A few weeks ago, right in the middle of the summer, we went on a scavenger type hunt around our hometown Seattle called Urban Adventure Quest Seattle. We got a coupon code for this adventure compliments of Urban Adventure Quest but took a while to actually do this, and we are so happy we finally did!
I have always been excited about doing adventure quests, and I never really get to do them, so this quest has been long overdue on my bucket list, and I really wanted to experience it with the children. You can probably guess my most favorite show of all time that I have actually only watched two full seasons of – Amazing Race! Overall, I have been looking forward to getting to go on a Seattle Scavenger Hunt, and looking for Seattle Scavenger Hunt ideas before I have found this Urban Adventure Quest to do with my family – so exciting! Before you even start reading our recollections from the hunt, I have to tell you this hunt does not disappoint!
We have gone to New Orleans this past year, and I was wondering whether it would make sense to do an Urban Adventure Quest New Orleans when we were there instead of doing the hometown one, but I am glad we went with this one! If you are wondering why we did not do Urban Adventure Quest New Orleans – I have no answer for you, I think we just didn’t have a lot of time. This is overall my impression, at least based on doing Urban Adventure Quest Seattle – if you are only visiting a city for a few days, on a conference, a short family visit, or in passing, just driving through a place, I honestly don’t think that doing an Urban Adventure Quest would be a good thing for you to do. The reason for that is that in order to really take advantage of the quest, all of the clues, and puzzles, you have to give your attention to the questions, and try to resolve the riddles, instead of just sightseeing, which you can still do on the quest, but the quest does need quite a bit of your focus, so unless you are a quick puzzle solver, and you don’t particularly care about savoring the adventures and sightseeing, you could do this, but for my family, I would choose to only do another adventure quest if I have quite a bit of time to spend at a place, not just a few short days or a week. As we were doing the adventures with children who need many bathroom breaks, water, snacks, sometimes have tantrums because they are tired of walking or just sitting solving puzzles, the adventure actually took us the whole day vs 3-4 hours that were assigned for riddles and the quest, and this was for our hometown where we at least knew where to go for the most part. So, if you are going to a sunny spot with children for just a week, don’t bother with doing this scavenger hunt as it will possibly eat out a day out of your busy schedule and will take you away from your beach time. On the contrary, if you are visiting a place for a few weeks, the whole summer, have children who are bored out of their mind, definitely do an Urban Adventure Quest [insert your city], I think you will be pleasantly surprised! Now, buckle up, and read on to experience the whole adventure with us!
There are actually two urban adventure quests in Seattle, and I wasn’t sure for a long time which exact quest to pick. We actually got this code to use back last year, but our toddler was very little, and still in her terrible twos, so while we could have used it right away, I waited to be sure everyone was in the mood and shape to actually go through with it. Out of the two available quests we picked out the longer version this time around. I think that this was a great choice for starters! I love the areas that this longer version quest covers, and as we always hang out in these places anyway, I figured we would have no issue finding the clues, and figuring it all out, we are local after all!
This longer urban adventure quest Seattle spans over several areas. It starts at Seattle Center which is the heart of Seattle happenings for all tourists out there. If you are coming to Seattle for just a few days, you have to go to Seattle Center as this is a fast way to experience a good touristy portion of Seattle you don’t want to miss. Seattle Center is home to the Space Needle that you might recall from “Sleepless in Seattle”, and is probably the number one destination is you are first time in Seattle.
