Scavenger Hunts in Historic Philadelphia

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The Secrets of Old Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt

Ever try time travel?

This hunt takes you back to colonial times and the tumult of 1776. You’ll see and uncover the secrets of such hallowed historic places as Independence Hall, Carpenters’ Hall (where the Continental Congress first met), the site of Ben Franklin’s home, the First Bank of the United States, City Tavern, and Dolley Madison’s digs. The hunt also dips into Society Hill, with its carefully preserved homes of the colonial elite, and Old City, the commercial district turned trendy neighborhood with artists living in cast-iron buildings.

Don’t worry if you can’t tell Ben Franklin from Ben Affleck: the hunt requires no previous knowledge. You just need to use your wits and work well with your team.


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Hamilton: The Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt

Don’t miss your shot at this game starring Alexander Hamilton

Follow in the feisty Founding Father’s footsteps along the streets of Philly’s historic district, from Independence Hall to Society Hill, and discover the places where he worked, played, debated, fought, and (ahem) flirted. Your road map? A trail of clues and tricky, humorous questions about what you find.

You’ll love this game if you’re a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, or the Ron Chernow book that inspired it, or if you’re just curious about the Revolutionary War in colonial Philadelphia.

Along the way, you might see…

  • Independence Hall, where Hamilton first served as a delegate to the Confederation Congress, allied himself with James Madison, and later signed the Constitution…and where Aaron Burr served as a senator
  • City Tavern, where Hamilton rubbed elbows with politicians and gave a controversial speech on behalf of the elite, exclusive Society of the Cincinnati
  • The former First Bank of the United States building, a linchpin in Hamilton’s economic plans for the new nation
  • The home of Founding Father James Madison, Hamilton’s onetime ally—and later determined foe
  • The site of the home of Maria Reynolds, with whom Hamilton had an infamous affair
  • Benjamin Franklin’s print shop, which, under the direction of his grandson, published tirades against Hamilton
  • Carpenters’ Hall, scene of the first Continental Congress
  • The remains of the mansion of Robert Morris, the powerful financier who recommended that Hamilton become the first Secretary of the Treasury
  • The Second Bank of the U.S., now a gallery of portraits of the Founders that includes Charles Wilson Peale’s rendition of Hamilton

And those are just a few of the highlights on this fun, history-packed tour. No knowledge of Alexander Hamilton or Philadelphia history is necessary.

Adult groups can book this hunt anytime. A Kids Edition of this game is available for private groups. It’s perfect for school field trips, birthday parties, and any other events where you want to amuse and entertain young revolutionaries.


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The Secrets of Old Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Recommended by GoCityKids.com

Kids and adults join forces on a fun, funny scavenger hunt in the historic heart of Old Philadelphia. You’ll follow a path of clues in the area around Independence Hall and answer tricky, entertaining questions about what you find. This game is especially well suited for school groups that want to walk—and skip and hop—in the Founding Fathers’ footsteps.

Along the way, you might uncover…

  • The hidden history beneath Ben Franklin’s “ghost house”
  • The Revolutionary War burial ground beneath Washington Square Park
  • The streets of Society Hill, where James Madison and other Founding Fathers walked
  • The Signer’s Garden, on the site where George Washington sat for a portrait
  • Carpenters’ Hall, where the Continental Congress first met
  • A giant who is hidden in a portrait gallery

And, of course, there’s much more! If you’ve got a group of kids itching for a hilarious, time-traveling adventure, this is the hunt for you. No previous knowledge of the neighborhood or its history is required: you just need sharp eyes and good teamwork. Each team must include at least one adult.  


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The Murder in Old Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt

Egads! There’s been a murder near Independence Hall—and the victim was the Watson Adventures staffer who had created a hunt for your group. Before he died, he left a disturbing clue behind: a star drawn on the ground, in his own blood. Figure out what it means, along with the other puzzling clues linked with secrets in the neighborhood, and you just might prevent an international incident with disastrous consequences.

Along the way, you’ll also uncover the secrets of the historic district and Society Hill area, where many a surprising detail turns out to be integral to solving the case. The trail of clues leads from Washington Square to City Tavern, from St. Peter’s Church to Ben Franklin’s privy, from Market Street to Pine Street. You’ll need to make sense of cryptic clues, crack a code, and send a text message to the dead man. No pressure or anything, but the fate of the free world just might hinge on your teamwork.


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The Haunted Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt

BOO!

Sorry to startle you, but you might as well brace yourself now for this eerie adventure. On teams, you’ll answer devilishly tricky questions as you visit ghost-plagued buildings and secret cemeteries while learning the stories of the restless souls you might disturb. Starring: the spirits of 1776 in Independence Hall, Ben Franklin (of course), the Hag of Pine Street, the spectral poltergeist of St. Peter’s, a Quaker that’ll make you quake in Washington Square, the burning bride of City Tavern, and various other apparitions, sudden chills, rustlings, and knockings.


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The Old Philadelphia Mystery Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Can you catch a criminal before it’s too late?

If you love a good mystery, this whirlwind hunt is for you. Explore Philadelphia’s colonial past as you solve clues and chase down a crazed killer—before he strikes again. The madman left clues about what he’ll do next, so you’ll have to crack a secret code in order to stop him. The city of Philadelphia is counting on you!

As you solve this mystery, you’ll get to explore the best of the historic Independence Hall area with your team. Along the way, you’ll learn about the Founding Fathers (plus a few of their wives), visit a head-splitting surgeon’s house, and pick up some colonial slang, among many more fun discoveries.

Whatever the occasion, from birthday parties to school field trips, this is a great game for bringing kids and adults together to learn about historic Philadelphia while making memories you’ll never forget.

Recommended for ages 10 and up. Each team must include at least one adult.


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The Ghosts of Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Kids and adults work together on this special edition of our popular Haunted Philadelphia Scavenger Hunt, with questions tailored for ages 7 and up. Your team will follow a trail of clues to discover creepy places that, according to legend, are haunted! You’ll learn the stories the witnesses have told and people have passed down—and who knows, maybe you’ll meet the ghost of Ben Franklin or the Hag of Pine Street. You’ll be challenged to answer tricky, fun questions about what you find along the way. Starring: the spirits of 1776 in Independence Hall, a Quaker that’ll make you quake in Washington Square, the burning bride of City Tavern, and various other sudden chills, rustlings, and knockings.


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