Scavenger Hunt Date Ideas

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Ready for some fun Scavenger Hunt Date Ideas?

Whether it’s your first date or your 100th date, a Scavenger hunt can be a great way to spend the day.

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Not only are they fun and exciting, but they can add a little bit of adventure into your dating routine.

Today, let’s find some of our favorite scavenger hunt ideas for couples!

And if you’re into a scavenger hunt date, you’re gonna love our Target Couples Challenge!

Why a Scavenger Hunt Date?

What makes scavenger hunt dates such a great idea? Lots! 

Adventure Drives Romance

Did you know that couples who go on adventures together are more likely to report high levels of satisfaction in their relationship?

Don’t believe us? Google it!

Adventure stimulates endorphins – the feel good hormones in your body. And when you go on adventures with your partner, you eventually begin to associate all those amazing feelings with them! 

Scavenger hunts are the perfect adventure for stimulating those endorphins. In addition, you’ll create memories and open up the door for romance and intimacy. 

The Fun Never Stops

When it comes to scavenger hunts, the options are endless.

Scavenger hunts at home, hunts out in nature, hunts on the town – there are so many different ways that you can take a scavenger hunt.

Which means that you don’t have to stop at just one! If you enjoy your first scavenger hunt date, there’s lots more to come!

They Are Kid-Friendly

If you have kids, you probably already know that it can be difficult to get time alone.

But that doesn’t mean you should stop dating.

If you aren’t seeing any alone time in your foreseeable future, a scavenger hunt is a kid friendly date that they can tag along on.

They’re a great way for the entire family to spend the day together and enjoy each other’s company. 

Scavenger Hunt Date Ideas

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Probably one of the most popular types of scavenger hunts are nature hunts. Nature hunts are great for so many reasons.

First, nature is always a great idea. Just 10 minutes spent in the great outdoors can help to boost your mood, reduce stress, and improve your overall health.

Not only that, but being active can help you to lose weight, increase confidence, and improve overall well-being.

Plus, you can learn a thing or two along the way.

Head online and see what types of trees, grasses, and plants are in your area. Then, head out to see if you can find them.

You might even get lucky enough to find some spider webs or one of nature’s creatures!

Second-Hand Shopping Hunt

There are so many treasures to be found in the second-hand store. After all, you know what they say – “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!”

So why not turn your search for new treasures into a date? 

Create a list of everything you are looking for and then see who can find it first.

Alternatively, if you don’t have anything specific in mind, you can create a list of fun things to look for.

Maybe something old, something blue, something funny, something ugly – the list goes on and on!

Try our thrift store date if you’re excited about this one.

Round Town Scavenger Hunt

If you live in a small town, that can be a great place for a scavenger hunt. There’s a few ways that you can play this:

Competitive Hunt

If you’re up for a little friendly competition, go ahead and make a list of things to find beforehand.

Maybe you need to find something from the 70’s?

A storefront with a 50% off sale?

And a selfie with another shopper?

Whatever it is, make your list, set your timer, and head off on your own to see how many items you can check off your list (with photo evidence of course).

Whoever finds the most items on the list at the end of the time wins!

Romantic Hunt

If you’re really out to impress your date, you could send them on their own romantic scavenger hunt.

Have you ever seen “P.S. I love you?” That’s what we’re talking about!

Leave little romantic notes and clues that will guide your date from location to location, until finally they get to the end destination (maybe a romantic hotel room for the night? Or a nice massage?). 

Relationship Scavenger Hunt

If you’ve been together for a while now, you can go on a scavenger hunt to find things that are relevant to your relationship.

Start where you had your first date, head to the theater where you watched your first movie, or find the outfit that your partner wore on your first night.

See who can remember the most!

The best thing about this date is you can take your time and relive your first date too. 

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are a great way to make memories, but why not save the memories that you make?

Head out on a scavenger hunt to find all the best photo locations!

You can cheat by going online and finding good photo ops in your area.

Alternatively, you can take a random drive and search for good photo spots yourself!

Make sure to bring along a stand so you can use the timer to take photos together!

Library Scavenger Hunt

Head to your local library or book store for this fun library scavenger hunt date. Before you go, write out your own list of books you might find, words in books, or colors around each section.

More Scavenger Hunt Dates

  1. Art gallery scavenger hunt: Create a list of art pieces to find in a gallery or museum and challenge your partner to find them all.
  2. Neighborhood photo scavenger hunt: Make a list of photo challenges that you and your partner can complete around your neighborhood, such as taking a picture of a certain flower or a unique street sign.
  3. Nature scavenger hunt: Find items in nature, such as a specific type of bird or a particular tree species, and go on a hike to find them.
  4. Food scavenger hunt: Put a list together of food items to find or taste, such as a specific type of fruit or a unique flavor of chocolate. Head to a grocery store or a food festival for some extra fun.
  5. Historic scavenger hunt: Create a list of historic sites to find in your city or town, such as a certain type of building or a historic marker.

  1. Movie-themed scavenger hunt: Pick your favorite movie, and make a list of items or places from that movie and challenge yourselves to find each one. Or watch a movie together and find items on a list you made up beforehand.
  2. Music scavenger hunt: Put together a list of words to find in songs, and see how many songs it takes to check off your list.
  3. Beach scavenger hunt: Find cool items at the beach, like sea glass, a sand dollar, or a specific type of shell.
  4. Puzzle scavenger hunt: Create a series of puzzles that your partner must solve in order to find the next clue.
  5. Road trip scavenger hunt: On your next road trip, create a scavenger hunt that the two of you must complete. Find a certain restaurant or a unique roadside attraction all along the way.
  6. Mall scavenger hunt: Create a list of items to find at the mall. Think of funny and unique items you can find, and challenge each other to complete the whole list.

How Can You Make Your Scavenger Hunt More Romantic?

The above are just 5 different scavenger hunt date ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

You can really take them in any direction you want, making them as quick and simple or as extravagant as you want.

But it’s important to remember that this is a date.

And what are dates all about? Romance!

So how can you make sure your scavenger hunt date sparks the flame?

Romantic Clues

We already touched on this above, but let’s recap.

Going on a scavenger hunt with your partner is fun but not necessarily romantic. But setting up a scavenger date hunt for your partner – now that’s romantic.

Send your date from location to location with little romantic hints.

You can do this around town or even in your own home.

The romantic part is that you put effort and thought into it – and you can never go wrong with effort and thought.


A Romantic Ending

There’s lots of ways that you can make your scavenger hunt end on a romantic note. Whether you sit down and make a scrapbook of all the photos you took, or end the date with a romantic surprise, there’s lots of different options to end the night with a sweet and romantic touch.

A Romantic Journey

You can make your scavenger hunt romantic all on its own.

Set out for romantic spots or destinations.

Watch a movie at your first theater, eat where you went on your first date, have a stopover to watch the sunset on the pier.

Your locations themselves can set the mood for a romantic evening. 

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