Finding Frederick Douglass: 7 Black History Month Stops on Scavenger Hunts

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts Black History MonthDid you know Frederick Douglass is getting recognized more and more lately?  Can’t blame the guy, he’s done an amazing job. Tremendous.

Black History Month is about celebrating the, ahem, amazing jobs of countless people, from famous statesmen to unknown artists, as well as remembering their struggles. Our scavenger hunts, both for the public and for corporate team building, touch on many such notable figures—including Mr. Douglass himself, who makes an appearance on our Secrets of Fell’s Point Scavenger Hunt in Baltimore. Here are a few more of our favorites.

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Who the Heck Is This? 7 Burning Questions About Who’s on Your Money

Watson Adventures Burning Questions About MoneyYou see their faces all the time. You manhandle them, you treat them like property, you shove them in your pants, and you only think about them when you want something.

In honor of Presidents’ Day, think about those men (yep, still almost entirely men) who live in your wallet and make the world go ’round. Who are these clowns, and what are they doing on your money? Here are the answers to seven brain-tickling questions about the faces gracing American money. 

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Your V-Day Guide to the Met: 7 Must-See Nude Artworks

Watson Adventures Met Museum NudesObviously your best possible New York Valentine’s plan would include a Naked at the Met Scavenger Hunt. It’s a fun, flirty tour of sultry sirens, a literally bronzed Adonis, a medieval codpiece, an incontinent Cupid, and more of the Met’s vast collection of clothing-challenged art.

Even if you don’t join a hunt, exploring the Met with someone special is a great way to spend the most romantic day of the year (as certified by greeting-card companies and chocolate makers). If you go, be sure to scope out these seven pieces of nude art: Whether beautiful or weird, they’re some of our favorite pieces in the Met.

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Sex Dwarves & Sea Monsters: 8 of the Most Bizarre Nude Artworks in History

Watson Adventures Bizarre Nude ArtFebruary is here, and with it the sweet song of true love and chocolate-flavored happiness that is Valentine’s Day. Shyeah, right. 

Kick Cupid to the curb and take your friends, or that special someone, for an actual good time on one of our Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunts. They take you on fun, maybe a tiny bit dirty tours of classic and sometimes funny nude artwork. 

To get in the mood, check out this round-up of…frankly weird, freaky, and bizarre nude art. You won’t always know what’s going on, but you definitely can’t unsee this stuff.

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“Steve Jobs” Was Wrong: The Genius of Listening to Customers

Watson Adventures Team Building Scavenger HuntsWith all due respect, Steve Jobs was wrong. Well, not the real Steve Jobs, but the mythical Steve Jobs. He’s the one who supposedly said, “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” What he actually said was, “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

We find the inverse to be true: A lot of times your customers know exactly what they want. And sometimes your customers know your business better than you do.
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MoPOP, SAM & Pike Place: 3 Amazing Scavenger Hunts in Seattle

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts SeattleAh, Seattle. Home of Starbucks, grunge, and an overwhelming dedication to the number 12. More importantly for fun scavenger hunts and team building events, the Emerald City boasts a rich vein of cultural and culinary gems.

You can now join a totally new scavenger hunt at MoPOP, Seattle’s newest museum; enjoy an exciting update to our Seattle Art Museum hunt, available for the first time in years; and savor a refreshed romp through the restaurants and shops of the famed Pike Place Market. Read on for highlights from each of our favorite spots! Read More

The Best TV Show About Treasure Hunts You’re Not Watching

…And the Problem with Winning

Two men amble about in fit-for-a-poet British countryside, birds chirping and cawing, sun shining. The duo have their ears cupped in large headphones and their eyes sweep the ground, following the arc of their metal detectors. “Anything?” asks one. The other replies, “F— all.” A British Thoreau would practically scream, “Look all around you, mate!”

Don’t call those two men “metal detectors”—they are detectorists. The word also provides the title for Detectorists, a funny, charming BBC series now on Netflix. At the very least, it’s the funniest show on TV about treasure hunts—and how we’re always missing the treasure under our nose while in pursuit of something else. Read More

The Art of What Not to Do: 11 New Year’s Resolutions Gone Wrong

Watson Adventures New Year 2017The longest year in history is finally over, and now it’s time for a fresh start. And that means New Year’s resolutions: We all make them, and we usually break them. Hey, we didn’t really mean we’d learn a new language or go skydiving—that was the champagne talking.

But the men and women in the following works of art (many of whom you’ll see on our fun scavenger hunts)? They stuck to their resolutions…even when they shouldn’t have. Some made it weird, and some are just off. Sorry, guys, but you’re doing it wrong!

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A Year in Scavenger Hunts: 10 Best Team Photos of 2016

Watson Adventures Best Photos of 2016Looking for something to celebrate before 2016 finally leaves us forever? Need something from this year to look back on fondly? Here’s just the thing: an album of photos from you, the clever, hilarious hunters who made this the biggest year ever for scavenger hunts!

Whether on corporate team building scavenger hunts or public scavenger hunts at the museum or in your favorite neighborhood, you’re often tasked with completing photo challenges. You might have to take a team photo with just your heads showing, or acting scared of a live animal. They’re a lot of fun, and some teams truly get creative with them. Here are 10 of our favorite scavenger hunt photo challenges from 2016, from nine states across the U.S.

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A Year in Adventures: 2016’s Best Moments from Team Building Scavenger Hunts

Watson Adventures 2016 Corporate Scavenger HuntsAs a true rollercoaster of a year races back into the station, one can’t help thinking back to the highs and lows of 2016. But here at Watson Adventures, we’re overjoyed about another amazing year of putting on exciting team building scavenger hunts—thanks to you, our dedicated hunters.

 In the past 12 months, we’ve written new hunts, explored new hunt locations, partnered with some great institutions, and had a blast meeting our corporate and private clients’ requests, from custom questions to surprise wedding-proposal shenanigans. Here are just a few highlights from 2016. (And—spoiler alert! hackneyed phrase alert!—come back next week for the best team photos of 2016.) Read More