Mystery & Scavenger Hunts with Chauffeured Limousines or on Foot!
Sleuthing Eyes!

HIGH ENERGY HUNT

So what is this event?

Mystery & Scavenger Hunt events are often done as a team-building competition for corporate and other groups. The Hunt takes place in downtown Seattle and is a self-guided discovery tour experience in multiple landmark Search Areas including Pike Place Market, the waterfront and Pioneer Square. Most groups do the Hunt on foot but teams in chauffeured limos is an option.

See and
be Seen
Careen about the Emerald City with your fellow sleuths, the Sherlock Holmses, in a sleek, glamorous chauffeured limousine. Have a blast in a friendly but frenzied chase with competing team limousines. Search for Seattle's quirks, secrets and trivia. It is a quest for the famous and infamous, the historic and hysteric.
Team FBI!
Sneakers
in
Sneakers
The competition is just as hot as when teams of sleuths prowl the sidewalks of the Emerald City on foot. Sneakers in sneakers get carried away without limousines! And guess what? Teams on foot actually get better scores than teams in limos! So what's it going to be: riding in style or sneaking for points?
Out team will go anywhere to get a banana peel!
Sleuths on the
Loose
Your team, the Sherlock Holmses, checks their Search Areas Map and devises a team game plan. Your Team Leader directs your team to the next search area with dispatch. You arrive to case the joint. Now you have to put your detective hat on, be observant and ask questions. Suddenly your cunning sleuthing skills pay off! You have solved a mystery and scavenged an item. It's high five's all around! "On to the next challenge, the grand title of Super Sleuths will surely belong to the Sherlock Holmses at the end of the day. It's elementary, Watson." But wait - for bonus points we have the Search Areas and Seattle Crosswords puzzles to solve and then our team's Best Story contest to prepare for .... and to think that our team's fate may depend on our team choreographing and performing a skit about our crazy Mystery & Scavenger Hunt encounters. Move over Shakespeare - we have tales to tell!
Get excited about this! Mystery & Scavenger Hunts are great team-building morale events, social mixers, and entertainment for large or small groups. They are designed to be very challenging contests. And they are a clever and fun way to "tour" downtown Seattle's most interesting places. Designed and emceed by the ClueMaster, these events may be held any day year-round during daytime or evening hours.
Hey, let's get this guy on our team!
What Groups have done this? From the first event in 1995 there have been 425 Mystery & Scavenger Hunt events. That's over 1,700 teams and about 13,000 players! Local as well as visiting groups have enjoyed the competition (multiple times for many groups). They are corporate groups as well as private special occasion groups.
Corporate
Groups
Accenture, Acision, Adeneo Corp Adetel Group, Adobe, Altstadt, Amazon (4), American Federation of Teachers, Amgen, AMS Services, Andrews Space, ANZUS-Rosetta, Apple Computer, Apptio, aQuantive, AT&T Wireless (4), Avalon Bay Communities, Bank of America (2), BDO Seidman, Benson & McLaughlin P.S., Bensussen Deutsch & Associates (2), BioControl Systems, Blom Consultancy, Boeing, Cascade Tech Sales, Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center, City of Kent, Coffee Talk (2), Coinstar (2), Cole Weber/Red Cell, Cole & Weber United, Commercial Office Interiors, Compaq of France, Concur Technologies, Dermik Labs, Discover U (3), DMX Music, DRIVEpm, Education Dynamics, The Effectiveness Institute, Eli Lilly, Ernst & Young, Esurg, Expedia (2), Expeditors International (3), Eye Bank Association of America, F5 Networks, Fairview University Medical Center, First American Credco, Federal Express, Fluke Networks, FM Global (2), General Electric, Grand Hyatt, Gray Cary LLP, Greythorn, Group Health Permanente, Heartland, HERE, Hills Pet Nutrition, Ideas NW, Insight School of Washington, InterCall, Ivar's, Kelly Hume Design, Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel, LexisNexis, McKinstry, Medtronic, Meetings En Route, Metro Information Services, Microsoft (183), Milliman USA, Modumetal, National Hispanic Corporate Council, Northwest Smile Design, Oki Golf, Option One Mortgage, Owens Corning, Paccar, Perkins Coie LLP, Pfizer, Pharmacia & Upjohn, Philips Medical Systems (8), Pine Lake Covenant Church, Point B Solutions, Premera Blue Cross, Precision Countertops, Presentation Services, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, PSS World Medical & LabZone, Qpass (2), Rally Marketing, Real Networks, Regents Blue Shield, Residence Inn & Courtyard by Marriott, Riddell Williams LLP (2), Savage Companies, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Sears Driving School, Seattle Genetics, Seattle Reproductive Medicine, Seattle Times, Seattle Vision Youth, Sheraton Seattle, Ski's Painting, Smile Power, Sound Community Bank, Spacelabs Healthcare, Starbucks (9), State Farm Insurance (4), Sterling Talent Solutions, Sunshine Management Services, Swedish Medical Center Foundation, Synapse, Target (5), Text100, The Glen Group, The VIP Factor, T-Mobile (10), Tyler Technologies, UNUM, UpSellUSA, US Bank (2), US West/Air Touch Cellular (3), UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics, Wall Data, Washington Mutual, WatchGuard Technologies, Watermark Estate Management Services, LLC, West Monroe Partners (2), White Pages Pro.
Private Groups Batchelorette Parties for [Kerry, Jackie], Birthday Parties for [Eeyore, Frank, Ilona, Jason, Kathryn, Kathy, Liz, Lynn, Mike, Mike, Mina, Pooja, Renee, Seth, Sharon, Susan, Tim, Toni, Victoria, Lauren], Clubs [Events and Adventures, Fairwood Golf & Country Club, Jr. Achievement, Mike's Adventure Club, MIT Club of Puget Sound, Seidler Fun Club, Tere's Family Fun, Nancy's Young At Hearts], Schools [Heppner HS, Upper Columbia Academy, University of Washington School of Business (2)], Fred Hutch Auction, Gena's Silver Anniversary, Jamie's Graduation Party, Kerry's Bachelorette Party, Going Away Party for Staff Sergeant Bryan -- US Army, Special Forces, Afghanistan.  
Who can play? These contests are designed so that Seattle buffs have little, if any, advantage over Seattle newbies. They test not one's knowledge of Seattle but a team's ability to work together and formulate a winning strategy (as in "teamwork"). This event is geared for adults whereas Scrambles are best suited for school-age children.
We're going to win this thing!
What gear do we need? All players should come to this event with a pencil or pen, a smart phone or tablet (a player without one of these should buddy up with a teammate that does) and comfortable walking/running shoes. Oh yes, and bring a winning attitude!! 
Where do we go? Each team is given a Search Areas Map of downtown Seattle with 16 landmark search areas: Bell Street Pier, Pike Place Market, Shopping, Westlake Park, The Arch, Washington State Convention Center, Rainier Square, Home of Seattle Symphony, Seattle Art Museum, Great Wheel, Coleman Dock, Great Fire, Seattle Central Library, Pioneer Square, Klondike Gold Rush and International District. It should be noted that even the most energetic teams rarely get to more than half of the Search Areas during the 2 hour Hunt. This is deliberate in the contest design. It is left as a matter of team strategy as to which ones they will go to. 
Article Read what a reporter from Downtown Source said about this event in his article "See the City on a Scavenger Hunt."
Planning Your Event Your event may start whenever. Here are some popular timelines:
  
