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Scavenger Hunts: Clues, Ideas, and Riddles to get you Started on a Treasure Hunt. Great Fun for the park or at home ...

Updated on October 6, 2018

Finding ways to have fun as a group can be hard. Whether it’s a family activity, an event for a club, or any group of people that you’re trying to plan activities for, it can get pretty hard to keep coming up with creative ideas. Especially with the economy forcing more families to opt for Stay-cations rather than Vacations, planning ways to keep it fun can be more and more difficult each day.

Well, Perhaps Scavenger Hunts are the solution to you dilemma! Scavenger hunt riddles will keep your group thinking while they go on an adventure through their homes, neighborhoods, or cities. Scavenger hunts can get pretty creative. Scavenger hunt clues can be either given out plainly, or you can use riddles. Depending on the crowd that the hunt is for, you might have some pretty great and unique scavenger hunt ideas of your own. In case you don’t, this article should provide you with some great ideas and scavenger hunt clues to get you started.

Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Museum Scavenger Hunt

  • Take your family or group to a local art or history museum. Create the scavenger hunt clues in a way that guides the group through the various areas of the museum. Make it so that the participants have to use the clues to find the right historical figure or work of art, and then have them write down the name of that artwork or person. If you’re at a natural history museum, try having them identify different extinct animals and rock formation types. Remember, it’s against the rules to just use a search on your smart phones. Make sure that they can figure it out by reading the information in the museums. This particular scavenger hunt idea can be really educational.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

  • Take your group to a local park. Before the event, do a little research on the local plants that grow in that park and what they look like. Make sure no one in the group is allergic, and send them into the park with either photos or descriptions of each plant. Have each team bring back a leaf or photo of each plant. This is also a fairly educational scavenger hunt idea; unfortunately it can be dependent on weather.

In Home Clue for Clue hunt

  • This one is really great for parties or Staycations. Instead of giving out the entire scavenger hunt clues at once. Have the next clue hidden wherever the last one leads them. If you have a big yard, you can hide clues all throughout your home and property. Let there be a special gift or surprise waiting for them at the end. If this is a hunt for your family, have the hunt lead them all into the family car where you can be waiting to take them to their favorite restaurant, or to see a movie. This is also a cute idea of wedding proposals, or giving special gifts to loved ones. They’ll appreciate the effort you put into to it more than they’ll dislike having to work for it.

Hopefully you can find these ideas useful. Of course, you can make the scavenger hunt riddles as easy, hard or even non-existent, as you like. Make the hunt your own unique adventure. The ease with which a scavenger hunt can be made new and unique helps keep them entertaining no matter how often you have them.

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    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I love these scavenger hunts Brett. You are right in saying there are umpteen ways in which to keep them fresh an entertaining. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Just in time for Halloween! I love scavenger hunts. I like your idea that you suggested for Staycations. It kind of reminds me of that TV show where the couples (teams) race around the world looking for clues to win the game. My mind escapes me right now and I can't remember the name of the show, but I think you know which one I mean. I've seen a few episodes of it and really enjoyed it. Scavenger hunts are fun - and so is your hub. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us. Likewise, I'm sharing with my friends who also enjoy a good scavenger hunt.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      With the holidays coming up, this can add spice to any holiday party. I like the variations you put in. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      7 years ago

      Great and useful information! Thanks for sharing!


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