Scavenger hunts incorporate challenging clues and daring tasks, which is why the best scavenger hunter was Sherlock Holmes' stunt double. Detect your neighborhood's hidden gems with today's Groupon: for $35, you get one entry to the cityHunt Oktoberfest Pub Crawl scavenger hunt on Saturday, October 22, at 2 p.m. in Burbank (a $70 value). Registration and festivities begin at 1 p.m., and no latecomers are admitted after the hunt's official start time. Participants must be 21 or older.
CityHunt's L.A.-area scavenger hunts bring participants together to comb the urban environment for puzzle-deciphering clues that earn them coveted prizes. Burbanks’s Oktoberfest pub crawl kicks off at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, where city trawlers line up in teams of five to seven or can be placed with a team. At each bar, scavenger hunters receive clues by solving riddles, humorous tasks, or deciphering temporary tattoos on the hindquarters of stray cats that lead to the next bar on the crawl. Once tasks are documented in digital photographs, teams race to the next of three saloons for up to 45 minutes of mingling and drink specials, with the first team with completed clues at each bar receiving a free pitcher of Oktoberfest beer and the applause that's so lacking in the everyday. With a pair of shorter stops at two additional bars during the event's four hours, each of the five pubs offer specials on seasonal brews and spirits, provoking participant comparisons of the hunt's high jinx that may prove as twisted and humorous as a Rumpelstiltskin standup act.
With trained guides on hand to facilitate the challenges and shed light on particularly indiscernible invisible ink, modern-day Lewis and Clarks traipse through Burbank until reemerging at the final locale for a wrap party. Drink specials and code-cracking anecdotes proliferate at the finale as the winning team accepts prizes in Oktoberfest's favorite currency: two rounds of beer for each winning team participant.
cityHunt’s urban adventures thrust participants into unfamiliar territory, daring them to explore parts of their cities previously untraversed. Held in various neighborhoods within the nation’s largest cities, each scavenger hunt challenges teams to answer trivia questions and seek out items of interest in a bid to complete the hunt as the fastest squad with the most points. Some tasks might require a keen memory or knowledge of the city's history, while others might ask camera-wielding participants to snap a photo of certain object or landmark without pausing to day dream about all the civil and municipal engineering that must have gone into creating such an awe-inspiring place. At the end of each adventure, cityHunt staff members meet with squads to discuss their strong points and areas that could use improvement, making it an off-the-beaten-path team-building exercise for corporate clients and groups of friends alike.