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Adult Scavenger Hunt Ideas & Lists
Scavenger hunts are a popular party game for adult groups of all types -- from the corporate to the casual, bachelorette parties to large-scale citywide games. The scavenger hunt game can function as a good icebreaker for people who are just getting to know each other, or it can be a great way for already close friends to have lots of fun.
The key to a scavenger hunt is having a good plan and having a good scavenger hunt list, so I've put together a list of free adult scavenger hunt lists and some party planning books you can pick up if you want a more formal game or just need more ideas.
The best way to use these lists is to grab a bunch of different scavenger hunt lists and then borrow items from them to make up your own unique list. Also, you can use them as a springboard for your own ideas. For instance, the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt list includes items that will be unique to the city of Chicago, but surely you can think of some things unique and interesting about your own city to add to your list.
Types of Scavenger Hunts
There are essentially two types of scavenger hunts -- the traditional hunt involves collecting physical items that you would bring back to the judges. Frequently, you will have to decipher hints to figure out exactly what the item is and where it is.
Sometimes instead of finding an item, you might have to perform a task (with witnesses to attest to its being done). There's a new type of scavenger hunt that's growing in popularity however, and it lots of ways it makes scavenger hunts more entertaining -- this is the Photo Scavenger Hunt.
Thanks to instant cameras like the Polaroid, and now digital cameras, you can play a scavenger hunt game that involves you going out to collect pictures of the objects in the game -- or any tasks you are compelled to do. This can make many games more fun and challenging than ever before. For more tips, check out my Photo Scavenger Hunt Ideas. They should be enough to get you up and running with some of your own ideas.
Planning Your Scavenger Hunt Party
This book's main focus is planning adult parties and it includes not only lists and suggestions for the scavenger hunt itself, but ideas on invitations and party planning tips. Great stuff and people will be talking about your party for ages!
If you're looking for ideas more suitable for the corporate setting, take a look at this book on team-building scavenger hunts
Scavenger Hunt Lists
- The Great Scavenger Hunt
This is a photo scavenger hunt that is coordinated online. They have some great lists that will help you get some really creative ideas for your own photo scavenger hunt. Warning -- their lists are quite ribald and adult. No kiddie hunts here.
- Girls Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
Great ideas for an end of school year road trip or an extended bachelorette party. You an easily adapt this list for mixed groups too.
- Adult Scavenger Hunt Ideas
Some great lists and ideas for scavenger hunt parties at this PartyPop message board posting. Be sure and check here for some ideas to use for your own game.
- Scavenger Hunt Lists
A few more useful scavenger hunt lists here -- one for a community-based game and another bridal party list too.
- The University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt
The U of Chicago Scavenger Hunt is a very large game conducted in May every year. Use their lists to get some ideas for more challenging items to add to your hunt.