Lost New York—found on this hunt!
You’ll discover the hidden traces and places of the Wall Street area—including the narrow, winding streets laid out by the Dutch, vanished and transformed forts, places where the Founding Fathers walked and fought, burn marks left by the enormous fire of 1776, and a fence that bears the scars of a Revolutionary riot. You’ll enjoy amazing changes in scenery, from the eye-popping interiors of the canyons of finance to Battery Park’s sweeping views of New York Harbor. You’ll even encounter Hollywood in spots used as locations for such movies as Ghostbusters, Men in Black, Working Girl, National Treasure, and The Day After Tomorrow.
You might search for answers to questions about…
- The War of 1812–era fort that gave Battery Park its name
- Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington bid his troops farewell
- Strange figures outside the Stock Exchange
- The Custom House, a stunning landmark seen in numerous movies and TV shows, which is now home to the National Museum of the American Indian
- Federal Hall, an 1835 Greek temple to commerce, fitted with bank vaults and built on the site where Washington became president—and Whoopi Goldberg talked with nuns in Ghost
- Trinity Church and its age-old cemetery, including the grave of Alexander Hamilton
- Scars gouged in marble by a 1920 anarchist bombing of J.P. Morgan’s offices and Federal Hall
- A giant bull that might join you in a picture
- And many sites you’ve never heard of but won’t forget
This team-building activity is not a test of knowledge but of teamwork: you don’t need to know anything about Wall Street to win. Find out why this is one of our staff’s favorite hunts!
Follow in Alexander Hamilton’s footsteps…
…through the streets of Lower Manhattan, from Wall Street to Battery Park, to discover the places where the feisty Founding Father worked, played, debated, fought, and planned his fatal duel. Whether you’re a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, or the Ron Chernow book that inspired it, or just curious about the Founding Fathers and early New York City, you’ll love this scavenger hunt.
No knowledge of Alexander Hamilton or the Wall Street area is necessary! You just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes to follow a trail of clues to discover fascinating historical places and answer tricky, fun questions about what you find.
- Hamilton’s grave
- Federal Hall, where Washington was inaugurated, Hamilton dodged rocks thrown by an angry crowd, and Hamilton and Burr worked together to defend a man accused of murder
- A bank founded by Aaron Burr in a sneaky deal that duped Hamilton
- Fraunces Tavern, where Hamilton worked as Secretary of the Treasury and where Washington bid farewell to his troops
- The site of Jefferson’s home, the site of “the room where it happened”—possibly the most important deal in America’s history
- The site of Hamilton’s home on Wall Street
- Pearl Street, part of the route of Hamilton’s funeral procession
- Hanover Square, the location of the publisher of The Federalist, written mostly by Hamilton and James Madison
- The site of a fort where, in 1775, Hamilton joined a group that stole cannons from the British
Plus, you’ll touch a fence that bears the scars of a patriotic mob, walk through a former hanging ground and slave market, gaze at singe marks from the great fire of 1776, visit the real grave of a fictional character, decipher a Freemason’s cryptic last message, and more.
It’s a great, fast-paced tour of the Wall Street area. Even if you don’t give a farthing for the Founding Fathers, you’ll be surprised and delighted by this hunt. And if you’ve seen the hit Broadway musical, you’ll be forgiven for spontaneously rapping as you recognize touchstones in Hamilton’s lyrics.
Can you determine who dunnit?
A Watson Adventures staffer has been found dead on Wall Street outside the Stock Exchange, and we need your help to catch his killer. Before he died, he drew a star on the ground with his own blood. Can you and your team of sleuths solve this mystery and piece together the rest of the puzzle he left behind in time to prevent a potentially disastrous international incident?
Along the way, you’ll also uncover the secrets of lower Manhattan, from Wall Street down to Battery Park, where surprising details turn out to be part of a cryptic code. Your teamwork skills just may save the world.
On this unusually fun team-building exercise, you’ll get the best of the Secrets of Wall Street Scavenger Hunt while also solving a murder mystery. Our Hunt Host will set you up at the start, surprise you with a special challenge along the way, and award the winners at the finish line.