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Private Group Scavenger Hunts

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Fun Games for All Groups and Occasions

Looking for a new way to bring a group together and share an adventure? Watson Adventures scavenger hunts take you on a whirlwind tour of your favorite locations. You won’t be collecting objects (drop that pigeon!), you’ll be collecting answers to tricky and humorous questions about the amazing places and unusual objects you discover. A hunt is like a walking tour spiked with caffeine! No previous knowledge is required-you just need a sharp mind and comfy shoes.

Who goes on the hunts? Who doesn’t! We’ve staged hunts for people ages 7 to 70, for all sorts of occasions—social group outings, birthday parties, family reunions, bachelorette parties, charity fundraisers, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, summer camp outings, sweet 16 parties, you name it.

Our Scavenger Hunts for Kids get kids and adults working together and having fun in surprising and delightful ways, including on school and youth group field trips and summer camp outings. Teachers and other educators in particular have raved about the benefits of taking students on our School Field Trip Scavenger Hunts.

We provide a staff to run the event, hand out and explain the materials, interact with the hunters during the game, and at the end score and announce the results. For a bit more, we can also bring digital cameras for Team Photo Challenges, and we can also customize the hunt for the occasion.

Don’t see your favorite location on our site? Check out the Grab ‘n’ Go Scavenger Hunt, which can be staged virtually anywhere!

Scavenger Hunt Location:

Boston, Mass.

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Boston Is All a Game on a Scavenger Hunt!

Explore the greater Boston area on private group scavenger hunts that reveal the best of such places as Old Boston along the Freedom Trail, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, Back Bay, Cambridge and Harvard, Salem, Concord, and many more great locations. Plus special theme hunts feature gourmet food, ghost stories and haunted locations, and murder mysteries. It's a great activity for social gatherings, family reunions, birthday parties, charity fund-raisers, school field trips—you name it!

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New! Munch Around The North End Scavenger Hunt

    North End
  • Adults

Are you literally hungry for adventure? Dig into Boston’s oldest, tastiest neighborhood, collecting treats and answers along the way. Starring a smorgasbord of edible and historical delights, including the  […]

The Mad Science Family Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Science
  • Kids
  • Teens

Go on a whirlwind tour to see the best of the Museum of Science. Your team will uncover the secrets of eye-popping interactive exhibits, a life-size T. rex, a sneaky snake, hidden messages, an electrified  […]

The Secrets of Old Boston Scavenger Hunt

    Freedom Trail
  • Adults

Uncover bygone Boston ...on an adventure that takes you along the Freedom Trail. You’ll visit numerous historic locations where America was born—Faneuil Hall, the site of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere’s  […]

The MFA Madness Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Adults

It’s more like the Museum of Fun Arts ...when you go on our eye-popping, jaw-dropping tour across the centuries at the Museum of Fine Arts. You’ll discover startling aspects of objects from ancient Egypt,  […]

The Murder at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Adults

A curator has been murdered! And he left a trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art at the Museum of Fine Arts. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid  […]

The Murder at the Science Museum Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Science
  • Adults

A serial killer? Or the Curse of the Freemasons? Someone—or something—has been bumping off Museum of Science staffers involved in the recent discovery of a long-lost invention by Benjamin Franklin. This  […]

The Grab ’n’ Go Boston Scavenger Hunt

    Anywhere
  • Adults

A classic scavenger hunt with a twist! If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt, we have one—with very unusual challenges for things to collect and team photos to take that will exercise your  […]

The Back Bay Blitz Scavenger Hunt

    Copley Square, Public Garden & Vicinity
  • Adults

You think you know the Back Bay? Prepare to see the Copley Square area in a dramatically different way, as you search for secrets and uncover uncommon sights on a scavenger hunt. Highlights include strange and  […]

The Conquer Cambridge Scavenger Hunt

    Cambridge
  • Adults

Discover the secrets of Cambridge and Harvard ...on an adventure that has you uncovering hidden history and unexpected humor. You’ll discover the secrets of John Harvard himself, the spot where Washington took  […]

