Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: How do the Scavenger Hunts work? What are people looking for?
A: The tasks are designed to take you on a journey of unique spots & new areas. For instance, on the Downtown Hunt, teams will visit cool roof top lounges with amazing views, hip hotels and historic landmarks.

Q: How long do the Scavenger Hunts last?
A: The actual Hunt lasts two hours but when you incorporate the introduction and the awards ceremony afterwards, the entire time frame is three hours. If it’s a private event, we can customize the length to fit your needs but 3 hours is an ideal formula.

Q: Which area is the most popular?
A: When it comes to Scavenger Hunts, Downtown San Diego is our most requested location followed by Old Town, La Jolla, Pacific Beach/Mission Bay, Encinitas and Balboa Park. Our Neighborhoods of Balboa Park Walking Tour is also very popular. The coastal biking tours in Coronado, La Jolla and Pacific Beach also receive rave reviews!

Q: Is the Scavenger Hunt physically challenging? Some of us have bad knees!
A: The Scavenger Hunt is approximately 1.5 miles and the route is flat, there are no steep hills. Teams aren’t allowed to run for safety reasons and we also want everyone to be able to keep up. We set up the hunts to be comfortable for all fitness levels.

Q: Do all the teams have the same clues?
A: Yes but the tasks are in different order plus each team has a bonus sheet with photos and extra points. As a result, teams will sometimes run into each other on the streets which add to the competitive fun spirit!

Q: Can you do Scavenger Hunts for kids? How about themed Scavenger Hunts like birthdays or an anniversary?
A: Yes, we've designed many Scavenger Hunts for kids AND we're constantly getting requests to create customized Scavenger Hunts for birthdays, school reunions, anniversaries, you name it!  Our Scavenger Hunts have also been used as fundraisers for non-profits & family outings for Church Ministries. 

Q: My company is thinking about doing your team building Scavenger Hunt but some people think it may be too silly.  Is this activity really appropriate for companies?
A: Believe it or not, we get that question frequently and the answer is "Yes, it's an excellent team bonding activity!" Over the years, we've had all types of groups from CEO's, sales executives, teachers, engineers and attorneys and they all loved our Urban Challenge Scavenger Hunt. People's personalities really do come out. As a result, you learn a lot about yourself and your team mates. The tasks are designed to stimulate conversation and test players problem solving abilities, creativity and time management skills.  And while you're solving the clues, you get the added bonus of a wonderful sight seeing tour!

Q: I'm thinking of surprising my staff and not letting them know what we're planning.
A: We have been creating team building Scavenger Hunts for corporate groups, families, the military, faith based groups, and schools since 2003 and our experience has shown us that surprising your staff typically doesn't work. We find that it's best to tell people what they are doing, and to remind them of all the small details such as what to wear (sneakers is a must!) and the importance of eating prior to an event.
Q: Do your biking adventures include the bike, helmet, and a basket? What type of bike do you get?  
Do we need to bring water/food?
The public biking tours on Friday and Sunday in Coronado include a bike, 
helmet, a basket upon request, a water and snack. We meet in an area of the islandwhere you can park for free and leave your car there all day. You can ride a beach cruiser, which features foot breaks,a comfy/padded seat and higher handle bars or a mountain bike, which has gears and hand brakes. We provide a granola bar or cookie an hour into the adventure. You are welcome to bring additional food when we take a break in a secret spot along the waterfront.

Q: Are your bike tours easy?
A: It's very important to us that everyone feels comfortable on our bike tours so we actually ride at a very comfortable pace. We've also designed the rides so that most
(if not all) of the hills have been removed. Having said that, it's best if all riders are comfortable with riding a bike. 
Q: Am I able to book a private tour for our company, family outing, Meet-up Group or birthday party? Are we able to do a treasure hunt or scavenger hunt using bikes?  
A: Email tours@wheretours.com or call 619.917.6037 to request a date and get costs on a group tour. The best areas to do a hunt using bikes are Coronado, Pacific Beach/Mission Bay and Downtown/Little Italy.

Q: What are some of your new adventures this year?
A: We're constantly changing up our tours and adding new activities to our lineup.  Our newest Scavenger Hunt route is in Encinitas which showcases all the cool shops & restaurants along Highway 101.  We also offer a Foodie Scavenger Hunt, an Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt version and our very brand new "Relationship Building Urban Challenge Scavenger Hunt"-  an exciting, cool adventure for couples! For Health and Wellness groups, we now offer Fit Quest, a Scavenger Hunt that incorporates physical fitness type exercises. 
If you're a corporate group looking to add a different twist to your meetings, why not do your next board room meeting outside?  That's right.. ditch that conference room and take the meeting outdoors.  Even better... incorporate a fun, relaxing walk into your meeting! 
(Check out our tours for more info)

Q: I'm looking for something other than a Scavenger Hunt or tour. What else do you have?  
A: Our sister company Out of the Ordinary offers 40 additional team building programs so there are plenty of options to choose from! In addition to our popular programs which include Minute to Win It, Charity Bike Builds,Team Olympics and Team Cooking, we are ALWAYS creating new and innovative programs that set us apart.  Check out our new Out of the Ordinary website for more exciting offerings!