Scavenger Hunts in Brooklyn, New York

Scavenger Hunts in Brooklyn

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The Skyline at Sunset Scavenger Hunt in Brooklyn Heights

Discover New York City’s most charming neighborhood…

…with the most spectacular views of the New York City skyline anywhere. As your team explores the 19th-century streets on this hunt, you’ll discover movie locations, famous writers’ homes, a baseball landmark, Underground Railroad stops, and a Revolutionary battleground, to name a few of the highlights. Starring: Truman Capote, Cher, Thomas Wolfe, Henry Miller, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Norman Mailer, Jack Nicholson, Jackie Robinson, George Washington, Walt Whitman, and some very unusual gargoyles.

The game climaxes on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, with a breathtaking 180-degree view of the Manhattan skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the harbor. Even Lady Liberty makes a cameo.

Private hunts: When is a sunset not at sunset?

When you say the word. While sunset is, indeed, a great time to do this hunt, you can book it for any other time as well. 

  • public
  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

The Brooklyn Museum Blitz Scavenger Hunt

Meet New York’s most underrated museum

Explore five—count ’em, five—floors of fun, with outstanding collections of art from Egypt, Africa, and the Hudson River School, plus rooms and entire houses that let you step into 19th-century America. You’ll encounter an African Elephant Man, Rodin masterpieces, an image of Niagara Falls so realistic you might feel the spray, Rockefeller’s Moroccan parlor, a cat mummy, the Rocky Mountains, a Zambian cross-dresser, and Noah’s Ark, to name just a few of the surprising sights.

You don’t need to know anything about art or the museum to excel at this team-building game—you just need eagle eyes and comfy kicks.

Getting there is a snap: by car or cab, it’s a straight shot from the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and there’s a parking lot behind the museum. By subway, the 2 and 3 trains stop in front of the museum’s doors.

How good is this hunt?

The Brooklyn Museum itself has hired Watson Adventures to stage hunts for its members four times, including for two of its annual black-tie galas.

  • public
  • private
  • adults
  • outdoor

The Dumbo Dash Scavenger Hunt

Wander Brooklyn’s waterfront streets and parks…

…on a scavenger hunt that reveals the best of the neighborhood Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass—DUMBO, for short. On this team-building scavenger hunt, you’ll search for answers to tricky, humorous questions as you explore the brand-new Brooklyn Bridge Park, under and around the famous bridge and along the shore of the East River. Spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline serve as the backdrop to green lawns and winding paths studded with crazy sculptures and a sparkling carousel. To the east, you’ll chart a course around the dramatic 19th-century buildings from the days when this area was a bustling industrial waterfront.

Your team might search for…

  • A spectacularly restored classic carousel
  • Historic warehouses and old factories set to creative new uses
  • Fun new boutiques and outdoor cafés
  • Railroad tracks embedded in cobblestone streets
  • Fading ads for old companies painted onto brick facades
  • Wild street art in unexpected places
  • A history of the waterfront set in bronze beneath your feet
  • A surprising tribute to Walt Whitman, who worked at a location on the hunt
  • An amazing view you’ll recognize from countless movies
  • Signs marking the spot of George Washington’s harrowing escape from British forces
  • A great place to stop for ice cream…and much more!

No knowledge of the area or its history is necessary to excel on this hunt. You just need to keep your eyes open, use your wits, and work with your team.