10:00 10:30 1:00 Instructions
20-30 minutes
10:30 11:00 1:30 2-Hour Hunt Begins
Solve Mysteries | Scavenge Items*
Skyline Puzzle | Rub 'n Run
Lock Race* | Mirror Image Challenge*
 Find the ClueMaster*
12:30 1:00 3:30 Hunt Ends
Lunch / Refreshments / Dinner
Score Scavenger Sacks
Search Areas & Crosswords Puzzles
Best Story Contest
Awards Ceremony
2:00 2:30 5:00 End of event**

* On smart phone or tablet. Otherwise on paper forms.  
** Some events run longer than 4 hours when the number of teams is large. 

Team and Group Sizes 7/8-player teams are typical but may be smaller or larger depending on the size of the group. Teams should be formed by the host organization before the event. Group sizes typically range from about 15 to 90. Some groups are smaller or much bigger - the record sizes are 9 and 300+.
Awards The ClueMaster awards the following whimsical certificates (8" X 11") at the end of the event for the following categories:
  • "B S Certification" - Best Story contest team winners.
     
  • "Team Leadership Affidavit" - Presented to the courageous Team Leader of each team and signed by all teammates.
     
  • "Seattle's Best Sleuthers" - All players on all teams, given in the spirit of "you are all winners."
     
  • "Seattle's Right Stuffers!" - Winning team, given with much fan fare.
     
  • "We're #1" - Presented to the winning Team Leader. 

Host Organizations have the option to award prizes. Prizes often range from items of value (gift certificates are popular) to novelty store gag items.

Event
Meeting
Facilities
The event may start and end in the same or different places such as a restaurant/pub, company facility, hotel or private residence.

The event meeting facility should have a private room or area and tables large enough to seat at least 8 people. The ideal team size is 7/8 players. 

Some small groups may meet before and/or after the Hunt in improvised public areas of the Washington State Convention Center or in a nearby public park. Parking is available across the street in the 7th & Pike Garage. Enter from either 7th or 8th Ave between Pike and Pine streets.

If you have no preferred event meeting facility, See Seattle can recommend downtown event meeting facilities.  
Map to Convention Center Convention Center
How
Much?
The fee for See Seattle to emcee this event and provide contest materials is $20.00 pp, $400.00 min +10.1% tax.

The host organization would be directly responsible for all expenses and arrangements relating to event meeting facilities, food & beverage, prizes, limousines etc.

Payment: 30 day invoice or check at the end of the event - sorry, no credit cards.  
Short on time and/or budget? See Seattle will work with you to come up with an event that fits your group's available time and budget. Here are some common strategies:
  1. Some groups use their own meeting facility before and/or after the Hunt saving on possible meeting room charges.

  2. Often the event meeting facility will not charge for the use of a meeting room with no food & beverage service before the Hunt knowing that the group will be returning for food & beverage after the Hunt. It pays to ask.

  3. Some small groups meet before or before and after the Hunt in improvised public areas of the Washington State Convention Center or in a nearby public park. 
     
  4. Sometimes groups receive Instructions via email and teams are given their contest forms at the Hunt starting place. 
     
  5. Some groups skip the after Hunt activities saving time and meeting room charges. In this case scoring results would not be immediately available after the Hunt but typically later in the day.

Please let See Seattle know your situation so we can devise a strategy that works for your group.

How to Make a Private Group Reservation or Request Additional Information

Call (425) 226-7641 or email Terry@see-seattle.com and leave the six items of information listed below. Typically you will receive a same day or early next day reply.

  1. Your Name and Company/Organization Name:

  2. Your Email Address and/or Phone Contact:

  3. Event Date & Start Time:

  4. Meeting Place(s) if known at this time:

  5. Approximate Group Size:

  6. Comments and Questions:


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