The best scavenger hunt ideas for adults (2024)

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You literally can't beat a bit of organised fun. Whether it's a Love Island-themed quiz, a game of beer pong, or a boozy co*cktail-making class, sometimes, injecting a little structure into our Friday nights can elevate it from a 5 to a 10.

But if you've been there done that with every drinking game under the sun, or your pals aren't the quizzing types, it can be tricky to find an activity that is not only unique but also guaranteed to please every member of the crowd.

Which is where scavenger hunts for adults come in. A little different to the Easter egg trails you did as a kid, the 18+ versions are tailor-made for those who may have a millennial D.O.B. but are not quite ready to ditch their inner uni student.

From NSFW hen do editions to alcohol-infused house party offerings, here are some of our fave scavenger hunt ideas that will provide *hours* of fun over and over again...

What is a scavenger hunt?

Traditionally, a scavenger hunt is a game where players compete to see who can gather the most items from a specific list, usually within a certain time limit. It's either played individually or as part of a team, with the scale of the whole operation typically down to the organiser.

The person behind the activity is also the mastermind behind the theme of the hunt, typically coming up with very unusual and particular items/locations to increase the stakes of the game.

Think half escape room, half orienteering.

As well as being tasked with actually finding the supplies on the list, things are often complicated further with added rules that must be followed throughout, too. Examples include not purchasing anything on the list to not conferring with opposing teams. But more often than not, the do's and don'ts are different for every hunt and are decided upon by the SHC (scavenger hunt chief - we just made that term up, btw.)

The winner of a conventional game is usually the first person or team to get all of the items. Or, those who obtained the majority of them within the set time limit.

In terms of prizes, again, it's completely up to the organiser, who can go as wild or as savage as they so wish. There are no rules, really.

How to make a scavenger hunt

As we've said, there's no one-size-fits-all scavenger hunt model. But for the sake of this guide, we'll take you through the most traditional setup so that you've got a general idea of how things work. You can then tweak to your situation.

Organising a scavenger hunt for adults is actually pretty easy, too. It's the coming up with the creative ideas that is usually the hardest part...

Decide when and where you want to have it

Scavenger hunts can be held night or day, indoor or outdoors. From the comfort of your own home to hired-out venues to your local park to the street you live on, the location of the hunt all depends on three things: the size of the group, the type of SH you're doing, and the weather.

Figure out the type of scavenger hunt you're doing

There are a number of already-established approaches with clear formulas that you can either strictly follow or adjust. The only constant is that they all involve ticking items off a list:

  • Hide the items around your location of choice. Then, give the players/team your curated list. The first to find them all wins.
  • Create a list of items that are likely to be found in the location you choose. Then, make each team photograph them as evidence rather than physically obtaining them. These types of hunts are more catered to the outdoors.

Make sure the prize at the end is worth it

Humans are naturally competitive, so if you want people to really get stuck in and take it seriously, make sure that the prizes on offer are worth fighting for. If your hunt has a concept, consider making the prize related to the event.

For example, say you're hosting an Italian-themed dinner party for your mates but the ingredients/wine need to be found before cooking can commence. Why not offer up a dinner-for-two voucher to your local Italian restaurant, or if you're keeping the expenses down, have a couple of bottles of wine up for grabs?

Incentive is *everything*.

Scavenger hunt ideas

Now we've roughly worked through the SH handbook, let's get creative. Here are some of the best scavenger hunt for adults ideas, from quick and easy to as extra as the outfits on Selling Sunset...

The classic treasure hunt

Starting with the classics, because they're a favourite for a reason. This scavenger hunt sees players tasked with solving puzzles or finding hidden objects to progress to the next level of the challenge/find the hidden treasure.

Whether you do it on a small back garden scale or a full-blown city centre mission is your call.

Hen do themed hunt

If you're the maid of honour looking to organise something a little different for your bestie, look no further than a naughty scavenger hunt. You can either add the game to an already planned night out (where you get the hen party to complete a series of genuinely hilarious tasks throughout the night, like making a veil out of toilet paper or ordering drinks in a different accent) or create a whole hen-themed scavenger hunt as the actual hen do.

In this case, the bigger the better. You could hire out a lodge for the weekend and each day organise a different hunt. From hiding different alcohol and mixers for an evening of co*cktail-making to hiding NSFW items of clothing belonging to the hen's significant other, you can really go to town on this one.

Seasonal themed hunt

Whether it's winter, spring, summer or autumn, inject some fun into each season with a holiday-themed SH. If you're getting ready for festival season, have a festival-themed scavenger hunt where players have to locate all of their camping/fezzy essentials, like hip flasks, sun cream, and of course, glitter.

Or if you're heading on a girls' summer trip courtesy of the bride-to-be, get the players to find all of the holiday non-negotiables to get you excited for the getaway.

School reunion themed hunt

This is obviously only doable if you're playing with old school friends. But it can be super fun and gorgeously awkward.

Instead of finding items, hide pictures of people you went to school with along with cryptic clues about who they're looking for. Did you and your BFF date the same person back in the day? Did your bestie have a crush on the captain of the rugby team? Or did a member of your group have their first kiss at someone in your year's 16th birthday house party?

The school reunion SH can get seriously nostalgic and bring back all those cringe memories, and when coupled with a few G&Ts it's a guaranteed giggle sesh.

Prepare to bring back the Dream Matte Mousse foundation days.

