Follow the Clues — Scavenger Hunts in Connecticut Last Updated 7/19
You can find special event scavenger hunts year round in Connecticut—some are tied to events and celebrations, others are just a unique way to discover a museum or attraction. They’re also perfect for school groups and a great team-building idea for businesses and organizations. Best of all, it’s a fun way to experience some of Connecticut’s best hidden treasures.
Town- and City-based Hunts
If you’re looking for something customized, there are also a few companies that can set you up on a hunt that’s based around a specific town, theme or even a special birthday or anniversary. At websites like scavengerhunt.com, Let’s Roam, and cityhunt.com, you’ll also find customized hunts based around specific Connecticut cities and towns, like Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven and more. Here are a few that currently offer public and private challenges in Connecticut:
The Sky’s the Limit in Connecticut’s Parks & Forests
In 2019, you can explore 14 of Connecticut’s state parks and forest with the “Sky’s The Limit Hiking Challenge.” Participants in this friendly competition will once again have the opportunity to receive a hiking staff medallion or Sky's the Limit lapel pin for visiting ten designated locations and taking on-site photos of themselves. On January 1, 2020, names will be drawn from those who visited all fourteen locations and fifty winners will receive a hand-carved hiking staff. All entries are due Friday, December 6, 2019. Get all the details, here.
Destinations with Organized Hunts
Here are some Connecticut attractions that offer visitors a scavenger hunt experience. You can follow the clues to discover history, nature, science, wildlife and more.
Old Saybrook’s Fairy Doors Scavenger Hunt
This annual event is a favorite of visitors and locals. Look for fairy doors throughout Old Saybrook’s downtown!
Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford
Follow the clues in this specially designed scavenger hunt to make learning about Connecticut history fun.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
Find different themed scavenger hunts year round and get to know a new side of the zoo (pictured above).
Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic
Try Navigation Quest, a scavenger-hunt type adventure that lets you use the tools of a sailor to navigate your way around the museum.
Mystic Aquarium, Mystic
Find scavenger-hunt style activities for school groups and even on Family Overnight experiences
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford
Enjoy a self-guided scavenger hunt through the trails, farm and galleries.
White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield
After you explore the nature preserve, get a closer look at the natural treasures with a scavenger hunt.
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington
Young visitors can follow a checklist to find the treasures of the museum and win a prize.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven
Among the dinos and dioramas, you’ll discover nature themed scavenger hunts for young visitors that make great school visits, too.
Similar to scavenger hunts but in a smaller space, escape rooms are a great way to collect the clues to unravel a mystery. In fact, Connecticut offers so many escape rooms, choosing one may be the toughest task.
And be sure to search our Events page for upcoming Scavenger Hunts around the state.