hrScene is on a quest to find the best date in Hampton Roads! In this ongoing blog series, we’re asking local couples to go out and test-drive some of the coolest dates that we have in our seven cities.
Nomination for Best Date in Hampton Roads: The Escape Room Virginia Beach
Local Couple Checking it out: Andrew and Tianna Yentzer (and friends!)
I love the ease of the Escape Room Virginia Beach. You simply walk in, sign a little waiver,
pay, and as soon as the room of your choosing is open you go on in! The two waiting rooms add to the hype. You are able to hear the excitement of the people inside some of the closer rooms. Our Virginia Beach location is unlike some of the others around the country; they made up all their scenarios and designed their rooms all on their own! I think this made the game even more authentic and challenging. We had one person in our group who attended an Escape Room in Pennsylvania, and we were worried we would get in an identical scenario, but because this was an authentic, original room we didn’t run into that problem.
Currently there are 3 rooms available to choose from: “The Inheritance,” “Traveling Crook,” & “Con Artist” and a fourth they are working on. Each room has a different scenario: One you actually have to escape from, and the other two you have to find something in particular inside the room. It sounds WAY more simple than it actually is. We probably had to
find and solve 20 different little riddles and combinations before we found the safe that ALSO had a weird combination to find our prize. We got “The Inheritance,” and the owner said it is definitely one of the more difficult rooms. Only about 30% of the participants actually solve it. Naturally, her saying that egged us on even more! Suffice to say we solved it with literally 4 minutes left on the clock. We were all so excited and stressed out (in a good way.) When we were done, we wanted to go back in and try out a different room immediately! We all left with super high adrenaline and very excited. Our group was definitely a competitive bunch, so thinking we may not be able to complete it was not an option. We definitely had a blast!
How did it go?
The only hiccup in our date was scheduling. The Escape Room normally opens at noon on
weekdays but since we were a private party, we were scheduled for 11am. Somehow we didn’t quite get on their list so they forgot about us. Whoops! To be honest we were a little frustrated and waited around for a bit until we decided to head to lunch instead. We did keep calling and around 11:45 we got an answer. The proprietor was super apologetic and sweet and made sure to make room for us as soon as we were done with lunch to get into our escape room experience. They even gave us all vouchers for a free visit another time! The Escape Room assured us over and over that this is definitely not the norm, and are clearly dedicated to providing a fun experience.
What else did your date entail?
We went to lunch first at Fire Ninja in Town Center and then headed over to the Escape Room. I really love that about the location being so close to Virginia Beach Town Center because there are a lot of cuisine options within just a quick little drive. The lunch didn’t affect our Escape Room skills, and the excitement and intensity of the the room outweighed any full bellies!
My husband Andrew & I are both full time wedding photographers so we tend to have our date nights in the middle of the week because most weekends we are usually working. This also helps us avoid crowds! I definitely noticed that once we were leaving the Escape Room it was PACKED with groups arriving to do their escape (and this was around 1pm on a Friday) so I cant imagine this place on the weekend!
If you have a party of 8 than you can book an entire room and the price is just $20 per person. If you have a party less than 8 you have the chance of getting combined with another group and the cost is $25 per person. Going in I admit we all felt like $25 per person was a little hefty considering we would only have an hour of fun inside the escape room. Looking back on it now we DEFINITELY had a BLAST but I dont know that my husband and I would normally drop $50 on a date night activity that only lasts an hour.
We found the location fairly easily using our GPS but we admit its a little tricky to find the actual storefront. They do have a nice little sign out front but because its in a business park type area, you definitely have to hunt a bit to find it from the location where the GPS kind of “drops” you off. Our friends that met us got there a bit before us and they mentioned that they parked far away and walked around until the found the exact location, so when we arrived they helped us find it super easy. Also because its a business park, parking is a little more limited. When we were leaving after our 1 o’clock escape all the spaces around the location were full.
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