|In a Nutshell
||On foot or Limos; 2 hour hunt downtown/4
hour event; any day/start time; $20pp/$400 min + tax; meeting place(s),
food & beverage, limos not included.
|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.
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?
|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
But wait - for bonus points we have the Seattle Places 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 sneaky
and very 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.
|What Groups have done this?
||From the first event on Halloween 1995 to the end of 2014 there have
been 414 Mystery & Scavenger Hunt events. That's
over 1,600 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.
Adeneo Corp Adetel Group, Adobe, Air Touch Cellular, Amazon, American Federation of Teachers, Amgen, AMS Services, Andrews Space, ANZUS-Rosetta, Apple Computer,
Apptio, aQuantive, AT&T Wireless,
Avalon Bay Communities, Bank of
America, BDO Seidman, Benson & McLaughlin P.S., Bensussen Deutsch & Associates,
BioControl Systems, Blom Consultancy, Boeing, Cascade Tech Sales, Children's Hospital & Regional Medical
Center, City of Kent, Coffee Talk, Coinstar, Cole Weber/Red Cell,
Cole & Weber United, Commercial Office Interiors, Compaq
of France, Concur Technologies, Dermik Labs, Discover U, DMX Music,
DRIVEpm, Education Dynamics, The Effectiveness Institute, Eli Lilly, Ernst & Young, Esurg, Events and Adventures,
Expedia, Expeditors International, Eye Bank Association of America, F5 Networks, Fairview University
Medical Center, Fairwood Golf & Country Club, First American Credco,
Federal Express, Fluke Networks, FM Global, General Electric, Grand Hyatt, Gray Cary LLP, Greythorn,
Group Health Permanente,
Heartland, 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,
Jr. Achievement, Microsoft, Milliman USA, MIT Club of Puget Sound,
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, Pine Lake Covenant Church, Point B
Solutions, Premera Blue Cross, Precision Countertops, Presentation Services, Preston Gates & Ellis LLP,
PSS World Medical & LabZone, Qpass,
Rally Marketing, Real Networks, Regents Blue Shield,
Residence Inn & Courtyard by Marriott, Riddell Williams LLP, Savage
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,
State Farm Insurance, Sunshine Management Services, Swedish Medical
Center Foundation, Synapse, Target, Text100, The Glen Group, The
VIP Factor, T-Mobile, UNUM, UpSellUSA,
US Bank, US West, UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics, Wall Data, Washington Mutual, WatchGuard
Technologies, Watermark Estate Management Services, LLC, West Monroe Partners,
White Pages Pro.
Parties for [Kerry, Jackie], Birthday Parties for [Frank,
Ilona, Jason, Kathryn, Kathy, Liz, Lynn, Mike, Mike, Pooja, Seth,
Sharon, Susan, Tim, Victoria, Lauren], Clubs [Mike's Adventure Club,
Diana's Fun Club, Tere's Family Fun, Nancy's Young At Hearts],
Schools [Heppner HS, Upper Columbia Academy, University of
Washington School of Business], Gena's Silver Anniversary, Going Away
Party for Staff Sergeant Bryan -- US Army, Special Forces, Afghanistan.
||These contests are designed so that Seattle buffs
have little, if any, advantage over Seattle newbies. They test not one's
prior knowledge of Seattle but a team's
ability to discover new things about the city and formulate a winning strategy (as in "teamwork").
Players ages range from 20-something to seniors.
do we go?
||Each team is given a
Search Areas Map of downtown Seattle outlined
with 16 landmark search areas: Westlake Park,
Waterfront Park, Bell Street Pier, Shopping,
Financial Center, Klondike Gold Rush, Rainier Square,
Waterfront, The Arch, Seattle Art Museum, Freeway Park & Convention Center,
Seattle Central Library, Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market 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. Some Search
Areas have more points than others and some, of course, are closer
than others. It is left as a matter of team strategy as to which ones
they will go to.
ways for teams to get points to win the contest. During the Hunt they
can: solve mysteries, scavenge items, unravel the Seattle Skyline puzzle @
BELL, do the Rub 'n Run,
try to win the Lock Race, meet the Mirror Image Challenge and Find the ClueMaster to say the
SuperSentence. After the Hunt they can attempt to
figure out the Seattle Places and Seattle Crosswords puzzles and win the Best Story contest.
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:
Lunch / Refreshments / Dinner
Score scavenger sacks
Seattle Places puzzle
Seattle Crosswords puzzle
Prepare for Best Story contest
Best Story Contest
End of event
This event typically takes about 4
hours. The number of teams rather than the number of people in the group
normally determines how long your event would take. Accordingly, the
larger the group the larger the team sizes to keep the event from
running too long.
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 much
bigger - the record size is 300+!
Each team is provided one set of contest materials to use during
the Hunt. After the Hunt they are given some additional contest
Search Areas Map
Mysteries To Solve
Seattle Skyline Puzzle @ BELL
Mirror Image Challenge
Find the ClueMaster and Say the
The ClueMaster awards the following whimsical certificates
(8½" X 11") at the end of the event for all of the
- "B S Certification"
- Best Story contest team winners.
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
According to Plan!" - Last place team, given in the spirit of "being good sports."
- "Seattle's Right Stuffers!" -
team, given with much fan fare.
#1" - Presented to the winning Team Leader.
Organizations have the option to award prizes for any of the categories listed
in "Awards" above. Prizes
often range from items of value (gift certificates are popular) to
novelty store gag items.
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 must have a
private room or area and
tables large enough
to accommodate your team sizes.
Small groups may meet
for instructions before the hunt in improvised public areas of the
Convention Center or a nearby 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.
@ Pike St. & 7th Ave.
|The fee for See Seattle to emcee this event with limos or on
foot and provide contest materials is $20.00 per person, $400.00 minimum plus Washington
State sales tax of 9.5% The host organization would be directly responsible for all
expenses and arrangements relating to limousines, transportation, event meeting facilities, food and
beverages, prizes, team shirts, costumes, etc.
invoice or check
at the end of the event - sorry, no credit cards.
||Chauffeured limousine service
(if you choose this option) would be needed only for
the 2 hour Hunt part of the Mystery & Scavenger Hunt event.
The use of private vehicles
during the hunt or drivers who are not licensed
chauffeurs is not permitted for reasons of safety and liability.
Upon request, See Seattle
will recommend limousine
|How to Make a
Private Group Reservation or Request Additional Information
An easy way to make a private group reservation or
request additional information is by completing our online
You may also make a private group
reservation or request additional information by email -
Group@see-seattle.com or telephone/fax
- (425) 226-7641.