In just five short years, the U.S. welcomed over 2,300 new escape rooms. In 2014, only 24 escape rooms existed, none of which resided in the Twin Cities. Today, thousands of locals and travelers alike are Googling “puzzle rooms near me” or “cheap escape rooms near me” in search of an exciting team-building or group-friendly activity. Thankfully, the options in Minneapolis and St. Paul are not only abundant, but they’re earning five-star reviews across the board. Without visiting each site at least once, it’s nearly impossible to select the best escape room in Minneapolis. That being said, enough members of our staff have experienced the cream of the crop, most of which are just a short drive, Lime ride, or walk from Minnestay’s luxuriant North Loop lofts.

Finding the Best Escape Room in Minneapolis

It’s safe to say that the best escape room in Minnesota operates somewhere in the Twin Cities. But which one deserves the title of “best escape room?” We think that the answer lies in Minneapolis, the largest city in the state. While it’s not exactly a three-way tie for first, we believe that the three companies found below have separated themselves from the rest of the pack.

Trapped Puzzle Rooms

So, without further ado, the best escape room in Minneapolis is…Trapped Puzzle Rooms. It’s nearly impossible to find an escape room that’s within walking distance of fine dining, lively night clubs, and top-rated vacation rentals—that’s what makes this puzzle room stand out among the competition. “Trapped” is also the only company in the Twin Cities that boasts a perfect five-star rating on Google and TripAdvisor. That in itself is impressive, but they have so much more going for them! Their idyllic North Loop location (they also set up shop in a quiet St. Paul neighborhood) has four distinct rooms, including everyone’s favorite, Diagonal Alley, a play on Harry Potter.

Escape MSP

Escape MSP is mainly utilized for corporate team-building. It’s located on the west edge of Golden Valley, a notably upscale Minneapolis suburb. Despite its suburban locale, Escape MSP is only a few minutes from Utepils Brewing, Theodore Wirth Regional Park, and even the Walker Art Center. Most puzzles take approximately 60 minutes (unless you solve it sooner) and host anywhere from two to 10 people. Most groups choose the James Bond 007 and MacGyver-esque thriller, “James Bomb.”

Mission Manor

Mission Manor immediately earns an extra star because of its location inside the old Miller Textile building on Hennepin Avenue, which houses HeadFlyer Brewing, Five Watt Coffee, and Northland Visions. They’re certainly in the conversation for the best escape room in Minneapolis, primarily because of their Waverly Hills-inspired sanatorium and all-too-familiar nuclear arms war challenge. Interestingly enough, the luxuriant, dimly-lit waiting area is just as enticing as the set pieces.

Classic, High-end Minnesota Vacation Rentals

After successfully conquering the most challenging escape room in Minneapolis, return to your North Loop loft, Lake Minnetonka home, or elegant mansion for a home-cooked meal, cocktails, and a night on the town. Minnestay is proud to present one of the most extensive collections of vacation rentals, lake homes, and city lofts in the state. To get matched up with a property, either give us a call today at 612-216-5511 or check availability online. Book our waterfront rentals in Minneapolis here!