Scavenger Hunts on the Freedom Trail | Boston

Scavenger Hunts on The Freedom Trail

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The Secrets of Old Boston Scavenger Hunt

Uncover bygone Boston…

…on an adventure that takes you along the Freedom Trail. Teams will visit and discover the secrets of numerous historic locations where America was born—Faneuil Hall, the site of the Boston Massacre, Old City Hall, the Old South Meeting House (where a particularly large tea party had its beginnings), and the Old State House, to name a few of the highlights. Starring: Ben Franklin, Larry Bird, Mother Goose, Gulliver’s teakettle, and an Irishman’s “bowl of tears.”

But not everything on this hunt is old. It’s also packed with present-day hotspots. You’ll check out the delicious and bustling food stands of Quincy Market, see a tribute to local sports heroes, discover the birthplace of Boston’s culinary delights, and more.

No knowledge of these places or Boston history is necessary. Sharp eyes and teamwork are the only things you need to answer our fun and funny questions. Participants use their own smartphones to play, and comfy shoes are also a good idea for trekking the trail.

This scavenger hunt has been far and away our most popular team-building game with corporate groups since our first Boston hunt in 2002. Find out what you’ve been missing!


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  • adults
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The Murder in Old Boston Scavenger Hunt

Can you answer this question: Who dunnit?

Find yourself in the middle of a murder mystery on this unusual, fun scavenger hunt set in historic Boston. A Watson Adventures staffer has been murdered, and it’s up to you to catch his killer. Here’s your first clue: when he died, he drew a star on the ground with his own blood. What does that mean? And what will you learn about the victim’s dangerous secret life? Solve the clues he left behind in order to solve the mystery—and prevent an international disaster.    

Along the way, you’ll also uncover the secrets of the Freedom Trail, between Boston Common and Faneuil Hall, where unexpected details turn out to be part of the puzzle. You’ll need to make sense of cryptic clues, crack a code, and send a text message to the dead man. The fate of the free world may depend on your ability to work together as a team.


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  • kids
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The Secrets of Old Boston Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Set the time machine for 1776

Kids and adults work together to explore the Freedom Trail on a fun, funny, informative scavenger hunt along the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston. On teams, you’ll search for a “strong man” in Faneuil Hall, enormous fruit in Quincy Hall, a giant’s teakettle, Mother Goose’s flock in a historic cemetery, a woman who inspired The Scarlet Letter, a place where Ben Franklin got dunked, enemy animals at the site of the Boston Massacre, and more.

You don’t need to know anything about the Freedom Trail or Boston to play and to win…but you and your group will know a whole lot about them by the time you’re done.

The perfect combo: Old Boston and young hunters

This is a great activity for bringing together adults and kids—and for getting them to work together, have a blast, and learn a little something along the way. It’s perfect for class trips, birthday parties, scout-troop or summer-camp outings, tourist groups, you name it.

Recommended for ages 7 and up. Each team must include at least one adult.

What delighted teachers are saying

“I have taken students from my high school to four Watson Adventures hunts. Each time, the students have had a wonderful experience. The enthusiasm I have seen, and the teamwork that has been displayed, has been thrilling for me as an educator. My job is to keep students engaged, and Watson Adventures does that with ease. Not only are the students doing something fun—they don’t even realize how much they are learning in the process.”  


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