Scavenger Hunts in Austin

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The TV show “Amazing Race” has been a longstanding favorite show to watch for our entire family. Every week we love to see the exotic destinations the teams go to, and the challenges they face. We all end up choosing our favorite teams to cheer on, in hopes of seeing them run across the finish line after the weeks of adventure and endurance to see who wins the final prize.

We have thought about signing up at some point to be a team on the TV show, but realize it is far-fetched. An idea that rings closer to home and is actually doable is a scavenger hunt in Austin. It’s definitely on the docket as one of our family’s summer adventures that we take on this year, right here in our hometown! Here are a few that are on our list.

Watson Adventures offers a wide variety of scavenger hunts. Most involve looking for answers to tricky and humorous questions about the intriguing places and objects in Austin. The hunts they create are good for team building. Wouldn’t it be nice to consider your family a “team” that will encourage everyone to work together on something? It might even carry into your daily life and make for a peaceful family summer break.

Urban Adventure Quest turns Austin into a giant game board with their scavenger hunt adventure. It combines the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. A cool thing about this particular adventure is that you use your smart phone as your guide. It is very Austin-centric, with the Capitol, 6th Street, food carts and monuments noted along the journey. It allows you to start when you want and play at your own pace. I found a promotion code that you can use on the above mentioned website and save 20%: AUSTINCVB

Similar to scavenger hunts is geocaching. Central Texas Geocachers is full of ideas to fill your idle time by focusing on geocaching within the Central Texas area and beyond. If you aren’t familiar with geocaching, it is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers or mobile devices and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers called “geocaches”. A typical cache is a small waterproof container which contains a logbook (with a pen or pencil). The geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. After signing the log the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it.

There are quite a few resources in Austin to figure out how you want to do your hunt. I personally want to go on a Street Art Scavenger Hunt, where I noticed the beginnings of one on the website Localeur. The site mentioned several notable murals that allow you to tour the city on a cultural scavenger hunt. Or, you could go try to find where any of the remaining guitars that artist created are still standing around town or go on a food truck scavenger hunt and try foods that you may not have eaten before.

This summer, try being a tourist in the amazing city of Austin we get to call home. Make your summer stay-cation one full of adventures while you create great memories. Get out there and EXPLORE!