Fancy dress scavenger hunt

Because who doesn't love fancy dress? You can go all out with your scavenger hunt and make it into a whole event with this idea. Say you're hosting a 1960s-themed party and everyone is wearing their best hippy attire. Integrate a scavenger hunt into the evening based on the concept of the night, and list items that are related to the theme of your party.

To be honest, all of these different SH ideas are perfect for a hen do individually. So whichever theme floats your boat the most, roll with it and give your bride-to-be a night they'll never forget!

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    The best scavenger hunt ideas for adults (2024)

    FAQs

    What are some good scavenger hunt clues and answers? ›

    FAQ: Scavenger hunt clues
    • If you want to eat, then take a seat! (Dining room chair)
    • One of me per day keeps the doctor away. (Apple)
    • I can't mix batter, but I can bake a cake. (Oven)
    • I come in pairs, I'm easy to lose, I go between your feet and your shoes. (Socks)
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    What are good clues for a treasure hunt for adults? ›

    40 best clues for your ultimate scavenger hunt
    • You cut me on a table, but I'm never eaten. ...
    • A band that doesn't play instruments but has plenty of styles. ( ...
    • Everything ends with me. ...
    • How many glasses of water can one drink on an empty stomach? ( ...
    • I am not a lamp, but I can light up. ...
    • I am not an organ, but I have 13 hearts.
    Oct 12, 2022

    How to create a good scavenger hunt for adults? ›

    How To Plan Your Own Scavenger Hunt
    1. Choose your location(s) and time. ...
    2. Pick a theme. ...
    3. Create your lists and riddles. ...
    4. Hide the clues and/or objects. ...
    5. Write your riddles/clues. ...
    6. First one to solve all the clues and grab the final object/figures out the end result wins!

    What is a bed without sheets and I'm always dirty? ›

    50. Flowerbed. I'm a bed without sheets and always dirty.

    What are good scavenger hunt questions? ›

    Indoor Scavenger Hunt Riddles for Adults
    • I warm your food but don't put your hand inside me because I can give you quite a burn. ...
    • My chime might be loud or soft, it's my job to get you up! ...
    • I could grow up tall or I might be small. ...
    • I start and end in E and have just one letter inside me.
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    What has blades but is not a knife? ›

    Fan. I have blades but I'm not a knife.

    How can I make my scavenger hunt more interesting? ›

    Come up with scavenger hunt clues to help your participants find the items on their list. Feel free to get creative and write riddles, poems, and puzzles that will reveal the locations of the items.

    How to crack treasure hunt clues? ›

    Read and Rhyme for Pleasure When you Play
    1. Build in rhymes to your clues at the end of the line.
    2. Highlight the rhyming words with a highlighter or write the last word in a different color.
    3. If your child is making their own clues, or you are helping them make a treasure hunt, encourage rhyming couplets.

    How to make a simple treasure hunt? ›

    How to Plan a Treasure Hunt for Kids
    1. Choose a location for your treasure hunt for kids. ...
    2. Choose a theme and format for your kid's treasure hunt. ...
    3. Decide where you will hide your treasure, and work backwards. ...
    4. Create your kids' treasure hunt clues. ...
    5. Do a final treasure hunt run-through.

    How do you make an adult scavenger hunt indoors? ›

    Some good indoor scavenger hunt ideas for adults include items arranged by color, size, shape, or physical properties. To make the search more challenging, you can add riddles that lead players to hidden items or objects with specific qualities.

    How many items should be on a scavenger hunt? ›

    Pick 5-15 or so objects you want the players to find throughout the scavenger hunt—ideally things matched to your theme. These can be any household items, like a spoon, action figure, or markers, for example. Or, they can be items already in the area, like a yellow leaf, bronze statue, or black park bench.

    How do you make an interactive scavenger hunt? ›

    This engaging activity makes learning fun and helps students solidify their knowledge.
    1. Step 1: Define Your Objectives. ...
    2. Step 2: Select Your Clue Locations. ...
    3. Step 3: Create Your Google Form.
    4. Step 4: Create QR Codes for Each Location.
    5. Step 5: Organize Your Scavenger Hunt.
    6. Step 6: Run the Scavenger Hunt.
    7. Step 7: Assess Learning.
    Nov 1, 2023

    How to make a scavenger hunt at home? ›

    How to play:
    1. Create a list of things to find, hear or do. ...
    2. Create a time limit (optional).
    3. Give children the list and let them scavenge around and find, smell or do all of the things on their list.
    4. The player or team who ticks everything off on their list first, or ticks off the most items before the time is up, wins.

    How to give clues to find a gift? ›

    Clues should be linked to memorable places or objects throughout the house, eventually leading to the gift's hiding spot. If you have more than one gift, try hiding different presents along the way with clues that eventually lead to the most important one. Route the hunt throughout the home, and vary the hiding spots.

    What are some good outdoor scavenger hunt clues? ›

    Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Clues for Adults
    • I have four legs and no feet. ...
    • Stretch me far and fill up a trough, I can also be used to cool you off. ...
    • In a place like this, a dog can sleep. ...
    • With two wheels I can roll and I can take you where you want to go. ...
    • I can swing open and I can lock up tight.
    Feb 1, 2024

    What are good clues for an outdoor scavenger hunt? ›

    Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Clues for Adults
    • I have four legs and no feet. ...
    • Stretch me far and fill up a trough, I can also be used to cool you off. ...
    • In a place like this, a dog can sleep. ...
    • With two wheels I can roll and I can take you where you want to go. ...
    • I can swing open and I can lock up tight.
    Feb 1, 2024

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