Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

San Francisco

Have questions about Tourist Scavenger Hunts?

We have answers to our Frequently Asked Questions section below!

You can play a scavenger hunt at any time. However, it is recommended to do it during the day, as long as it is not raining as they require you to walk outside.

You can buy a scavenger hunt at any time. However, for timekeeping purposes, we recommend you do not activate it until you are at the start location ready to begin.

No. All locations you will walk to and through are open to the public freely. The only cost you may incur if you did not plan accordingly is bottled water along the way.

The ideal team size is between 2 and 6.  You can split up into teams, each buying your own scavenger hunt, in order to compete for bragging rights of who will have the best time and the most points.

You should bring a water bottle, a hat in case you need it, sunscreen as you’ll be outside for 2 or more hours, and an umbrella in case it rains.

Most importantly, as you use your smartphone throughout this adventure, we recommend it be fully charged before starting.

Bringing a battery charger would not be a bad idea either.

No.

We endeavor to make this adventure as fun and as simple as possible. Of course, there are challenges along the way which will require you to find objects around you, counts things, and even search online for information.

Instructions are very explicit and detailed so as not to mislead you. We want you to enjoy your hunt, so you’ll want to do another in the future 😉

Yes, most definitely. While we designed it as a fun activity for a group of friends, it also works great for families and co-workers.

Most challenges require observation and/or counting things. These are easy for children to participate in.

The only thing to consider is that these scavenger hunts vary from 3 to 5 km / 2 to 3 miles all depending on the chosen location.

Should it rain, or any other unforeseen event occurs which would stop you from completing the scavenger hunt, don’t worry.

First, start by saving your progress. Then, remember where you are at geographically, such as your current intersection. You can return here later in the day, or on any other day, to continue your scavenger hunt.

When you return to the same location where you previously stopped, you will need to log into our site. From the “Your Account” menu select “Scavenger Hunts” to reload your selected hunt. It will pick up where you left it.

The indicated time for each scavenger hunt is the approximate time needed to walk from start to end, with time to solve the various challenges.

Some people either run or do it on a bicycle in under an hour. Others stop to visit most of the sites, or to eat, along the way and take all day. Others yet have split it over 2 days.

There is no time limit to respect.

No. There is no human guide to point you in the right direction. The guide is the instructions you will receive on your smartphone.

There is no fixed timetable. The is no human guide to accompany you, only the instructions on your smartphone.

You can thus start a tourist scavenger hunt whenever you wish. We recommend you do it in daylight when during regular business hours, that is when most sites and museums are open. This is in case you need to ask a question of someone. However, it is not an obligation.

We occasionally run promotions with Shopico Quebec, Shopico Atlantic, Wagjac, and other local partners in the markets where we have a Tourist Scavenger Hunt.

Once you’ve purchased our hunt from them, you need to “buy it” again, but for free, on our site.  Find complete, step-by-step instructions, here:

Almost all of our scavenger hunts are available through TripAdvisor/Viator, and their many travel partners. Note there isn’t any discounted pricing there.

When we notice a sale through their platform, we communicate immediately with you to send you the following instructions:

  • To perform your activity you 1st need to convert your Viator purchase online at TouristScavengerHunt.com. That is you will buy it again, but at 0$, to create an account on our website.
  • 2- As a coupon code, use your Viator Booking Reference # (“BR-xxxxxxxxx”) which will bring the price to $0.
  • 3- You can do your scavenger hunt whenever you wish.

Never hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions or difficulties. You may also contact us through their platform, but the process is lengthened.

Yes, you can buy more than one, however, they must be separate purchases – each associated with a user account that will perform the scavenger hunt.

You can go about this a few ways.

Individual Purchases

A good team size should be between 2 and 6. Select a team leader for each team and each buys the same Tourist Scavenger Hunt.

Group Purchase

Alternatively, you can contact us so we can have you pay once, either by credit card or by invoice. Then we’ll supply you with your own unique coupon code to distribute to your team leaders.

Each team leader will then proceed to “buy” the Tourist Scavenger Hunt using the coupon code to gain access to the same hunt.

Are you organizing a corporate activity or an event for many people? Do you want them to complete a particular scavenger hunt during your event?

Note that the ideal group size in performing a scavenger, so that everyone has fun and feels involved, is between 2 and 6, however, there is no actual limit to group size.

We can offer a 20% discount when you buy 5+ groups at once, for the same hunt (i.e. they would do it simultaneously, or almost).

Use promo code TSHBIZ20%. It is only applicable to 5+ packages bought at once.

For even larger groups, please contact us directly for greater discounts, invoicing, and accompaniment.

We are great for corporate days, team-building, and even as an activity during a multi-day conference.

We’ll set you up with a chart so you can see which team have created their accounts before starting. Then, as they complete the activity, you can see which teams did the best times, and the best scores.

When organizing multiple teams, we recommend the following:

  • Have teams compete on time as well as points. This enables you to better manage the “time” component. They’ll all complete the activity within 2 hours.
  • Set everything up with us a few days before the activity, so everyone has the instructions they need. We’ll ensure we’re available should you need help when your event starts.

Do you have another question? Do not hesitate to contact us and we’ll strive to respond rapidly to your inquiry! Plus we’ll add the information to this Frequently Asked Questions page for everyone’s benefit.

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