Scavenger Hunts are a novel way to explore a museum or an entire area. Watson Adventures, for example, offers The Central Park TV & Movie Locations Scavenger Hunt, The Ghosts of Greenwich Village Scavenger Hunt, and lots more. Guests are organized into small teams and get a clipboard and clues; winners get a prize. When a scavenger hunt takes place in a museum, guests will need to register for the hunt also to also pay a fee that includes museum entrance.
Watson Adventures offers general-style hunts in which teens can participate, and also has special family hunts such as "The Art Attack Family Scavenger Hunt" in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or "The Fright at the Museum Family Scavenger Hunt" in the Museum of Natural History. Tasks might include finding personal items that belonged to Teddy Roosevelt, a scary Easter island statue, monster whale... Sample prices: kids age 7 and up $24.50, adults $30.*
Avid scavenger-hunters should know about other options too. For instance, the Metropolitan Museum of Art usually has free handouts for kids with clues that send them searching through the museum. Tailored Tours, meanwhile, sells self-guided tours online and has several Scavenger Hunts that you can download for a small fee. (A Times Square Scavenger Hunt might send you sleuthing: what restaurant serves giant shish kebob footballs?)
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