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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:

Washington, D.C.

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Washington D.C. Is All a Game on a Scavenger Hunt!

Explore Washington, D.C., on private group scavenger hunts that reveal the best of such places as the White House area, the National Gallery, the National Museum of American History, the Air & Space Museums, the National Museum of Natural History, Georgetown, the National Zoo, and many more great locations.

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New! The Fell’s Point Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt

    Fell's Point, Baltimore
  • Adults

Can you deduce who dunnit? 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  […]

The Murder at the Museum of American History Scavenger Hunt

    National Museum of American History
  • Adults

Can you deduce whodunit? Someone—or something—has been bumping off staffers at the National Museum of American History who were involved in the discovery of a long-lost invention by Benjamin Franklin. This  […]

The Murder at the National Gallery Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • Adults

Can you figure out whodunnit? A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a  […]

The National Treasures Scavenger Hunt

    National Museum of American History
  • Adults

If America had a giant attic... the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History would be it—and it provides the location for our most eclectic hunt. The galleries are packed with memorabilia representing  […]

The Race to the White House Scavenger Hunt

    White House Area
  • Adults

Uncover history’s mysteries ...and discover surprising sights in the public places around and near the White House.  You’ll uncover mysteries and discover surprising sights in such locations as Freedom Plaza,  […]

The American Museum Madness Scavenger Hunt

    American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery
  • Adults

Two museums, one amazing all-American adventure! We’ve uncovered the best, the most extraordinary, the most bizarre, the most head-turning and mind-boggling objects and sights in these two museums and turned  […]

The Grab ’n’ Go Washington 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 Whodunnit Family Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery 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 National Gallery of Art, and if you can solve it, you'll discover his name, the weapon he used,  […]

The Air & Space Race Scavenger Hunt: The D.C. Edition

    Air & Space Museum, National Mall
  • Adults

Few museums are as jaw-dropping ...as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, packed with real-life propeller planes, jets, bombers and bombs, missiles and rockets—just about everything associated with  […]

The Animal Magnetism Scavenger Hunt

    National Zoo
  • Adults

If you can talk to the animals, it’ll be cheating ...on this hunt that takes you in search of amazing animals and weird wildlife facts. Seeing the National Zoo in the context of a game gives the experience an  […]

The Murder at the White House Scavenger Hunt

    White House Area
  • 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  […]

The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt

    National Museum of Natural History
  • Adults

Hunt for dinosaurs, a camping vampire, a flossing bison... stuffed tigers, live insects, the Hope Diamond and other jewels, mummies, and a charred bone from a real murder mystery, all in the Smithsonian  […]

The Museum of Natural Hysteria Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    National Museum of Natural History
  • Kids
  • Teens

Recommended by Budget Travel and GoCityKids.com! Kids and adults work together to solve tricky, humorous questions on this whirlwind tour of the best of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  […]

The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt

    American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery
  • Adults

Take an unblushing look at nudity in art ...at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Highlights include a tempting she-devil, an Eve who’d get you to bite an apple, a giddy drinker, native men with no need for  […]

The Conquer Washington Citywide Scavenger Hunt

    Citywide
  • Adults
  • Teens

See the best of Washington, D.C. ...on this whirlwind hunt. You'll explore such places and sights as Lafayette Park (facing the White House), the Library of Congress, the Vietnam Memorial, Chinatown, the FDR  […]

The Haunted Washington Scavenger Hunt

    White House Area
  • Adults

BOO! Sorry to startle you... but you better get used to it if you’re joining this hunt, taking you to ghost-plagued buildings around and near the White House while learning the stories of the restless souls  […]

The Secrets of Georgetown Scavenger Hunt

    Georgetown
  • Adults
  • Teens

See the best of Georgetown while uncovering amazing tales and nooks (but not crannies). This whirlwind tour features historic homes of posh celebs, cool shops, trendy eateries where you can grab a tasty morsel  […]

The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • Adults
  • Kids
  • Teens

Like Harry Potter on a Hogwarts field trip ...you’ll explore the National Gallery of Art, in search of art that echoes characters, places, and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be  […]

The Air & Space Race Scavenger Hunt: Udvar-Hazy Edition

    Air & Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center (Dulles)
  • Adults

You don't need to be an aviator to go plane crazy... Near Dulles Airport, the National Air & Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center is just as spectacular as the one on the Mall. Housed in two giant hangars, the  […]

