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Escape on Purpose


7072 NC-751
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 244-4887
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Photo of Krissy Snyder Krissy Snyder
Mar 27, 2022 5

We couldn't have been happier with our team-building experience in The (Un)Common Room and (T)Error in the Sky. Our tour guide was friendly, informative, and answered with individualized clues when we requested help. The rooms were nicer than we had experienced in other Escape Rooms. There were secret passageways and the puzzles had a bit of "magic." We enjoyed the much-needed laughter together!

Photo of Lei Luo Lei Luo
Mar 30, 2022 5

We had a lot of fun, excitement and surprising at the end! With hints, we were able to escape in the last 50sec. The airplane escape room is very well designed. Owner is a retired software engineer -- very nice genleman. We will definitely visit again and try other rooms! Fun time for family and friends.

Photo of Tina Rowan Tina Rowan
Mar 5, 2022 5

We had a fantastic experience with our 10 ,9, and 4 yr old here! It was much more involved than we anticipated. We all had a great time and will be back!

Photo of Michael Thibodeaux Michael Thibodeaux
Feb 14, 2022 5

Surprised how great of an experience this was. The room design was rather simple but nicely done. You have to pay attention to find clues. I love how it has people come together to figure out solutions.

Photo of Maria Moore Maria Moore
Dec 9, 2021 5

I would definitely recommend Escape for Purpose! We conducted a team building event with 7 people and it was a great experience, far better than other escape rooms I have participated in. 5 Stars

Photo of Brett Davenport Brett Davenport
Nov 27, 2021 5

First of all- I hardly ever feel the need to leave a review. This experience was one of the best hours of my life. We had a 6 person group (including a 7 year old and 12 year old) and had an absolute blast in the uncommon room. There were fun surprises at every turn (and in every nook and cranny). With the help of the host (more on him in a moment) we were able to solve the room with a whopping 5 minutes to spare. There was more than enough to do at one time to occupy a group, and the challenges ranged from intermediate/difficult to common sense. We all were able to spend time interacting with parts of the room and engaging with fun mechanisms and often hilarious (the slippers) red herrings. Of all of the wonderful parts of our time here, the one thing that stood out the most was the host. From the moment we walked into the building he made us feel so comfortable and truly welcomed. He spent the time to thoroughly explain the room and various mechanisms to us, and watched us dutifully and even gave us gentle (non spoiler) nudges when needed! After we completed the room- he spent the time to explain the story to us ( which I love!!! And didn’t want to waste his time asking about) and allowing us to discuss parts of the room we enjoyed most. I really felt the love and pride he put into his space. This was my first experience with an escape room, and I am so glad we did it here. While standing in the parking lot out group we’re arranging plans to come back and try other rooms at this location. I cannot stress enough how WONDERFUL our experience was, and I cannot WAIT to come back!! If you’re on the fence about visiting, don’t think twice, this is worth every penny and more!!!

Photo of Amber Davenport Amber Davenport
Nov 21, 2021 5

Such a good time! We did the uncommon room and had so much fun. The owner was super nice and explained everything great, he was also helpful with hints throughout the time. Overall great experience and will definitely go back!

Photo of Devon Braswell Devon Braswell
Nov 13, 2021 5

This place was amazing! My husband and I wanted to try something we’ve never tried before for date night. We had an absolute blast! The room we did was incredible and extremely well thought out! The passion the owner has for his craft is evident in every part of his business! We will most definitely be making this a date night regular from now on!

Photo of Anthony Mallozzi Anthony Mallozzi
Nov 10, 2021 5

I've been here twice. The owner is totally cool, you can see his passion for what he's doing when he talks to you about the rooms. I've done the submarine and the uncommon room. Both were challenging and very well thought out. Walked out both times with a smile on my face feeling satisfied. The whole group loved it. Definitely recommend.

Photo of Lily Schwartz Lily Schwartz
Oct 29, 2021 5

Escape on Purpose was SO much fun!!! The rooms are awesomely intricate (there's much more than meets the eye). I've been to a lot of escape rooms in a lot of different cities and this was my favorite!

Photo of Brandon White Brandon White
Oct 9, 2021 5

Amazing experience for an adult birthday party! You can tell they put a lot of effort into their rooms with cool, unique items used to help you escape and the staff was super friendly. The (Un)Common room was really fun and would be great for those who love magic and mystery. My friends and I are already wanting to go again to try a different room!

