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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!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia Is All a Game on a Scavenger Hunt!

Explore Philadelphia on scavenger hunts that reveal the best of such places as Center City, the Independence Hall area, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, Reading Terminal Market, the Philadelphia Zoo, and many more great locations. Plus special theme hunts feature gourmet food, ghost stories and haunted locations, and murder mysteries.

The hunts are great for all kinds of occasions—birthday parties, anniversaries, alumni group get-togethers, college freshman-week activities, fund-raisers, church outings, family reunions, you name it!

Plus our hunts designed for kids and adults to do together are great for school field trips, summer camp outings, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs and any other occasion where you want to excite the minds of kids in a museum or fun neighborhood.

This Philadelphia section also includes hunts outside Philadelphia, including New Hope, Doylestown and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, not far from Wilmington, Delaware.

Explore the games via the dropdown menus, or scroll through the list, or just contact us to learn more and get in the game!

Photo: James and Dolly Madison's house, Society Hill

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The Murder at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Adults

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

The Murder at the Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt

    Franklin Institute
  • Adults

Can you figure out whodunit? Someone—or some thing—has been bumping off Franklin Institute staffers involved in the recent discovery of a long-lost invention by Benjamin Franklin. This “infernal machine” has a  […]

The Philadelphia Museum Madness Scavenger Hunt

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Adults

Discover secrets and surprises in art ...on a whirlwind tour of the best of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Your team will decipher tricky, humorous clues that guide your throughout the museum. You’ll explore  […]

The Mad Science Scavenger Hunt

    Franklin Institute
  • Adults

If your group is involved with science or finds human ingenuity and creativity fascinating, then you need to discover our hunt at the Franklin Institute. This large museum is renowned for its exciting,  […]

The Secrets of Old Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt

    Independence Hall area
  • Adults

Ever try time travel? This hunt takes you back to colonial times and the tumult of 1776. You’ll explore the restored historic houses and other sites where independence was born, including Independence Hall,  […]

The Art of Darkness Scavenger Hunt

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Adults

Brace yourself for the eerie side of art ...on an ominous adventure at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Steel your nerves as you go in search of such items as a devil that terrorized church ladies, a peasant  […]

The Secrets of Old Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Independence Hall area
  • Kids
  • Teens

Recommended by GoCityKids.com! Here’s a kid-friendly version of our popular adult hunt. If you think you know Old Philadelphia—from Society Hill to Old City—then prepare to be surprised. This fun and funny  […]

The Grab ’n’ Go Philadelphia 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 Haunted New Hope Scavenger Hunt

    New Hope
  • Adults

Better bring your favorite hex, because the historic buildings and byways of this town are rife with cranky poltergeists. Be careful not to rile the restless Revolutionary War soldiers, the many ghosts in an  […]

The Haunted Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt

    Independence Hall area
  • Adults

BOO! Sorry to startle you, but you might as well brace yourself now for this eerie adventure. You'll visit ghost-plagued buildings and secret cemeteries while learning the stories of the restless souls you  […]

The Munch Around the Market Scavenger Hunt

    Reading Terminal Market & Vicinity
  • Adults

You can literally taste victory... as you tackle tricky questions while sampling the best foods in the Reading Terminal Market and nearby Chinatown. You'll also discover other delightful surprises in the  […]

Brain Squeeze: A Trivia Scavenger Hunt

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Adults

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

International Editions

  • 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 Dancing Nudes Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 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 Ghosts of Philadelphia Family Scavenger Hunt

    Independence Hall area
  • Adults
  • Kids
  • Teens

Kids and adults work together to uncover the stories of creepy places and the ghosts that have haunted them. Starring the spirits of 1776 in Independence Hall, Ben Franklin (of course), the Hag of Pine Street,  […]

The Murder in Old Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt

    Center City
  • Adults

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 out that the victim  […]

The Whodunnit Family Scavenger Hunt

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • 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 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and if you can solve it, you'll discover his name, the weapon he  […]

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Adults
  • Kids
  • Teens

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

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 Mad Science Scramble Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Franklin Institute
  • Kids
  • Teens

You’ll need Ben Franklin’s craftiness to search out answers to tricky questions about such things as a full-size gigantic locomotive, an Air Force jet, a mad scientist’s electric device that you spark to life,  […]

The Naked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Scavenger Hunt

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Adults

Take an unblushing look at nudity ...at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You’ll scrutinize paintings, sculptures, period rooms, extra-large bathers, a sultry sea monster, saints with shocking piercings, and a  […]

The Reading Terminal Ramble Scavenger Hunt

    Reading Terminal Market & Vicinity
  • Adults

Uncover the secrets of Reading Terminal ...and its neighborhood, including Chinatown and along Market Stree. You’ll discover... America’s oldest ice cream vendor Philly’s most endangered cheesesteak (and a  […]

The Secrets of Longwood Gardens Scavenger Hunt

    Longwood Gardens
  • Adults

Your eyes will goggle and your brain will boggle... The former du Pont estate that became the sprawling, spectacular Longwood Gardens provides a surprising backdrop for an amazing adventure. On our hunt you’ll  […]

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 Art Attack Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Kids
  • Teens

Recommended by GoCityKids.com! Kids and adults work together to discover the secrets of all kinds of art, starring knights in armor, munching monks, puzzling jugs, dragons with bad breath, surprising sea  […]

The Cats vs. Dogs Family Scavenger Hunt

    Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Kids
  • Teens

The Ultimate Showdown Between Cats and Dogs Kids and adults work together to chase down cats and dogs hidden in works of art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You’ll search for misbehaving hounds, hungry  […]

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 Wild Wildlife Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Philadelphia Zoo
  • Kids
  • Teens

Recommended by GoCityKids.com! Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of the zoo, from ants to apes. Highlights include the Pachyderm House, the Rare Animal Conservation Center, Bear Country, the  […]

The Animal Magnetism Scavenger Hunt

    Philadelphia Zoo
  • Adults

If you can talk to the animals, you’ll be cheating ...on this fast-paced and fun tour of the best of the Philadelphia Zoo. It's just the right size for a great hunt: In just two hours, you can cover most of  […]

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 Citywide “Conquer Philadelphia” Scavenger Hunt

    Center City
  • Adults

Take on Center City ...on a whirlwind tour that hits the most interesting locations, be they famous or obscure. Using either limousines or mass transit (including the Philly Phlash in summer), hunters will  […]

The Hidden New Hope Scavenger Hunt

    New Hope
  • Adults

Discover the most intriguing sights, scenes, buildings, and byways of this historic town, from river to canal, from patriots to pop artists. Make it a mystery! We can customize this hunt to include an  […]

The Swimming with Sharks Scavenger Hunt

    Adventure Aquarium
  • Adults

It’s sink or swim on this hunt... through the state-of-the-art Adventure Aquarium, featuring a wide array of exhibits, environments, and surprising sea creatures. Highlights include Penguin Island, the  […]

The Go Fish Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Adventure Aquarium
  • Kids
  • Teens

It’s sink or swim ...on this hunt through the state-of-the-art Adventure Aquarium, as kids and adults work together to explore a wide variety of exhibits, environments, and surprising sea creatures. Highlights  […]

The Pirates of the Seaport Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Independence Seaport Museum
  • Kids
  • Teens

The relatively small but impressively displayed collection at the Independence Seaport Museum makes great material for a short hunt, particularly for kids and families. (We know: We’ve staged a bar mitzvah  […]

The Wizards & Witches Scavenger Hunt for Kids

  • 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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