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

Gift Idea: A Scavenger Hunt Gift Certificate, Wrapped in These 10 Holiday Jokes

Watson Adventures Holiday Jokes’Tis the season to be jolly, and merry, and all that other cheerful stuff. Sure, 2016 may have been more bah humbug than hallelujah, but that’s no reason not to embrace the most wonderful time of the year. Give the gift of adventure with a Watson Adventures gift certificate, or if you’re in New York, join a whole week of scavenger hunts between Christmas and New Year’s. 

In the meantime, everyone can enjoy this list of some of our favorite holiday jokes. Keep quips and one-liners ready to deploy during awkward eggnog conversation or literally any time anyone tries to bring up politics at the dinner table. You’re welcome, and happy holidays!

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Space Rocks & Severed Ears: 6 Great Moments in Gift Giving

Watson Adventures Gift GivingThe holiday season at its best is all about making memories with family and loved ones. You can give the gift of a shared experience by treating someone to a Watson Adventures gift certificate. You can redeem them for our scavenger hunts for the general public in seven cities, or as a private scavenger hunt just about anywhere.  Click here for details.

Or you could take a very different route to a memorable gift. Try giving one of the presents provided by the following famous people. Just remember, “memorable” isn’t always such a good thing. Read More

The Big Bang Theory of Scavenger Hunts: Team Building Tips from TV

Watson Adventures Big Bang Theory Scavenger Hunt“Come on, numbnuts!” Bernadette barks at her teammate Leonard. Not exactly the best way to start a scavenger hunt, as becomes apparent in the episode of The Big Bang Theory titled “The Scavenger Hunt Vortex.” The band of friends and colleagues demonstrates many of the ways not to enjoy the benefits of a team building game.

Since 1999, we’ve staged team building scavenger hunts for corporate groups, families, friends, school field trips, and all other kinds of groups, so we recognized all the ways that the nerds succeed and fail at the game. Here are some team building tips we’ve gleaned from the episode of the hit CBS sitcom.

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9 More Mostly Awesome, Sometimes Terrible Gift Ideas from Museums

Watson Adventures 2016 Museum Gift IdeasStress less, smile more. It just so happens we’ve got the gift you’re looking for. Whether it’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Last-Minute Gift-Giving Panic Time, Watson Adventures scavenger hunt gift certificates are the perfect, memory-making gift for Grandpa Joe, Niece Susie, and everyone in between.

In the meantime, we spend so much time in museums—and museum gift shops—we can’t help but notice their bizarre, amazing, sometimes even useful gifts. Check out nine of our favorite (or least favorite) gift0shop gifts of 2016. Read More

9 Fantastic Beasts and Where They Came From

Watson Adventures Fantastic Beasts Bakhtak

Harry Potter is back! Well, the Harry Potter universe is back, with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie based on a textbook from Hogwarts follows the misadventures of Newt Scamander, the wizard who will one day write that textbook, as he chases a bunch of magical creatures around 1920s New York City.

Excited fans have already had a blast on the new Magical Creatures Scavenger Hunt, a spellbinding game at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, inspired by the new movie. As fantastic as the beasts on that hunt and in the movie are, mythologies around the world are rife with magical creatures of their own. Here are nine of the weirdest, most obscure, and occasionally freakiest beasts we could find. Read More

Your Favorite Scavenger Hunt Hosts: Correy West

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt Host Correy West

Great people make great experiences. That’s true in any area, but especially so when you’re playing—or organizing—a fun, funny scavenger hunt. Lively, engaged hunters make the competition more exciting, and stellar hunt hosts elevate the experience for everyone.

Correy West is just such a scavenger hunt host. Based in New York City, Correy has run countless hunts with us since 2012. Hunters rave about his boundless energy and ready smile—both of which have served this Arkansas native and Texas transplant well in his other life as an actor! From the Tony-winning Broadway revival of South Pacific, to national tours for 42nd Street and Copacabana, to dramatic re-enactments on Maury Povich (yes, really), Correy never fails to entertain and delight. Read for insight into one of your favorite scavenger hunt leaders.

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