Escape Rooms in Southeast Michigan and Beyond

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

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

Ann Arbor

  • Address: 3460 E. Ellsworth Road, Ann Arbor
  • Hours: noon-7 p.m. Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-10:15 p.m. Friday, 2-11:15 p.m. Saturday

Lansing

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

Warren

  • Address: 7300 Miller Drive, Suite B, Warren
  • Hours: noon-9:15 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Phone: 586-359-6944
  • Costs: $22-$25/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. New to the game: Zombie Roadhouse (for ages 16-plus), where the onslaught of the undead has forced survivors to take refuge in an abandoned pub. Find the hideaway gear before the generator runs out of fuel, or your team becomes fresh meat.

Clueless Escape Rooms

  • Address: 5204 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-260-9180
  • Hours: 1-8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 1-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-8:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: $25/person

Bring an eager team and your wits. Things get heated in these two rooms where athletes can break into their rival’s locker room or disgruntled employees can try to retrieve a nasty letter they regrettably placed on their boss’s desk. Will there be sweet revenge or retribution? The answer is in the clues.

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: $25/player, $20/player on Wednesdays

All aboard, mateys! Hop on the pirate ship The Revenge to discover where the crew’s hidden the loot. Make the plunder quick or your captain loses his head. Hitch a ride aboard a mystic’s caravan in The Teller’s Fortune, or play a “whodunit” and tickle your inner detective in CSI: The Murder of Arthur Garrison.

Escape Michigan

  • Address: 2070 Waldorf St. NW, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-214-9489
  • Hours: 7:15-9 p.m. Monday, noon-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday
  • Costs: $25-$50/person

Puzzle under pressure at this venue owned by the creator of The Haunt and operated using the same detail to design. Become a secret agent to expose a double agent in an ultimate game of espionage, or put on your lab coat and contain a deadly virus before it contaminates the town.

Escape Plans

  • Address: Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold St., Suite 227, Detroit
  • Phone: 248-572-3977
  • Hours: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturdays; 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, 60 Minutes and Counting, puts the fate of the world in your hands when a lab experiment goes terribly wrong. You have 60 minutes to unlock the clues or, boom! Global catastrophe. Location is previously known as Trapped in a Room with a Zombie!

Escape the Room

  • Address: 1030 Randolph St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-343-1574
  • Hours: 4:40-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 4:40-11:20 p.m. Friday, 12:40-11:20 p.m. Saturday, 12:40-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: $28/person, plus service fee; up to 10 players

Choose to tackle a top secret mission in The Agency or dive deep to unravel a mystery in The Dig. But be quick! You have 60 minutes to gain your escape.

Escape Room-Zone

Canton

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

Chesterfield

  • Address: 27923 23 Mile Road
  • Phone: 586-948-4444
  • Hours: noon-11:15 p.m. daily

Farmington

  • Address: 31506 Grand River Ave.
  • Phone: 734-355-9900
  • Hours: noon-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-midnight Friday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: $25/person (2-8 players)

Waterford

  • Address: 1490 N. Oakland Blvd., Suite B
  • Phone: 248-466-5040
  • Hours: 1 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday; weekdays by appointment.
  • Costs: $20-$30/person

Ready for an adventure? You can visit Madame Adara, “the mystical fortune teller,” snoop through mad scientist Dr. Gravemore’s sanitarium, or try your luck at outsmarting Mr. Wonderman in his vintage toy store. Don’t miss new rooms making their debuts later this fall, (check online for updates). Canton and Waterford locations presently under development, slated to open soon.

Ideal Escape Rooms

  • Address: Legacy Center, 925 N. Lapeer Road, Suite 246, Oxford
  • Phone: 248-572-3999
  • Hours: 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: $24-$30/player

Return to Michigan Escape Games again and again with seven 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

  • Address: 58944 Van Dyke Ave., Washington Township
  • Phone: 586-745-7665
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Sunday
  • Costs: $25/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 Heist, Asylum and Saloon are always ready for a fresh batch of newbies.

Solve The Plot

  • Address: 31213 Plymouth Road, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-743-1098
  • Hours: daily; consult online calendar to book a time
  • Costs: $20-$28/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: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: $28/person

This 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. Look for more rooms coming soon.

The Great Escape

Grand Rapids

  • Address: Masonic Center, 233 E. Fulton St., Suite 211, Grand Rapids
  • Phone: 616-426-9227
  • Hours: 6-8 p.m. Monday, 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, noon-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: $23/person Monday-Thursday, $28/person Friday-Sunday

Royal Oak

  • Address: 301 W. Fourth St., Suite LL110, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-291-7599
  • Hours: 6-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: $23/person Monday-Thursday, $28/person Friday-Sunday

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.

Think It Out Escape Rooms

  • Address: 16658 15 Mile Road, Kingston Office Center, Fraser
  • Phone: 586-359-2401
  • Hours: noon-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, noon-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-7:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Costs: $25/player

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.

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

FEATURED BUSINESSES

COMMENTS