Scavenger Hunts at Pike Place Market, Seattle

Scavenger Hunts at Pike Place Market

  • private
  • adults
  • kids
  • indoor

The Market Mania Scavenger Hunt

Amazing adventures and eats for everyone!

If you’ve been to Pike Place Market, we don’t need to tell you that it’s a great setting for a scavenger hunt. This venue has a dizzying array of offerings: Olympia oysters, flying fish, hot doughnuts, beaming sunflowers, Rainier cherries, Walla Walla onions, exotic cheeses, live musicians, dramatic views, and eclectic, eccentric stores. But even if you think you know the market, you’ll be surprised at all the places and sights you’ve never noticed when your team follows a trail of clues in search of answers to tricky, humorous questions.

Highlights of the hunt include a magic shop, a duck butt with a message, celebrity autographs, a Sleepless in Seattle location, curds (but not whey), Rachel the Pig’s less fortunate cousin, and actual frankincense and myrrh.

You might tackle such questions as…

  • Find three stages of life. The wise guy who sees this apparently wasn’t good at predicting his own future happiness. How many times did he presumably experience the middle of those three stages? Answer: “Alexander, the Man Who Knows” married nine times, according to a sign below a giant poster that shows scenes of infancy, marriage, and death.
  • In a store filled with odd antiques, what is the gypsy’s first prediction for you, and nearby, how old is the ugly creature that might stalk Little Red Diving Hood? Answer: Your lucky color, dispensed by a gypsy fortune-teller—and the wolf fish is 70 years old.

Keep in mind that we haven’t included directions or additional clues in these questions that help guide you to the right spot to uncover the answers. To triumph on this hunt, you just need to keep your eyes open, use your wits, and work with your team.

Find out why several groups from Microsoft have raved about this hunt. A Kids Edition is also available for ages 7 and up, in which adults and children work together to explore the market and answer the fun, funny questions.

What delighted clients are saying

“Amazing! Our group had so much fun searching for clues and ‘competing’ against each other. What a well-planned and thought-out scavenger hunt! Highly recommend for a fun group activity!” –Jennifer Gloeckner, Assistant Asset Manager, Healthcare Realty


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  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

The Murder at the Market Scavenger Hunt

Solve a mystery, save the world!

A Watson Adventures staffer has been murdered in Pike Place Market, and we need your help to catch his killer. Before he died, he drew a star on the ground with his blood. Piece together the puzzle he left behind to find out what happened—and to prevent a potentially disastrous international incident.

On your quest, you’ll also uncover the secrets of Pike Place Market, where surprising details can help you solve the mystery. You’ll need to make sense of cryptic clues, crack a code, and send a text message to the victim. The world as we know it may depend on your team’s ability to work together.

The hunts are operated independently of the Pike Place Market PDA, which is not responsible for its content or presentation.


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