Purple Gang: $40/private room

This spot’s original room was built for the great Harry Houdini to attempt to escape. Tragically, he passed in Detroit before he could try the room. Now, local metro Detroiters can solve the puzzles and riddles that were built to specifically vex the master escape artist. A newer option, The Purple Gang, is just 25 minutes and pits you, a group of Detroit Police detectives, against the Chicago mob. Look for more rooms coming soon.

The Great Escape

Grand Rapids

  • Address: Masonic Center, 233 E. Fulton St., Suite 211,
  • Phone: 616-426-9227
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Royal Oak 

  • Address: 301 W. 4th St.
  • Phone: 248-291-7599
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: Call for details

Aspiring detectives can interview for positions as Sherlock Holmes’ apprentices in The Library. Successful recruits can return and try their hands at Holmes’ tailored puzzles in Gameroom in preparation for taking on Professor Moriarty. And Dr. Watson has a new Infirmary, but the doors to the operating room are spotty.

The doc and his team of cardiac surgeons have been locked out, leaving a patient’s chest open on the table, and it’s up to your team to perform the heart surgery! No pressure. Other rooms include Escape the Colosseum ant The President’s Bunker. Look for On The Run and other options coming soon.

Think It Out Escape Rooms

  • Address: 16658 15 Mile Road, Fraser
  • Phone: 586-359-2401
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday, noon-10:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-7:30 p.m. Sunday; call at least 2 hours in advance to book a room
  • Costs: call for details

Sleuth for puzzle pieces under pressure. Unlock the code to decrypt the blueprints for a revolutionary concept car in Mission Motown. Challenge the ultimate chamber of secrets in Mission Game On! Or exorcise the banshee from the trunk of unspeakable things in the Curse of Malachi. Two additional rooms, The Locker Room and Superhero U, offer more challenging games.

Looking for even more family fun? Check out the Metro Parent calendar for ideas.

This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly.

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