Treasure Hunt Location

(This article is a continuation of our Adventure Treasure Hunts 101 -
The FREE Course
series. To start from the beginning, click HERE.)

That is a great question that needs to be answered quickly in your overall planning stages. Is it going to be spread over a city? Contained in your home? Will you have access to a church facility? Maybe just part of it? You need to answer these questions when you are deciding how many guests you are going to have. You need to have specific boundaries that you can communicate to your guests. For instance, if you chose a car rally style hunt, make sure that you keep the boundaries to a specific town, city, or something else similar of your choice. If the participants do not understand what the boundaries are, there will most definitely be a few teams who will end up in Timbuktu. Take my word for it. In regards to homes and facilities, simply explain beforehand which areas are available and which are not. You can do this by marking off certain areas with a colored ribbon or crepe paper, detailing them as inaccessible on their maps, or simply explaining to them during the question and answer period.

Once you have your area, make a map of it for yourself. Make several maps. If spread over a city, drive around and get to know all the nooks and crannies of what is available. Same goes for if in a home or facility. Explore broom closets, doors, back entrances, hallways, stairs, rooftops, gardens, porches, EVERYWHERE.

When exploring your space, note with a big asterisk any (what I call) circulars. If you are planning a car rally, this doesn't apply. If your guests are on foot, read this section several times. A circular is any area, room, or closet that has two means of entry/exit. For example, a kitchen might have an entrance from the living room as well as one from the garage. These are very important for controlling traffic.

When choosing the specific locations for each stop in your hunt, consider your story (if you are using a storyline or theme.) For example, if your treasure hunt is about a lost explorer in Africa, do what you can to involve the outdoors, etc. If your hunt revolves around world espionage, take the teams to the top of a large building or in a back, but safe, alley.

If your guests will be driving in cars, consider locations where there is ample free parking….your guests will very much appreciate it!

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