Photo of Yusif Al-yemeni Yusif Al-yemeni
Jul 11, 2021 5

Amazing. We did the submarine room. It had some of the best decor that fit the theme. The room told a story that made sense. It also did something profound, it had the least amount of locks of any room I've been to. I'll not say how many though. Puzzles were fair. Items were very well hidden. Proprietor was beyond friendly. Go! You'll have fun. Update- the plane room was amazing. You feel like you are actually on a plane. The decor and props are genuine retired airplane parts. Hope on the next DC airlines.

Photo of Ginger Gorrell Ginger Gorrell
Jun 18, 2021 5

My partner and I came tonight and did the uncommon room. We didn't escape, but that's ok. I've been to escape rooms all over the country, and this was one of the best rooms I've seen! The puzzles were unique and there was something for everyone. I enjoyed the story. I can't wait to come back.

Photo of Yusif Al-yemeni Yusif Al-yemeni
Jun 11, 2021 5

Amazing. We did the submarine room. It had some of the best decor that fit the theme. The room told a story that made sense. It also did something profound, it had the least amount of locks of any room I've been to. I'll not say how many though. Puzzles were fair. Items were very well hidden. Proprietor was beyond friendly. Go! You'll have fun.

Photo of Tatiana Henry Tatiana Henry
May 30, 2021 5

“Uncommon room”was very interesting, though a bit challenging for us. We were on the last leg when the clock stopped. Oh well... we will try a different room. The hostess was very friendly and helpful. The dog Reagan was the cutest ever ! We will definitely return! Thank you.

Photo of Hannah Godat Hannah Godat
May 21, 2021 5

Howard, who owns the business with his wife, is one of the nicest humans I’ve met. He was so friendly and he creates the rooms himself. The room we did was one of the most challenging and most fun rooms I’ve done - and I’ve done a lot of escape rooms. It was creative and engaging and involved many different types of puzzles. Also he donates some of the proceeds to local/national charities. 10/10 would recommend!

Photo of Scott Behm Scott Behm
Apr 21, 2021 5

A friend and I visited today, 4/21/21, and we had a wonderful time! I've been to three different escape rooms in the triangle, and this was one of the better ones. The room was well-designed, with real furnishings and some fun surprises. The owner was very welcoming and got us off to a great start. The clue system was easy to use and helped us when we got stuck. Overall it was a great experience. My only suggestion would be to emphasize the theming a bit more in the opening, because as we got into the puzzle solving, the "theme" didn't matter as much as in other rooms I've done that had a more clear objective. That didn't detract from the experience heavily, though. We will definitely be back to check out the other rooms, and would recommend to anyone in the area check this location out!

Photo of Chelsea Taylor Chelsea Taylor
Apr 22, 2021 5

Very friendly staff with clean facilities! The submarine escape was amazing! Very fun and the decor was phenomenal. We had a great time and really enjoyed the puzzles. Definitely recommend it, one of the top 3 escape rooms we’ve been to!

Photo of Mary Kate Mary Kate
Mar 31, 2021 5

My husband and I have done 30+ rooms. We did the Submarine and Uncommon rooms at this location. In the RDU area, the Submarine room was the best decorated and most immersive room we've experienced. This location has some great puzzles that provide a delightful challenge. I also love that part of our ticket price goes to a local charity in the area. Local businesses supporting the area 😍 Strongly recommend visiting this location!

Photo of Elizabeth Moses Elizabeth Moses
Mar 20, 2021 5

We thoroughly enjoyed Terror in the Sky today. I brought my 14 year old niece and her friend. We were greeted by the sweetest dog when we arrived.. We we're provided with some clues and we were able to escape with 2 minutes to spare. We really enjoyed it and will definitely be back!

Photo of Julianna Winfree Julianna Winfree
Mar 6, 2021 5

We did the Uncommon room and had a great experience! Loved being greeted by pups when we arrived. The room was well put together and the clues were just the right amount of challenging. We were able to escape with just a couple minutes to spare. The owner was super nice and helped make our first escape room experience even better! Overall a great place and will definitely be coming back.

Photo of Everett Stevenson Everett Stevenson
Feb 12, 2021 5

Awesome puzzles, friendly staff! Great team building fun. Highly recommend.

Photo of Rachel Moss Rachel Moss
Jan 8, 2021 5

We had an amazing time here. The owners are fantastic people and very involved in their business. We escaped with just over a minute left, and it was a thrill every second. And their employees of the month is the sweetest! She greeted us right when we came in and let us play a little fetch after we escaped. (She is a dog of course!)

