Scavenger Hunts at Pike Place Market

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  • adults
  • kids
  • indoor

The Market Mania Scavenger Hunt at Pike Place Market

Amazing adventures and eats for everyone!

If you’ve been to Pike Place Market, we don’t need to tell you that it’s a great setting for a scavenger hunt. This venue has a dizzying array of offerings: Olympia oysters, flying fish, hot doughnuts, beaming sunflowers, Rainier cherries, Walla Walla onions, exotic cheeses, live musicians, dramatic views, and eclectic, eccentric stores. But even if you think you know the market, you’ll be surprised at all the places and sights you’ve never noticed when your team follows a trail of clues in search of answers to tricky, humorous questions.

Highlights of the hunt include a magic shop, a duck butt with a message, celebrity autographs, a Sleepless in Seattle location, curds (but not whey), Rachel the Pig’s less fortunate cousin, and actual frankincense and myrrh.

You might tackle such questions as…

  • Find three stages of life. The wise guy who sees this apparently wasn’t good at predicting his own future happiness. How many times did he presumably experience the middle of those three stages? Answer: “Alexander, the Man Who Knows” married nine times, according to a sign below a giant poster that shows scenes of infancy, marriage, and death.
  • In a store filled with odd antiques, what is the gypsy’s first prediction for you, and nearby, how old is the ugly creature that might stalk Little Red Diving Hood? Answer: Your lucky color, dispensed by a gypsy fortune-teller—and the wolf fish is 70 years old.

Keep in mind that we haven’t included directions or additional clues in these questions that help guide you to the right spot to uncover the answers. To triumph on this hunt, you just need to keep your eyes open, use your wits, and work with your team.

Find out why several groups from Microsoft have raved about this hunt. A Kids Edition is also available for ages 7 and up, in which adults and children work together to explore the market and answer the fun, funny questions.

If you think you might work up an appetite on this Seattle scavenger hunt, consider the Munch Around the Market Edition: your team’s challenges include choosing snacks to snag and tidbits to bite along the way.

What delighted clients are saying

“Amazing! Our group had so much fun searching for clues and ‘competing’ against each other. What a well-planned and thought-out scavenger hunt! Highly recommend for a fun group activity!” –Jennifer Gloeckner, Assistant Asset Manager, Healthcare Realty

“Our team had the best time. We had dinner afterward and everyone regaled me with their adventures on the hunt. Thank you.” —the leader of a group from a consulting firm

Contact us to learn more—and fine more fun at Pike Place Market!

Watson Adventures is permitted and licensed by the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) to operate tours in the Pike Place Market Historical District. The PDA requires any business or person conducting paid tours within its properties and in the public areas of the historical district to be pre-approved and to have a license for this activity.


  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

The Murder at the Market Scavenger Hunt

A Seattle scavenger hunt with a dash of mystery

Eegads! The host for your scavenger hunt has been found dead in Pike Place Market, and we need your help to catch the killer. Before the host died, he drew a star on the ground with his blood. Piece together the puzzle he left behind to find out what happened—and to prevent a potentially disastrous international incident.

During your investigation, you’ll also uncover the secrets of Pike Place Market, where surprising details can help you solve the mystery. You’ll need to make sense of cryptic clues, crack a code, and send a text message to the victim. The world as we know it may depend on your team’s ability to work together.

Watson Adventures is permitted and licensed by the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) to operate tours in the Pike Place Market Historical District. The PDA requires any business or person conducting paid tours within its properties and in the public areas of the historical district to be pre-approved and to have a license for this activity.


  • private
  • adults
  • indoor

The Munch Around the Market Scavenger Hunt

Eat your way through Seattle on a scavenger hunt…

…as you tackle tricky questions and sample some of the best snacks in and around Pike Place Market. Foodies will feast on artisanal chocolates, delightful donuts, Southern biscuits, delicious dumplings, pillowy piroshkies, buttery popcorn, world-famous cheese, and more.

You’ll also discover other delightful surprises in the market. The hunt’s historic highlights are similar to what you’ll find in the Market Mania Scavenger Hunt—from merry old magicians and oddball museums to flying fish and a ladylike pig.

For the Munch Challenges, you’ll take photos of your team enjoying or presenting snacks available from a variety of vendors and stores.


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