The Munch Around U Street Scavenger Hunt

    U Street Corridor
  • Adults

You can literally taste victory... as you see the best of the U Street Corridor while making stops along the way to sample tasty treats and discovering the rich history of this unique neighborhood. From the  […]

The Naked at the National Gallery Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • Adults

Go a sultry search for nudity in art ...at Washington's great National Gallery of Art. Every tricky question on this hunt involves nudity, whether you are looking for naughty nymphs, a sea-monster surfer,  […]

The National Gallery Gallop Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • Adults

Explore the National Gallery on a whirlwind tour! On teams, you'll tackle tricky questions about works of art—but you don't need to know anything about art or the museum. You just need sharp minds and  […]

The National Treasures Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    National Museum of American History
  • Kids
  • Teens

If the United States had a giant attic, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History would be it—and it's an amazing location for a hunt. You’ll search for Lincoln’s top hat, Clinton’s saxophone,  […]

The Secrets of Georgetown Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Georgetown
  • Kids
  • Teens

See the best of Georgetown while uncovering amazing tales and hidden nooks. Highlights include a 19th-century canal (and maybe a mule or two), historic buildings, a tavern where Jefferson dined, John F.  […]

Brain Squeeze: A Trivia Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • 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 National Gallery of Art. Each question challenges your team to answer a  […]

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 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 Wax Attacks Scavenger Hunt

    Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
  • Adults

Mingle with celebs through history at the wild, surreal, fun Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in downtown D.C. You’ll rub elbows with actors and musicians at a Hollywood party, meet presidents, artists, and other  […]

The Whodunnit Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • Adults

A crazed killer is on the loose... At the National Gallery of Art, 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 Art of Darkness Scavenger Hunt

    National Gallery of Art
  • Adults

Brace yourself for the eerie side of art ...on an ominous adventure at the National Gallery of Art. Steel your nerves as you go in search of a terminal toreador, haunting hunters, the charming scene of a  […]

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 Law & Disorder Scavenger Hunt

    National Museum of Crime and Punishment
  • Adults

It would be a crime to miss this hunt... Delve into the history of crime and punishment to uncover details about famous cold cases, infamous criminals, firearms, bomb squad technologies, and much more. You’ll  […]

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 Air & Space Race Scavenger Hunt for Kids: The D.C. Edition

    Air & Space Museum, National Mall
  • Kids
  • Teens

Kids and adults work together on this hunt exploring the best of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, packed with real-life propeller planes, jets, bombers and bombs, missiles and rockets. Above all,  […]

The American Museum Madness Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery
  • Kids
  • Teens

Two museums in one building—the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery—combine for a whirlwind tour of the best of American history and art, and this hunt reveals the quirkiest secrets hiding  […]

The Art Attack Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    National Gallery of Art
  • Kids
  • Teens

Kids and adults work together on this whirlwind tour of the most startling, fun, and fascinating works in the National Gallery of Art. Don't worry, hunters don’t need to know much about art—but we bet you’ll  […]

The Fright at the White House Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    White House Area
  • Kids
  • Teens

Learn the creepy stories... of the ghosts who have roamed the halls of the White House and other buildings in the area, all while answering tricky questions about what is discovered along the way. Who knows,  […]

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 Plane Crazy Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Air & Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center (Dulles)
  • Kids
  • Teens

Few museums are as jaw-dropping as the giant, hangar-like space of the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, near Dulles Airport. The collection boasts more than 200 planes, helicopters, gliders,  […]

The Searchin’ Mount Vernon Scavenger Hunt

    Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens
  • Adults

Walk in the footsteps of George Washington ...on a hunt that hits the highlights of his magnificent estate and gardens, just a half-hour drive from downtown D.C. You'll marvel at the Founding Father's  […]

The Searchin’ Mount Vernon Scavenger Hunt for Kids

  • Kids
  • Teens

Walk in the footsteps of George Washington ...on a hunt that hits the highlights of his magnificent estate and gardens, just a half-hour drive from downtown D.C. You'll marvel at the Founding Father's  […]

The Wild Wildlife Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    National Zoo
  • Kids
  • Teens

Lions and tigers and bears—oh, boy! Kids and adults work together to explore the National Zoo from giant pandas and great apes to naked mole rats. You don’t have to be a zoologist, but you do have to use your  […]

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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