The Haunted Salem Scavenger Hunt

    Salem
  • Adults

Is Salem America’s most ghost-ridden town? Brace yourself for a “spirited” search  for the ghosts and historic highlights of this, um, bewitching town. Armed only with a flashlight, you’ll learn the tales of  […]

The Whodunnit Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Adults

A crazed killer is on the loose... At the Museum of Fine Arts, and it’s up to your team to stop him! The murderer created a scavenger hunt that takes you through the museum, and when completed, reveals his  […]

The Conquer Concord Scavenger Hunt

    Concord
  • Adults

Cradle of liberty, literature and fun! American patriots fought the British here, famous writers walked and talked here, and now you can hunt here. The charming, very walkable streets and green spaces of  […]

The Mad Science Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Science
  • Adults

See the surreal side of science ...on a whirlwind tour that reveals the best of eye-popping interactive exhibits, ingenious beasts, delightful dioramas, eccentric inventors and marvelous machines. Highlights  […]

The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Adults

Take an unblushing look at nudity in art ...at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. You’ll scrutinize paintings, sculptures, period rooms, randy Romans, a “stag” party drinking game, Gauguin’s island girls,  […]

The Dancing Nudes Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Adults

Based on a Sherlock Holmes story... An eminent cryptographer has been found shot dead in her office, alongside the body of an unidentified foreigner. The scholar's husband was also critically wounded. The  […]

The Munch Around Cambridge Scavenger Hunt

    Cambridge
  • Adults

Are you literally hungry for adventure? Then this is the hunt for you! See the best of Cambridge and the Harvard campus while getting tasty snacks along the way. You can literally taste victory! You’ll uncover  […]

The Shanghaied in Salem Scavenger Hunt

    Salem: Peabody Essex Museum
  • Adults

Discover a treasure chest from voyages around the globe... For a salty taste of the 19th-century sailor’s life on the high seas, and the kind of booty brought back from distant lands, you’ll want to get  […]

The Trivia Slam Game

    Anywhere
  • Adults

It’s an amazing race while remaining in place! The Trivia Slam is a rousing contest that can be played almost anywhere. Better than a conventional pub quiz, this battle of wits and nerve brings forth the  […]

The Bonkers in Boston Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Freedom Trail
  • Kids
  • Teens

Step into the time machine ...and set the dial for 1776 as you take the Freedom Trail in search of a Strong man in Faneuil Hall, enormous fruit in Quincy Hall, a giant’s teakettle, Mother Goose’s flock in a  […]

The Grab ’n’ Go Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Anywhere
  • Kids
  • Teens

A classic scavenger hunt with a twist! If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt, we have one—with very unusual challenges for things to collect and team photos to take that will exercise your  […]

The Whodunnit Family Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Kids
  • Teens

A crazed killer is on the loose! And it’s up to you to stop him! The killer has created a scavenger hunt that, when completed, reveals his name, the weapon he used, and where he hid the body in the museum. He  […]

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Adults
  • Kids
  • Teens

Follow in the footsteps of young wizards ...on a field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Keep  […]

The Bride-’n’-Go-Seek Hunt & Other Wedding Adventures

    Anywhere
  • Adults

A great way to get acquainted (and get a little crazy) Brides-to-be, bridesmaids, and other guests will go in search of objects and take team photos in a neighborhood of your choice, with each challenge  […]

The Cats vs. Dogs Family Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Kids

The Ultimate Showdown Between Cats and Dogs Kids and adults work together to chase down cats and dogs hidden in works of art throughout the Museum of Fine Arts. Pawse to take in a German canine wedding,  […]

The Killer Trivia Quiz: A Murder Mystery Game

    Anywhere
  • Adults

Solving a murder is not a trivial pursuit. Just after writing a trivia quiz, a Watson Adventures staffer was murdered, and we need your help to catch his killer. Before he died, he drew a star on the ground  […]

The Murder in Old Boston Scavenger Hunt

    Freedom Trail
  • Adults

Can you deduce whodunit? A Watson Adventures staffer has been murdered, and we need your help to catch his killer. Before he died, he drew a star on the ground with his own blood. What does this mean? It turns  […]

Brain Squeeze: A Trivia Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Adults