Photo of Priya Vontikommu Priya Vontikommu
Dec 29, 2020 5

This was such a great escape room experience! The game masters were really nice and patient with us even when we were stuck on certain puzzles. The mechanics and electronics were also very well put together. Definitely recommend coming here regardless of your skill! Thank you for your patience and the contributions to charity. 🤗

Photo of Demetrios Pantages Demetrios Pantages
Nov 21, 2020 5

Excellent Escape Room! The owner was extremely polite and friendly. This was our first time and made the experience awesome! Thank you so much.

Photo of Shelby Barton Shelby Barton
Nov 7, 2020 5

Love this place and the couple that run it. Rooms are well thought out and elaborate. The owners are super friendly and attentive throughout the time that y’all are in the room. We’ve been to others but this one is by far the best. Plus they’re dog people!

Photo of Andrew Pierson Andrew Pierson
Mar 1, 2020 5

Amazing place! Hosts are extremely nice and they have 2 adorable dogs! Please go and support as they give back to the community. Can't wait until they open the Star Trek themed room.

Photo of Molly Lioness Molly Lioness
Feb 22, 2020 5

My friends and I did the Uncommon Room escape last night and we had an absolute blast! The owners were super friendly and their pups were just precious! It was our first escape room and it was challenging but very rewarding; we couldn’t stop talking about it all night. Lots of great puzzles, fully immersive and surprising room and LOTS of laughs with friends. We can’t wait to try another room!

Photo of Kelly Edwards Kelly Edwards
Sep 29, 2020 5

We had a great time here! My husband and I did the Uncommon Room and were able to make it out. Lots of neat use of electronics. The owners were very helpful and super friendly! Very clean and well put together facility.

Photo of Shelby Donaldson Shelby Donaldson
Feb 2, 2018 5

This place went above and beyond expectations! The owners, Nancy and Howard, were so excited to help my boyfriend and I out with our first escape room experience. We did the Error in the Sky and finished with 10 seconds to spare! The set up was nicely done and we felt it was clear and concise on what we needed to do. We look forward to coming back for more!

Photo of Elizabeth Lattanzio Elizabeth Lattanzio
Jul 4, 2020 5

My husband and I did one of their escape room with two other couples. We all loved it! We then booked an escape room for my daughter’s birthday. Her and her friends loved it! The owners are incredibly nice, fun and organized! I would absolutely recommend them!

Photo of Christy Beam Christy Beam
Oct 7, 2018 5

Husband & I had a blast doing the airplane room. The owners are super nice and friendly and their doggy assistants are adorable!

Photo of Sarah Durden Sarah Durden
Apr 13, 2019 5

I never review anything but this place deserves it. The owners are so Sweet! They crafted the rooms themselves and I can't explain how well made they were. Some of our puzzles were even custom made for us. 10/10. My favorite rooms I've ever been to.

Photo of Molly Lioness Molly Lioness
Feb 22, 2020 5

My friends and I did the Uncommon Room escape last night and we had an absolute blast! The owners were super friendly and their pups were just precious! It was our first escape room and it was challenging but very rewarding; we couldn’t stop talking about it all night. Lots of great puzzles, fully immersive and surprising room and LOTS of laughs with friends. We can’t wait to try another room!

Photo of Maggeleh H Maggeleh H
Feb 21, 2020 5

Really excellent escape room, with clever clues and interesting electronic gadgetry. The owner was very nice and talked with us about it for some time after, as we are somewhat geeky and had a bunch of questions about the technical wizardry. He mentioned a spaceship room coming in April that we'll definitely check out!

Photo of Grace Ring Grace Ring
Feb 16, 2020 5

We had an absolutely amazing experience here! Not only we were greeted by friendly dogs but the staff was amazing and super helpful! I love the fact that they give back to charity as well. We will definitely be going back to try the other rooms 😊

Photo of Cherise McManus Cherise McManus
Jan 25, 2020 5

Great place! My group and I did the airplane escape. The staff was nice and the steps to escaping was thought provoking. Will definitely go back.

Photo of jackie henney jackie henney
Jan 25, 2020 5

We have done many escape rooms but this was our first time at this location and we were so pleased. As soon as we walked in we were greeted by the sweetest pup and the nicest staff. We didn’t have a wait, but if you did there is plenty to do to keep you entertained. We did the airplane room and the set up was absolutely amazing. Unlike other escape rooms that we’ve been to, there were so many clues and puzzles that kept us both very busy. No waiting for one person to solve a single clue before you could move on. There were only two of us, but it would definitely be fun as a group. We can’t wait to go back and try the other rooms!!!

