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Four Perfect Reasons to Skip the Escape Room and Join a Team Building Scavenger Hunt

Watson Adventures Corporate Scavenger Hunt WinnersImagine being locked in a small room with a bunch of your co-workers…and almost no chance of escape! Sounds like a nightmare, doesn’t it? For some people a game like that can be fun, sure. But if our 15+ years in the business of entertaining customers has taught us anything, it’s that your group would appreciate a more varied adventure—and more bang for your buck.

Escape rooms started popping up all over the place a few years ago, and now they’re a staple of small parties with an hour to kill. They can be fun—if you enjoy doing nothing but solving puzzles for an hour. Squeezing a group of co-workers into a small space can only get you so far, especially if your goal is team building and group bonding. The nearly limitless options afforded by Watson Adventures scavenger hunts, on the other hand, have those run-of-the-mill rooms beat by my a mile. Here’s why. Read More

Windy City Live and Mayor Rahm Emanuel Get in the Game with a Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt

 

Not even the mayor of Chicago can resist the excitement of a Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt. Rahm Emanuel helped ABC’s Windy City LIVE as they zipped around town and completed the fun challenges of the Thrown for a Loop Scavenger Hunt.

Members of their studio audience made up Team Ryan and Team Val and competed as “The ScAvengers” to find and solve clues through the Chicago Loop. Head on over to watch the videos and join in on the fun.

Weird Museums: 3 of the Strangest Museums in America

Watson Adventures 3 of the Strangest Museums in AmericaAs much as we love a grand museum full of fine art, we have a soft spot for the little museum dedicated to some oddball topic, too. Some gleefully offer up terrible art. Some are so gross they make people faint. And some are just plain weird.

Strange museums pop up all over the world, but for this look we’re sticking close to home, and we’re going with larger museums for now—no wackadoodle roadside holes in the wall here. Check out three of the oddest museums in America.   Read More

Met Gala 2018: Who Wore It Better?

Watson Adventures Met Gala 2018 Who Wore It BetterThe Met Gala has come and gone, and once again the first Monday in May brought us a red carpet full of astonishing looks.

This year’s controversial theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” invited the usual parade of fashion models, actors, and assorted celebs to don their, ahem, “Sunday best,” to some decidedly mixed results. This being the fashion event of the year at our favorite museum, we couldn’t help but watch and wonder: Who wore it better?

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9 Art Memes that Sum Up Just How Weird Art Can Be

Watson Adventures Weird Art MemesLook, art museums are splendid places: cathedrals of learning, monuments of artistic splendor, vaults of wonder and beauty. But dang it if the art inside them doesn’t get real weird sometimes.

This is old news to anyone who’s joined one of our scavenger hunts before—our clues often riff on the strange and surreal in museums around the country—but the Internet has some catching up to do. Art history memes are all the rage right now, so here we offer nine of our own submissions that highlight weird (and occasionally the weirdly relatable) side of art. Read More

5 Actually Great Places to Eat & Drink in Miami Beach

5 Great Places to Eat and Drink in Miami Beach

Miami’s South Beach is legendary for beautiful beaches and beautiful people, but even sun-kissed models have to eat—and so do the rest of us. Trouble is, finding somewhere worth stopping along the table-crammed sidewalks of Ocean Drive and Española Way, with their tourist-trap restaurants and watered-down fishbowl margaritas, can be a heck of a challenge.

We’re here to help! While researching fun new scavenger hunts in Miami, Senior Writer Ryan Greene found a few food-and-drink spots he totally loved. From a quick bite to a fancy meal, these five places to eat and drink are actually great.

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5 Powerful Women at the Museum Whose Stories You Should Know

Watson Adventures Powerful Women MuseumsAncient Roman sculptures. Demure portraits.  Lots and lots and lots of nudes. You might be forgiven if that’s what comes to mind when you think of women and museums, but we can do better than that.

For Women’s History Month, we’ve rounded up pieces of art featuring some of our favorite powerful women from some of our best scavenger hunts. From dragon-slayer to goddess, these women are just a few examples of the countless ladies who deserve all the attention we can give them. Read More

Witchcraft & Wizardry: 7 Works of Art from Our Harry Potter-Inspired Scavenger Hunts

Watson Adventures Wizard Hunts Harry Potter Art MuseumsHarry Potter is coming to America. This month sees the Broadway premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the fantastically inventive stage play that sends Harry’s younger son, Albus, to Hogwarts.

Of course, unless you’re one lucky Muggle—or you cast “Accio tickets!” more successfully than we did—you’ll have to wait a while to see this spell-binding show. Happily, you don’t have to wait to enjoy the Wizard School Scavenger Hunt, a Potter-inspired quest for wizards and witches and magical creatures in a museum near you. Today, let’s take a peek behind the scenes at some of our favorite wizardly pieces of art from museums around the country. Read More

8 Amazing Works of Art By and About People of Color at the National Portrait Gallery

Watson Adventures National Portrait Gallery People of Color

In a rare feat for a presidential portrait, the February unveiling of President Barack Obama’s was an artistic event. The reveal of the first black president’s portrait (alongside that of First Lady Michelle Obama) drew international attention. Brooklyn artist Kehinde Wiley’s characteristically bright, bold painting has become an instant draw at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

A trip to the museum is well worth your time. There are plenty of great pieces and hidden gems to explore during your visit. Sharlette Williams, our D.C. coordinator and hunt host extraordinaire (and local foodie), takes a look at a few of her favorite pieces created by or featuring people of color. Read More

Great Women Artists: 4 Amazing Artworks and the Women Who Made Them

Watson Adventures Great Women Artists“Why have there been no great women artists?” Art historian Linda Nochlin posed the question in 1971 in an essay whose point was just the opposite: Art history is full of great women artists you’ve likely never heard of. In honor of Women’s History Month, let’s meet some of them.

Whether you’re familiar with these four artworks and their creators, they’re just a few examples of the art women have been creating for centuries. Some of them toiled in semi-obscurity, while others enjoyed fame in their time but since have been overlooked. And one is a mystery, because who doesn’t love a good mystery? Read More