It’s a trivia quiz!” “It’s a scavenger hunt!” Wait, you’re both right! You’ll need to show off your knowledge on this unusual game at the Museum of Fine Art. Each question challenges your team to answer   […]

International Editions

    Anywhere
  • Adults

Do you have a group where English isn’t the primary language of many or all of the members? We still have a hunt for you! Most of our scavenger hunts, in both museums and great neighborhoods, are available in  […]

The Artful Dodgers Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Kids
  • Teens

Kids and adults work together on an eye-popping, jaw-dropping tour across the centuries at the Museum of Fine Arts. The hunt is a bit like a trip around the world and into the past: You’ll visit ancient Egypt,  […]

The Babson Blitz Scavenger Hunt

    Babson College, Wellesley
  • Adults

Do you expect to spend hours in conference rooms at the Babson Executive Conference Center? Need a break to get outdoors and find a new way to get to know your colleagues? Try out a team-building scavenger  […]

The Conquer Boston Scavenger Hunt

    Citywide
  • Adults

See the best of Boston on a whirlwind tour ...that takes you to Quincy Market, the North End, Harvard Yard, Fenway Park, Chinatown, Boston Common, Beacon Hill, and many other colorful neighborhoods, historic  […]

The Conquer Concord Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Concord
  • Kids
  • Teens

American patriots fought the British there, famous writers walked and talked there, and now you can hunt there. The kid-friendly, very walkable streets make for a delightful hunt, as your team searches out  […]

The Fright at the Museum Scavenger Hunt

    Museum of Fine Arts
  • Adults

Explore the eerie side of art ...at the Museum of Fine Arts. Artists definitely have a dark side, and you’ll discover it at your peril while searching for skulls and skeletons, hideous monsters, severed heads,  […]

The Go Fish Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    New England Aquarium
  • Kids
  • Teens

Boasting sharks, seals, penguins, electric eels, and all sorts of exotic deep-sea creatures, the New England Aquarium is a great location for a hunt. You’ll spiral around the 200,000-gallon, multi-story Giant  […]

The Hidden Amherst Scavenger Hunt

    Amherst College
  • Adults

See the best of the Amherst College campus ...on a whirlwind tour of secret places, and cool museums, intriguing landmarks and jaw-dropping vistas. The college itself originally commissioned this hunt for  […]

The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt

    Harvard Museum of Natural History & Peabody Museum
  • Adults

Go on what might be our most surreal hunt in Boston—a whirlwind tour of two museums in one, the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum, featuring exotic stuffed animals, sparkling gems, odd  […]

The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Harvard Museum of Natural History & Peabody Museum
  • Kids
  • Teens

Giant dinosaurs, meteorites, bizarre fish, Native American villages, beautiful glass flowers, a creepy spider, dog-teeth fashions from the Pacific Islands, cute critters, and a whale skeleton: The Harvard  […]

The Revolutionary Boston Scavenger Hunt

    Freedom Trail
  • Adults

Go where Founding Fathers battled Brits —and each other—on a scavenger hunt that brings out the spirits of 1776. This special hunt takes you inside the Old State House Museum in search of such items as actual  […]

The Secrets of the Springfield Museums Scavenger Hunt

    Springfield Museums
  • Adults

Prepare to be astonished ...by an amazing cluster of museums—two art museums, a science museum, and a new local history museum—united around a garden of sculptures celebrating Dr. Seuss! We offer no more  […]

The Swimming with Sharks Scavenger Hunt

    New England Aquarium
  • Adults

Boasting sharks, seals, penguins, electric eels, and all sorts of exotic deep-sea creatures, the New England Aquarium is a great place for a hunt. You will spiral around the 200,000-gallon, multi-story Giant  […]

The Witches of Salem Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Salem
  • Kids
  • Teens

And you thought Hogwarts was scary... Go in search of witches and other weird wonders in the spooky town of Salem. Kids and adults work together to solve tricky questions while learning the tales behind old  […]

The Wizards & Witches Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Anywhere
  • Kids

Here’s an adventure Harry Potter fans will love ...on a scavenger hunt that features a variety of challenges that might remind you of Harry's world. On teams of six, kids will search for objects that young  […]

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