There is also a great number of attractions on the territory of Seattle Center that are for children, and that is why we always tend to hang out there. There is Seattle Children’s Theater that is one of the best in the country in terms of the level of acting you might expect, and performances are never difficult to get a seat for because there are just so many shows that they have. We usually hold a season pass as our children love their shows. There is Seattle Children’s Museum located on the ground or first floor of the Armory, that you have to visit if you have children aged between 2 to 7. This is probably the best age to enjoy this place, however, I have to say that children older and younger, as well as their parents always have fun in there as well. There is a lot to cover about this place, maybe for another post though. Lastly, for children, there is Seattle Science Center, and we also have a yearly membership, as this place is just too vast to be able to cover in one day. So, if you have a few days to spend in Seattle with kids, I would recommend spending possibly the whole day in Seattle Children’s Museum – they have special programming that is excellent that you should ask about when visiting. And another day should be spent in Seattle Science Center, but again, this is going to be another story – just a few tips for you if you are wondering what to do in Seattle with small children.
Anyhow, we decided to start our adventure in Seattle with the Urban Adventure Quest Seattle at Seattle Center. We started almost bright and early at our favorite spot at the sticks, where we were dropped off, and which happens to be actually right adjacent to the preferred parking lot. We started doing short videos, and posting them on Instagram Stories, so if you were following along, you would know what happened, but those stories were not saved, so we didn’t actually do that many videos that we saved in the end, but read on to find out!
No day in Seattle, on any Urban Adventure, whether it is raining or sunshining, can go without Starbucks coffee for us, so this was our first stop on the adventure. We wanted to get some nourishment, and get ready for the whole day of adventures, so we visited a Starbucks at the Armory at Seattle Center. This is possibly one of the busiest locations ever, just based on the number of tourists that come to Seattle, and everyone always wants coffee. We ordered a few delicious hot and cold drinks, got ourselves energized, and started off with our adventure.
The first part of the adventure took place on the territory of the Seattle Center. Seattle Center Scavenger Hunt portion is actually quite simple, but does take some time to complete. The adventures are actually a number of riddles that have to be solved. You will be able to walk around the Seattle Center, find some clues on your way, and get acquainted with all of the spots that they have set up in Seattle Center. I thought that we knew Seattle Center through and through, but it actually took us quite a bit of effort to get through the challenges. They were not difficult, but still guessing the answers takes a bit of brain thinking, and with children tugging you every which way this can take a bit of time, so we ended up being busy with the challenges right up to lunch time.
We ended up getting our lunch at Seattle Center in the Armory again, and it was quite impressive for me that there was actually so much to do right in this one area to occupy us, before we moved on, right until lunchtime.
There are quite a few options for lunch on the territory of Seattle Center, and I can recommend a few that I like. Inside the Armory, you will find plenty of seating, and can enjoy a variety of American meals from fast food restaurants. My favorites there are Eltana with different types of bagels including a delicious cream cheese and lox bagel. We also often order fries from a corner shop inside the Armory – there are delicious hot dogs you can pick up there as well for your picky eaters. Those fries come with parmesan, chili, and there are different types of fries you can have – sweet potato, original, curly fries. The sauces are delicious, and nourishing.
If you have a bit more time, and you are interested in experiencing delicious food Seattle has to offer, I would recommend Collections Cafe that you will definitely notice as you go through your Quest program, and the food in there is outstanding, and not too expensive. We often eat brunch there on the weekends, as it is simply excellent. You usually can get a seat there without any reservations, and it is definitely one of the best places that I would recommend to eat in Seattle as a tourist.
Once we have finished our lunch, we were on our way to get to the second destination of Urban Adventure Quest Seattle which brought us to downtown via Monorail. It is quite easy and possible to also walk to downtown Seattle area instead of using the Monorail, however, some of the quest questions are actually taking place in the building where the Monorail track brings you to, so it is honestly easier to take the Monorail to continue on the quest journey.
Once we have arrived in downtown Seattle, this is where Urban Adventure Quest Seattle for us became more complicated, and we started facing real difficulties completing the questions. Sometimes it was hard to find the clues as they were on the ground that was covered with people, RVs with food or information kiosks right where the quest area was. Sometimes we were just not able to count correctly, or didn’t trust our instincts, We would rarely use the hints provided, however, sometimes because it was a hot day and we just wanted to keep on going we pulled the trigger to pass the questions we were not sure of.