Photo of Stacy Kozlowski Stacy Kozlowski
Jan 3, 2020 5

We went with some friends and absolutely loved it! I LOVE dogs, so for escape on purpose to have two lobby dogs, I was very happy! The escape room was fun and challenging and overall the experience was amazing! I’ve done a couple escape rooms before, but this was my hands down favorite!

Photo of Ken Amelio Ken Amelio
Oct 28, 2019 5

Airplane room was a great challenge level with fair challenges that works well with a larger group. We solved with three hints, but all hints were for fair challenges we had overlooked due to our own fault. Fun experience for our group of 10.

Photo of Nicholas Naimo Nicholas Naimo
Sep 7, 2019 5

From the very beginning the Nancy and Howard are very welcoming and friendly. They want you to have a great and fun experience and really made it happen for us. We did the airplane. The room had many locks and problem solving (both really fun and simply to some which required a little wit, time and patience to solve) which made it great for different personalities to tackle each. The room was well planned where it all flowed instead of feeling scattered without reason. There were 4 of us and we got out with 54 seconds left. Their two dogs were there top greet us when we opened thre door (love them). We will 100% come back for the other rooms.

Photo of Ernesto Corral Ernesto Corral
Nov 11, 2019 5

Fantastic experience! Great staff, great doggie and unique. Did the uncommon room which was "magical" and his difficult enough for a first timer. Thoroughly enjoyed!

Photo of CF Myers CF Myers
Sep 20, 2019 5

Escape on Purpose was the first escape room I participated in. There were multiple rooms/plots to choose from. All rooms were well laid out and the scenarios were interesting/engaging and challenging. The place was clean and the staff was nice. Based on the positive experience I had, I have taken co-workers to Escape on Purpose as a team building exercise. I highly recommend Escape on Purpose!

Photo of Megan Raley Megan Raley
Nov 9, 2019 5

Had a great time, and in particular enjoyed the themes! Family-friendly/no "scary" scenarios. We're experienced escapers and had a fun time in the mascot room with just the 2 of us. Very charming owners, with a fuzzy friend in the lobby to greet us :) We'll definitely return!

Photo of Rachel Nisbet Rachel Nisbet
Sep 20, 2019 5

The owners were incredibly kind! The rooms were all very unique and engaging. I was nervous at first, but it ended up being so much fun!

Photo of Ashley McClain-Oliver Ashley McClain-Oliver
Aug 5, 2019 5

They put so much thought into their rooms and they are the friendliest couple! I’ve been too many escape rooms and this one definitely changes how I will look for clues. Highly recommend!

Photo of Kristopher Lukas Kristopher Lukas
Aug 4, 2019 5

I had an amazing experience here! The staff is super friendly, the rooms were rewarding with their challenges, and there are two dogs!!! And just when you thought this place had it all, they also donate a portion of your fee to the charity of your choice, allowing you to have fun and give back to your community at the same time. I highly recommend this place for anyone who wants to have fun and make some great memories.

Photo of Carlos Vargas Carlos Vargas
Mar 23, 2019 5

I am so glad I had to opportunity to do two different rooms here at escape on purpose. The owner Howard was out game master and was super nice. As someone who does a lot of different rooms these are probably some of the best rooms! Would definitely come back. Plus the fact that some of the profits go to charity is a huge positive in my book!

Photo of Peter Clark Peter Clark
Jun 9, 2019 5

OMG! This place is wonderful from start to finish! The folks who run Escape on Purpose are not only purposeful with donating a portion of your ticket to the charity of your choice (from their list) but also in that they want you to have a good time while you're there. I cannot recommend Escape on Purpose more strongly! We will go back and try the other two rooms soon!

Photo of Tom Grennell Tom Grennell
Apr 8, 2019 5

The most incredible escape room I've ever seen! My girlfriend took me here for our anniversary and we played the Uncommon Room and couldn't have had a better time! The room was well-themed, a ton of fun, a perfect difficulty level, and endlessly fascinating! And the owner is fantastic too! We can't wait to come again!

Photo of Richard Mihans Richard Mihans
Jun 8, 2019 5

We had a wonderful time and solved the final mystery with seconds remaining! The staff was courteous, knowledgeable, and friendly! And they have a house dog who is precious! Will come back.

