Best Scavenger Hunts in Atlanta
Learn about our city with a fun hunt through parks or well-known landmarks.
This series of walkable hunts leads your family searching around Atlanta with clues. Hunters use landmarks to solve puzzles and the solutions reveal how to get to the next checkpoint. Choose from Emory University, Piedmont Park and more. Purchase a book on the website or at local retailers.
These miniature doors are handcrafted and painted to go along with their locations, and some even include tiny figurines and pets. Find Tiny Doors of Atlanta at Krog Street Tunnel, Old Fourth Ward Skatepark, King of Pops and more.
The Secret Doors of Decatur can be found at the Decatur Visitor Center, Wylde Center and more. Artists hand painted or decorated these doors and placed many at well-known Decatur landmarks.
Sign up for one of these adventures, which are custom designed for each family or group, and no two are the same. Past examples include the City Scavenger Hunt and the ATL Mad Dash, which includes the use of MARTA stations. Visit the website or call to request a custom hunt.
This website offers another option to hunt around downtown Atlanta starting at Centennial Olympic Park. After purchasing, downloading and creating a profile, follow clues from your phone, complete challenges and earn points.
Surprise your kids with a scavenger hunt that you could do indoors or outdoors for an entertaining way to pass the time with these fun themes.
Head out to the backyard or around the neighborhood to challenge your kids to find outdoorsy items, like flowers, birds, bugs, leaves and more. Atlanta Botanical Garden has a Spring Flower Hunt. See more at Kids Gardening, PBS Kids or Doing Good Together.
Your kids will get their exercise with this scavenger hunt. When your child finds certain objects, attach exercise activities, such as jumping jacks, planks, yoga poses and more. Or do this activity reusing your plastic Easter eggs and putting activity sheets inside the egg.
Set up a scavenger hunt to play in the dark. Have kids find the items using flashlights, or place glow-in-the-dark items around the yard. This activity would be best on a moonless or cloudy night.
Use crayons, markers or colored pencils to create swatches of colors, and your kids must find items that match the color. For younger kids, use the colors of the rainbow, and for older kids, you can use more difficult colors, like red-orange or periwinkle. See more at I Heart Crafty Things.
Create a page with blank boxes and words or phrases that your kid must find the item and sketch their findings in the boxes. See more at Buggy and Buddy.
Write down items that your kids can find around the neighborhood as you go for a walk, such as a fire hydrant, an American flag, a certain color house or door and more. If you don’t want to create one yourself, you can buy a digital printable at CatBoneKids.
Turn a movie night into a scavenger hunt. Make a list of things that the kids must find as they’re watching the movie, like a certain piece or color of clothing, a lamp, a toy or other items relevant to the movie.
Have your kids search for certain items, and take pictures of the finds using cell phones. Or have them perform activities, and record themselves doing the activity, like a cartwheel.
Create a checklist with the ABCs, so your kids must find items around the house that start with each letter of the alphabet.
If your child loves reading or if you are trying to encourage your child to read more, create a book scavenger hunt. Make a list of different books, such as a picture book, a book with a main character your kid’s age and more. For younger kids, create a list of certain words you want your child to find as she reads a book, such as a word with four vowels or a word she has to look up in the dictionary. Print out a Reading Scavenger Hunt from Modern Parents Messy Kids.
Practice geometry with a shape scavenger hunt to have your kids find items made of shapes, like circles, squares and triangles. See more at Buggy and Buddy.
Your young musician can practice their skills using a song to find different instruments played throughout the song. Find a worksheet on Education World.
Have your kids use their five senses – taste, touch, sight, smell and feel – to find and categorize items. Use this activity sheet from Twinkl.
Search around the house to find items that contain a certain amount, such as four bananas, five eggs, twelve picture frames and so on. Games for Young Minds suggests using the numbers 1-20. Or try to find certain numbers on items, rather than an amount.
Create a map and have your kids go on a treasure hunt to find a prize. The Spruce has riddling clues that you can use to find certain items before the treasure.