Fun Adventures with a Dash of Culture
Our scavenger hunts use witty, tricky questions in fast-paced games that bring out the best in a fascinating place—and the best in you and your teammates. The hunts are like walking tours spiked with caffeine. Watson Adventures’ scavenger hunts have been acclaimed by ABC News, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Herald, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and numerous other media outlets. Since 1999, more than 150,000 hunters have enjoyed our indoor and outdoor games in almost countless cities.
How a Watson scavenger hunt works
On most of our hunts, you’re not hunting for objects (drop that pigeon!) but for answers to tricky and humorous questions about the intriguing places and objects you discover. Typically the game lasts two hours (with about half an hour more for set-up and post-hunt scoring), but on private scavenger hunts the length can be customized to meet your needs.
No previous knowledge is required: You just need a sharp mind and comfy shoes. The best teams quickly learn that they must use the strengths of everyone in the group. (This is also why Watson Adventures scavenger hunts are great for corporate team building.)
Questions that reward your effort
We have a variety of scavenger hunts to choose from. Our classic, flagship hunts reveal the secrets of specific locations, via entertaining questions that showcase the skills of everyone on the team. Here’s an example from one of our natural history and science museum hunts, The Field of Screams Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt at the Field Museum in Chicago:
From the lobby, go through Mammals of Asia to find, at the back of the museum, the Man Eaters of Tsavo. Their reputation was once larger than life, but now they’re smaller than life. What demeaning role explains this? Answer: The two killer lions, after they were finally captured, were once cut down to become rugs.
We also offer scavenger hunts in art museums. Here’s one of our questions from The Met Madness Scavenger Hunt at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art:
In the Medieval Treasury, find the stained glass saint who looks like he can’t get no satisfaction. (You might find his name appropriate.) Who most likely sought his help? Answer: Resembling Mick Jagger, St. Roch is the patron saint of plague sufferers, as revealed by the label near the window.
We also offer outdoor hunts in historic and fascinating places. Here’s an example from The Downtown Movie Locations Scavenger Hunt in Los Angeles:
Bradbury Building, Broadway & 3rd: This is one of L.A.’s architectural landmarks. Architect George Wyman was influenced by an 1887 sci-fi novel. Go inside to see the dramatic lobby, which has inspired dramatic scenes: In The Artist, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo flirt on the ornate stairs. In Blade Runner it poses as the toymaker Sebastian’s waterlogged home, Harrison Ford has his final showdown with Rutger Hauer. Near the “bird cage” elevators, find something that would escape from such a cage. What city did it come from? Answer: The mailbox, made in Rochester, features an eagle.
Didn’t get any of these? Of course not! We write the questions so you can get the answer only when you’re standing in the right spot. (We’ve also left out some of the clues that help you get to the right gallery.) Each question is designed to have a distinct payoff: You will see something cool, learn an intriguing or bizarre fact, or have a good laugh.
A wide variety of team-building games for any location
But what if you want a hunt that’s not in a location we already offer? No problem! Our popular Grab ’n’ Go Scavenger Hunts can be staged anywhere you are.
If you’re in an office building or conference center that doesn’t lend itself to a scavenger hunt, you can still get in the game with The Trivia Slam, our entertaining update of pub quizzes and game shows.
Go interactive with our iPhone app
Another fun option is to do one of our classic scavenger hunts via smartphone, with our new scavenger hunt iPhone app. You’ll get real-time feedback about your answers, hints when your first answer is wrong, a variety of entertaining sounds that let the team know how you’re doing, and a countdown clock, just to turn the pressure—and the fun—up a notch. The app hunts are available for select hunts and locations.
Ready to get in the game? Choose a hunt type below—or just contact us!