Indiana Jones will have nothing on you as you use clues and puzzles to find objects, answer questions and move on to the next location. Scavenger hunts give you the opportunity to find free art, win prizes or just show that you are a true Atlanta city expert. Plan an adventurous date, an outing with your family, or just a great day of fun with friends- whatever your circumstance, scavenger hunts are a unique opportunity to explore new areas of Atlanta. Try some of these great ideas the next time you hear, “What should we do today?”
FREE scavenger hunts
Started in 2010, Free Art Friday is still going strong any day of the week. Helping to encourage people to get out and walk local neighborhoods, Free Art Friday pieces can be found by searching #FAFAtl on Twitter and Instagram. Local artists will post clues or pictures to small treasures they have generously gifted and hidden. If you find one, be sure to post a picture on social media and tag #FAFAtl to let others know it has a new home.
Download the official Geocaching app and start searching. Use the map to find locations near you, or choose to use public bookmarks of grouped caches. A quick search turns up Atlanta lists related to such things as landmarks and famous Atlantans. GeoTours can be found on the site, including Georgia State Parks GeoTour and Georgia History Trail GeoTour.
Be sure to have a pencil to sign logbooks, and small trinkets should you choose to take a treasure from boxes. The geocache creed is to leave something of equal or greater value than what you take.
Specialty books and apps
Clue Town Books has designed specialty scavenger hunts for Piedmont Park, Oakland Cemetery, Downtown Decatur and the BeltLine Eastside Trail. Purchases come complete with a compass and pencil. Solve puzzles to find your next destination on these walkable hunts.
If you want a more unique way to show visitors the big attractions in town, consider a mobile download scavenger hunt from Urban Adventure Quest. Solve puzzles and take in some of the lesser noticed items and facts surrounding CNN Center, Centennial Park and more. Designed to last about 3 hours, your quest will cover approximately 2.5 miles, including a ride on MARTA.
Organized scavenger events in2015:
If you crave competition, here are some events in the Atlanta area where you can stretch your knowledge and compete for bragging rights and prizes:
- For a good cause at the Great City Race in Decatur on February 28. Details at events.accessatlanta.com/decaturgreatcityrace
- Just for kids at National Library Week Scavenger Hunt during week of April 13. Details at events.accessatlanta.com/NationalLibraryWeek
- Win $300 at City Solve Urban Race and Team Building on May 16. Details at events.accessatlanta.com/CitySolveUrbanRace
- Learn about the Etowah Indian Mounds at Day of Discovery and Scavenger Hunt Challenge on June 13. Details at events.accessatlanta.com/DayofDiscoveryChallenge
- Qualify for $5000 National Race at the Atlanta Challenge 2015: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Hunt on October 4. Details at events.accessatlanta.com/AtlantaChallenge2015
For more events and things to do around Atlanta, visit events.accessatlanta.com