I am not going to be spilling any beans anywhere, or at least I will try not to, and without actually doing the quest you would not have any clue what I am talking about but we were eventually brought to the Pike Place Market, and that is where the quest became really difficult, Pike Place market scavenger hunt questions were the most challenging. Maybe that, or we are just generally bad at Math and Trivia with the kids.
One of the most difficult questions was actually about the first Starbucks shop that is at Pike Place market, and that we ended up visiting in this quest as well. At that point it was around 3 pm, the Sun was getting to us, and the line to the shop was just so long. In order to complete the quest, there are actually a few questions that you would need to answer if you want to proceed further, and in order to answer them, you really need to sit down somewhere, preferably with a nice cup of cappuccino, possibly in Starbucks, and just really think, and even write a little. This Starbucks shop though is so busy, I have never actually even gone in there just because the line is so long, and it is kind of pointless standing there in my opinion for so long just to get the same coffee you get everywhere else. So, we decided to pass on the opportunity, and I sent the older kids with their phones to just go inside the shop and take a few pictures. We were looking for something that the quest requested, but the kids didn’t really know what to look for with all the people in there, so we they took some wrong pictures, and we just had to go with that.
The Pike Place Market is also quite a tourist spot, there are many levels in the market, and it is best known for souvenirs, and fresh seafood that you can pick up, and watch how market vendors throw some fish around, and always catch it. This show you don’t want to miss.
So, ideally, if you are spending some time in Seattle, you might want to take a special day trip just to the Pike Place Market, have some Russian Piroshki, a coffee at Starbucks for breakfast. By the way, those Piroshki are better than they make them in Russia, I sure know as I have lived most of my life in Russia, and this shop is run by real Russians with their special homemade recipes, so you don’t want to miss this treat. We got a few sweet and savory piroshki on this trip, but I always get quite a few to eat there as these flavors are honestly pure memories for me. After that, you can watch how cheese is made and try some curds at the Beechers’ cheese shop. Then I recommend for you to walk around the market until lunch time, and grab some Pike Place chowder for a quick lunch, get some home to reheat as well, or you can get some lunch at one of Tom Douglas’s restaurants right next to the market as well.
At the Pike Place market there are a few riddles to do, and most of them were quite complex for us. We have sometimes stumbled with counting numbers, or just matching pictures. This one stumbled us a bit due to fresh graffiti on it.
Once we have finished the tasks at the Pike Place Market, the next assignment was just a few blocks away, but we were rather tired at that point, and the kids started to squawk quite a bit, so the end of the urban scavenger hunt Seattle for clues was pretty much over at that point – I think this is where we started to have to pull some of the hints and tricks instead of actually solving the riddles.
It was a day full of fun, and exciting activities, so here is my verdict: We loved the whole day of fun in Seattle with Urban Adventure Quest puzzles and clues, learning a lot more about all little bits of interesting spots and exciting memorable puzzles in the city, enjoying what tricks it has to offer, and learning a lot about the city as well! These adventure hunt challenges were a lot of fun!
Have you ever gone on a scavenger hunt? What other popular scavenger hunts have you tried?
I am hoping to go on a new Seattle Scavenger hunt 2017 this summer, hopefully in about a week. Stay tuned for more Instagram stories! I am not sure if there is any other free Seattle Scavenger hunt that I could use, or if there is any paid hunt that I could use, but we are definitely doing another second scavenger hunt on Urban Adventure Quest, especially since there is a great discount code that we got at the end of the first quest just for finishing it!
When our day was over, we were quite tired, and settled down for a dinner of a seafood poutine at a local restaurant nearby.
If you are interested in doing a similar quest in your own city, or when you are travelling, I highly recommend it, especially since we have a special discount code available for you –
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Do you have any other Seattle Scavenger hunt ideas for me? Let me know, share your adventure hunt tips in comments! Don’t forget to pick up your Urban Adventure Quest Discount Code here for your next adventure!
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