Treasure hunts are different from scavenger hunts which normally involve chasing around with a shopping list of things to find. Treasure hunts get you to follow a series of clues giving you the answers you need to get points to win the hunt. Normally you are given a map with the location of clues highlighted but some extreme hunts have clues for the locations too.
Treasure hunts can be made nice and easier for toddlers or fiendishly complicated for adults. There is also a nice mix where there are two sets of clues one for adults and one for kids.
The treasure hunt clues can be constructed in two parts with the first part narrowing down the location of the answer for the second part of the clue.
One of the best ways to get started with treasure hunting is to take part in purchased treasure hunt. There are a number of companies that sell treasure hunts set in different tourist locations. So you can explore a city and find out more about the history and have a challenge at the same time. This makes a great way to keep the kids entertained while your tour a city.
The best treasure hunts are run with teams, which increases the fun and enjoyment to be had. While your first experience is probably of a walking treasure hunt you can also take part in a car treasure hunt or increasingly websites are offering Internet hunts where you cross the web looking answers and the next clue.
Another great way treasure hunts are used is as an educational tool, where the questions are centred around a school topic to reinforce the school teaching. Searching the Internet there are several examples that are available for download at no charge.
Once you have experienced a treasure hunt why not run one in your neighborhood. It is great way to bring the community together. The biggest trick is to make the treasure hunt clues neither too easy or too hard. Just make sure to include some sort of tie-breaker in case you have two teams with the same number of points.