Fun from Coast to Coast: More of the Best Scavenger Hunt Team Photos of 2017

Waston Adventures More Best Team Photos 2017To borrow a phrase, 2017 was truly some wild and wacky stuff. For scavenger hunters all over the country, that meant documenting their adventures with some of the funnest, funniest photos we’ve seen in a long time.

We rounded up some of our favorites a few months ago, with hunters jumping in unison, popping their heads out of hiding, and generally acting like goofballs anywhere and everywhere. Now here are the rest of the best team photos from 2017.

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Resolved: A.J. Jacobs Explains How to Have More Adventures in 2018

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It’s easy enough to make a resolution like “Live more adventurously,” but how do you get yourself to take the sometimes daring leaps required? We consulted an expert: author A.J. Jacobs, who has made a career out of putting himself in outrageous situations and writing humorously about it. In his latest book, ‘It’s All Related,’ A.J. tells of setting himself the goal of staging the largest family reunion in history. Here, he shares his tips on how you can push yourself into new adventures. Read More

Pilgrim, Schmilgrim: 9 Things You Might Not Know About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Never quite the solemn city, New York took a solemn day marked by black-clad killjoys and turned it into an occasion for celebration, with clowns, marching bands, and helium-swollen trademark symbols.

That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving! We’re celebrating the the holiday in New York City with a weekend of our own form of merriment: the Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt, the Secrets of Grand Central Scavenger Hunt, the Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt, and the Wizard School Scavenger Hunt. To warm you up for these hunts and the festive day, here are nine things you probably didn’t know about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Read More

Museum of Magical History: 10 Amazing Facts from the Newest Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

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Proud lions, slithering serpents, forbidding forests, and a giant squid abound in one of the most venerated places on earth. And no, it’s not Hogwarts—it’s the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

That’s where children and adults alike can join the new Wizard School Scavenger Hunt 2: The School of Magical History. Just like the popular Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this new adventure sends you on a hunt for artifacts, creatures, and exhibits reminiscent of characters and events from the Harry Potter books and films. Not sure how wizard-y the Museum of Natural History can be? Here are 10 magical facts and exhibits from the museum.

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Not Just Turkey Day: 12 Surprising Things That Happened in November

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Weird that grave-robbing and sky-writing in November haven’t caught on like eating a bunch of turkey and pie has.

As November gets started—hard to believe 2017 is already 11 months old!—take a look back at other stuff that has happened this month. Some of it’s surprising, some of it’s just plain weird, and some of these made-up holidays are too much.

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7 U.S. Cities Attacked by Giant Monsters, Ranked

Watson Adventures Monster MoviesWho’s a hundred feet tall and can scale tall buildings in a single film? It’s King Kong! With the Eighth Wonder of the World tearing it up in Kong: Skull Island, giant monsters are back—as if they ever left.

You’re not likely to run into Kong or Godzilla in any of the seven cities that feature Watson Adventures scavenger hunts for the public, but they’ve all had their share of run-ins larger-than-life monsters. Here’s a ranking of those seven cities, and times they were menaced by massive (and sometimes not-so-massive) movie monsters.

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Mini Game: Try Out the Women of the Met Scavenger Hunt

Watson Adventures Women of the Met Museum Scavenger HuntOn our newest scavenger hunt, you’ll meet the women of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: art of women, art by women, and the stories behind them. The Women of the Met Scavenger Hunt reveals the many ways famous and formidable females have made history—and herstory. With smartphone in hand, your team will follow a trail of tricky clues and answer fun questions about intriguing paintings, sculptures, and tell-tale objects, all by, for, or featuring women. 

This hunt was originally introduced as a rare do-it-yourself hunt in celebration of Women’s History Month. That version of the hunt is no longer available, but an expanded 90-minute hunt is now available for private groups, as well as a version for kids.

Can’t make it to the Met? Or want a sneak preview? Read on to play a mini-game, with six questions from the hunt…   Read More

Finding Frederick Douglass: 7 Black History Month Stops on Scavenger Hunts

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts Black History MonthDid you know Frederick Douglass is getting recognized more and more lately?  Can’t blame the guy, he’s done an amazing job. Tremendous.

Black History Month is about celebrating the, ahem, amazing jobs of countless people, from famous statesmen to unknown artists, as well as remembering their struggles. Our scavenger hunts, both for the public and for corporate team building, touch on many such notable figures—including Mr. Douglass himself, who makes an appearance on our Secrets of Fell’s Point Scavenger Hunt in Baltimore. Here are a few more of our favorites.

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Who the Heck Is This? 7 Burning Questions About Who’s on Your Money

Watson Adventures Burning Questions About MoneyYou see their faces all the time. You manhandle them, you treat them like property, you shove them in your pants, and you only think about them when you want something.

In honor of Presidents’ Day, think about those men (yep, still almost entirely men) who live in your wallet and make the world go ’round. Who are these clowns, and what are they doing on your money? Here are the answers to seven brain-tickling questions about the faces gracing American money. 

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Your V-Day Guide to the Met: 7 Must-See Nude Artworks

Watson Adventures Met Museum NudesObviously your best possible New York Valentine’s plan would include a Naked at the Met Scavenger Hunt. It’s a fun, flirty tour of sultry sirens, a literally bronzed Adonis, a medieval codpiece, an incontinent Cupid, and more of the Met’s vast collection of clothing-challenged art.

Even if you don’t join a hunt, exploring the Met with someone special is a great way to spend the most romantic day of the year (as certified by greeting-card companies and chocolate makers). If you go, be sure to scope out these seven pieces of nude art: Whether beautiful or weird, they’re some of our favorite pieces in the Met.

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