Hangings, Bribes & Coleslaw: Pop Quiz on Ellis Island, the Isle of Immigration

Watson Adventures Ellis Island Pop Quiz“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” So sayeth “The New Colossus,” the poem inscribed in the base of Lady Liberty’s pedestal. She of course has been the symbol of immigration to the United States since at least 1892, when nearby Ellis Island first opened its doors to those seeking a better life in America.

Beyond the fact that it was a busy immigration spot during its time, how much do you know about Ellis Island? Test your knowledge with this fun quiz—we created it specially as part of a themed trivia game that visitors to Ellis Island played just last week!


4 Spine-Tingling Blood-Curdling Ghost Stories from Watson Adventures’ Haunted Scavenger Hunts

Watson Adventures Haunted HuntsBOO! OK, got that out of the way. Now that we’ve toughened up your nerves, you’re ready to read some of the ghost stories from our Halloween season’s selection of haunted scavenger hunts in six cities. (People are saying they’re true. We’ve read that they’re true. They are incredibly true.)

The haunted hunts are a great way to celebrate Halloween, whether on our weekend public hunts or as a treat for friends or colleagues any time. Armed only with a flashlight, your team will follow a trail of clues that take you on a spine-tingling tour of places that are said to be haunted. And we’ll tell you the tales of the hauntings, and the rappings, and the moanings, and all that other spooky stuff. Just check out these tales of famous ghosts, starring Aaron Burr, Marilyn Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, and the most famous victim of the Salem witch trials… (more…)

So Spooky! Great Scavenger Hunt Team Names for Halloween Fun

Watson Adventures Halloween Scavenger Hunt Team Names

Welcome to October, the spookiest time of year! On a Halloween scavenger hunt with Watson Adventures, you’ll find ghostly locales, haunting history, and chilling tales all over the country.

Of course, you can’t go huntin’ ghosts without an awesome team name. A clever name brings your team together while you track down long-lost spirits—and it might earn you some extra points! Here are just a few of the great names other teams have come up with.


How to Turn Organizing Your Home into a Scavenger Hunt

Watson Adventures Jeni Aron Organizing

Organizing your home can be fun! Improbable, but true. Like so much in life, it’s all about how you look at it. And an expert on the subject is here to tell you one easy trick: Treat home organizing like a scavenger hunt.

Professional organizer Jeni Aron is the Clutter Cowgirl and a contributor to the new book The Real Simple Method to Organizing Every Room: And How to Keep It That Way. She was also one of Watson Adventures’ earliest all-star hunt hosts. In a delightful-yet-practical mash-up, Jeni has five tips for completing your own de-cluttering scavenger hunt.


Jeff Bezos Kicked Your Butt—And Other Scavenger Hunt Records

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt Intrepid

Highlights from Watson Adventures’ First 18 Years

Longest escalator ride. Most keys removed from a keyring by a parrot. World’s wealthiest cat.

The world is full of weird, hilarious records—humans, and apparently some other animals, are competitive by nature. We like our bragging rights. And here at Watson Adventures, where we create scavenger hunts and other games for a living, we’re no different. Seeing as it’s our birthday and we’ll brag if we want to, here are just a few of the many highlights compiled over 18 years of adventure.


New Team-Building Scavenger Hunt: Solve a Murder Mystery Anywhere!

Wstson Adventures Murder Mayhem Anywhere

Our latest game is like an “escape room” game wherever you can think of—even outdoors

Little do you know, but one of your colleagues is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde. His or her good side knows nothing about the evil side—and the evil side has challenged you to a duel. Your group has been poisoned, with only 90 minutes left to live. You’ll have to complete a series of challenges and solve interlocking puzzles to reveal the killer’s identity. If you succeed, you get the antidote. If you fail…well, you know. (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.

A ‘Socially Superlative’ Evening at the American Museum of Natural History

The event publication enjoyed a Watson Adventures scavenger hunt as part of the museum’s benefit bash

When the American Museum of Natural History wanted to add an extra dash of fun to its “Moon Dance: Night Journey” benefit gala, they turned to Watson Adventures to kick off the evening with a one-hour scavenger hunt highlighting the best of the museum. The hunt went from the famous giant whale to the legendarily large T. rex.

The online publication Socially Superlative was on hand to report on the event: “The competitive juices were flowing among the teams, so much so that women (including myself) were removing their high heels so they could scurry to the next clue quicker.” See the full story.

Pop Quiz: Secrets of the New York Celebs at Madame Tussauds

In which we wax trivial

We’ve gone eye to eye with presidents, pop stars, and popes. We’ve danced with rockers, we’ve mugged with supermodels. In short, we’ve spent a lot of time in wax museums. Wait, don’t dial 911: we go to Madame Tussauds to update our scavenger hunts there, in the New York City and Washington, D.C., branches. (And before you get upset about Tussauds: they removed the apostrophe long before our first scavenger hunt there in 2006.)

We’ve learned a lot of intriguing trivia about the stars in those galleries, not just from the information cards accompanying the wax figures but also from our own roving and restless research. Allow us to share the wealth: from the following descriptions, see if you can identify the six celebs, all associated with New York City, whose wax-alikes stand or have stood in Madame Tussauds. You can guess “blind,” or you can refer to the list of candidates that follows the descriptions. (more…)

Travel + Leisure: “These Scavenger Hunts Help You Explore New York City in a Whole New Way”

“Fun, quirky, and educational, Watson Adventures has created scavenger hunts in more than 30 cities across the United States, inviting everyone from curious travelers and even Fortune 500 team builders to join in on any one of its 600 whimsical and fast-paced games.”

So begins Travel + Leisure’s write up of our scavenger hunts for corporate team building and private parties, available not just in New York City but across the U.S. Plus anyone can sign on for our weekend hunts for the general public in seven cities. Find out what the esteemed travel publication has to say: read the article here.