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 $25, you get an urban scavenger hunt from cityHunt (a $50 value). Choose from the following options, and note that no latecomers will be admitted after the hunt's official start time:
- Venice Beach Adventure on Saturday, September 3, at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 2 p.m.
- Downtown LA Adventure on Sunday, September 4, at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m.
- Westwood Village Adventure on Saturday, October 15, at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m.
- Sherman Oaks/Valley Adventure on Saturday, October 22, at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m.
- Pasadena Halloween Hunt Adventure on Saturday, October 29, at 2 p.m. Registration begins at 1 p.m.
- Hollywood Halloween Hunt Adventure on Sunday, October 30, at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 2 p.m.
CityHunt's LA-area scavenger hunts bring people together to cull their urban environment for puzzle-deciphering clues and a multitude of picture-perfect photo ops. The 2- to 2.5-hour journey begins at a chosen meeting place⎯usually a bar⎯where the scavenger specialists place city trawlers on teams of four or five led by a team captain (participants can come alone or with a team). Hunters then embark on a neighborhood exploration seeking clues in the form of voice-mail messages, cryptex cases, CD-ROMs, or temporary tattoos located on the hindquarters of stray cats. Throughout the expedition, mystery masters also encounter digital-camera tasks and challenges from cityHunt staff. Hunters are provided with digital cameras, and at least two trained guides are on hand to facilitate guided challenges.
All cityHunt participants enjoy an after-party, complete with drink specials and plenty of time to compare clue-solving methodologies. The winning teams receive prizes worth more than $100. The puzzle gurus at cityHunt recommend wearing comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing; the Halloween-themed hunts dole out bonus points for scavengers sporting the finest solo and team costumes, such as an entire crew of pirates complete with scurvy and authentic sword-fighting parrots. Visit the website for more specific information on each neighborhood's outing.
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.