When going on a date there are a lot of options out there — the usual choices include dinner, a movie, a concert or sporting event. But why go the usual route when an escape room can provide not only an unforgettable experience but a bonding experience for you and your date, whether you’re on a first date or you’ve been a couple for a long time.

Escape rooms are intense, exciting and, above all, fun. And isn’t that what you want out of a date? Sure, a dinner or a movie can be a fun experience, but how many times do they actually stick with you and have you talking about it over and over?

Here are five reasons why you should experience an escape room for your next date:

1. They’re fun and exciting.

No need to rack your brains finding a thing you and your date can do that is first, fun, and second, exciting. In fact, so fun and exciting that chances are very good you’ll be going on a second date, even if it’s not an escape room! What other activity lets you use your creative thinking skills and let your inner child come out and play?

2. No awkward silences or lack of things to talk about.

Escape rooms immerse you immediately into a situation where you have to communicate with each other — no idle small talk or awkward silences! There are only 60 minutes to solve the mystery, so there’s a lot to do and a lot of interaction with you, your date and the rest of your group.

3. It will give you a chance to get to know each other.

Critical thinking, creativity, puzzle-solving, clear communication, ability to work with others, tenacity, coolness under pressure, patience. All these traits and more come out in an escape room. Will your date scream in panic and think it’s silly or go with the flow and get into the experience and have fun? Virtually no other activity will give you a chance to get to know each other in only an hour.

4. It sharpens your communication skills.

If your communication skills are a little lax, escape rooms will get you up to speed in a hurry! You may not be an expert in one hour, but it will show you where you need to improve, how to use your skills effectively, and how to work with a group. And you and your date will find out how you communicate with each other as well. It makes communicating outside the escape room even easier.

5. You’re buying a unique experience, not material things.

It’s not just a saying that we get more happiness from experiences than from material things, it’s been shown in many studies over the years. Sure, buying “stuff” makes us happy, but that doesn’t last long. Experiences make up more of who we are than the things we own. Experiences give us great memories, a chance to bond with those who are experiencing the same thing and gives us a great story to tell. When was the last time that happened with a dinner or a movie?

Monterey has two escape rooms to choose from — Escape Room 831 on Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey and Exodus Escape Room on Cannery Row — founded by entrepreneurs Christina and Barrie Riddoch of Monterey.

We have some awesome escape games at both locations, including Alice’s Dream based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”; Spellbound centered around a cottage and a curse; Sherlock’s Study with a Sherlock Holmes’ mystery; Masquerade – Jewel Heist, featuring a stolen diamond and a masquerade ball; and just opened – RabaBank and Time Machine.

Call 831-241-6616 or go to https://escaperoom831.com. To book a room at Escape Room 831, send a message to sixt@escaperoom831.com.

Exodus Escape Room is at 765 Wave St., Suite A2, and has three rooms. Call 831-324-0513 or go to https://exodusescaperoom.com/monterey.