Photo of Zims Brew Zims Brew
Mar 18, 2019 5

Fun and engaging. Their rooms are well thought out and well maintained. The staff is friendly and helpful. One of the best escape room providers in the area. As you arrive you will get registered in their lobby. We loved the fact that they have a very friendly lobby dog their to great you. Once registered, your host will take you to your room and provide you with the details needed to start your hour long journey. The rooms are well maintained and I have yet to find a mechanism that isn't in proper working order. If you need help along the way, simply wave at one of the cameras and your host will flash a clue on the TV screen to get your team back on course. You have a total of 1 hour to get out of the room, but you can also try for a faster time to set a record for that escape room. Once you're done, you come out and discuss your experience with the host and take team pictures. They have 3 rooms to choose from, we have so far done 2 of the 3. I highly recommend reaching out and booking a time.

Photo of Sandy Fitzgerald Sandy Fitzgerald
May 30, 2022 5

Fun experience with a group of friends. Mostly first timers. We really appreciated unlimited hints! Loved their lobby dog and the donation to charity! This will be my #1 go to Escape Room in the Triangle! Thanks for a super birthday experience!

Photo of Meaghan Mahoney Meaghan Mahoney
May 16, 2022 5

Easily the best looking Escape Room we've ever been to! The commitment to setting the theme was impeccable. We did the submarine mission and were surprised at how real the rooms felt, down to the "rust" on the walls and doors.

Photo of Dmitri Medvedev Dmitri Medvedev
May 14, 2022 5

Wonderful time! The couple that owns the business builds these escape rooms in a thoughtful and playful way. Plus, your money goes towards a good cause. Win win.

Photo of megan l megan l
Apr 18, 2022 5

This was our second room here and it was even better than the first! Highly recommend! The owners, husband and wife, are so nice and make you feel very welcome and comfortable. I just wish there were more rooms to do here!

Photo of Andrea Seger Andrea Seger
May 31, 2022 5

Owner is very nice and accommodating. Our group of 5 had a great time. It is a fun activity’

Photo of April Villegas April Villegas
Jun 11, 2022 5

We celebrated our daughters 18th Birthday here. We had such a good time. Our room was challenging and fun. I’d recommend. The owners are very kind and you can tell they take pride in their business. The price is affordable.

Photo of Kendall Holbrooks Kendall Holbrooks
Jun 26, 2022 5

This was a great escape room experience! I went with my mom, sister, and 9 year old nephew, and we all had a lot of fun. There were lots of challenging and interesting puzzles to solve, and there was even an unexpected aspect of the room. The person who brought us to the room and gave us clues was so patient and helpful, and he even gave us a little extra time to escape. :) We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would love to go back to try another room!

Photo of Gary Williams Gary Williams
Jun 26, 2022 5

We did the submarine escape. We succeeded, but made some real rookie mistakes. The puzzles are well thought-out, and make sense. The room isn't just a lot of locks, which is nice. The owner was very nice and provided help when needed. We'll be going back to do the uncommon room in the near future.

Photo of Garrett Bird Garrett Bird
Jul 15, 2022 5

What a creative set-up the owners have built here. You can tell the passion they have for their job. Very impressive craftsmanship and unique designs. We brought a large group of high school engineering-focused students and they were both challenged and thrilled to be there. Highly recommend!

Photo of Dave Exley Dave Exley
Aug 1, 2022 5

Our family really enjoyed our time at Escape on Purpose. Check-in was really efficient and easy. Host got us in our room (Un-Common Room) and on our way. The puzzles were all challenging but not overly so though we did have to ask for a few hints. Room was well designed, clean and prepared. Experience was great end-to-end. There was a minor hitch with one of the props/clues but the owner fixed it quickly. Highly recommended...we will be back!

Photo of James Jefferson James Jefferson
Aug 6, 2022 5

Ton of fun with my staff! The rooms were very challenging, engaging, and very well planned out! The staff is amazing, friendly and very welcoming. The space is clean, organized, and we'll definitely be back to try the other rooms!

Photo of Meegs Meegs
Aug 11, 2022 5

AMAZING team building activity! I arrived to meet my coworkers this morning with much trepidation: Actually joked with my friends and family that I may become claustrophobic, being "locked" (not really) in a room. The puzzles were super challenging; but also totally solvable, in the allotted time. I am looking for opportunities to invite family, friends, & neighbors for this fun, outside the box event!