There are no excuses for using a list of questions for treasure hunt clues when there is such a wealth of source material to work with.

Here are a few ideas that can be used for creating treasure hunt clues:

Treasure Hunt Riddles

Click here for How to Make Riddles or see if you can Solve These Puzzles.

Treasure Hunt Clues:


You can write an article and hide the treasure hunt clue or make it part of the text.


Find somewhere which has a constant audio feature which can only be heard from one point, like a clock ticking in another room (if it is going to be quiet) or a motorway hum on the top of a hill.


Come up with a cipher coding system, i.e. A=7, B=2 or use an existing one such as morse code to give instructions on how to solve a clue.


What is the most prevalent/unusual colour in this area?


Start with your back to the door. Take 2 paces forward. Turn 90 degrees clockwise, take 7 paces forwards etc.


Give a list of things that are found at the treasure hunt clue location, and add an extra plausible one that isn’t.


Palm Trees – Lamp Posts + Car Spaces = ??


What is the archway made of? Stone/Wood/Hedge/Brick? It helps to give examples to narrow down the choice of answers

Obscure Photos

Take a really close up photograph of an object that you can only make out when you are in the right location and see it for yourself.

Optical Alignment

One of our favourite treasure hunt clues, line up objects like lamp posts and signposts and see what is directly in line on the horizon.

Scene Description

Write a detailed description of what you can see from a certain point, and include a mistake.


Overused in treasure hunt clues, but you can be excused for using them once. Find a word on a sign, or pick out letters from the sign to put together i.e. 3rd word, 4th letter, 6th word 1st letter.

Spot the Difference

Take a photo and photoshop out a key part of the landscape


Do a blind taste test to work out which pot contains what food i.e. salt, sugar, flour, cocoa powder.


Leave them a number to call or text, then give them the answer verbally.


Lead the treasure hunter to an answer by feel, going from wallpaper to wood to brick to glass.


Let them work out a website address which will lead them to the final treasure.

The more effort that is put into the way the treasure hunt clues are written, the more participants will enjoy the experience.


  1. Shraddha Kakkad
    March 25, 2019

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    I’m trying to make a treasure hunt game for outdoor locating the famous places in mumbai (town)

  2. fariha
    December 5, 2018

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    Thanks fo this a good idea

  3. omjjuh
    March 29, 2018

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    thanks but not time please leave some actual clues

  4. Jokes Gabbar
    February 28, 2018

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    I am doing a treasure hunt for my building so 60 ppl and 4 grps we put the garden, electric room and a car as a clue need more

  5. annie
    January 26, 2018

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    I’m making a treasure hunt inside a football stadium and finding it hard to rhyme with seats and rows

  6. Troy
    April 15, 2017

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    It’s stupid what is the point in doing an Easter egg hunt if it envolvex maths??!

  7. Andrea Gorin
    January 5, 2017

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    I’m doing a treasure hunt for our youth group at church and we are having a locK in. This was the most helpful info I found. I didn’t have a clue on what to do or how to lead something like this, but this gave some fun and insightful ideas. Thank you very much 🙂

  8. LizZo
    December 21, 2016

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    We have our niece and nephew staying with us over Christmas and these are great ideas for us to create a treasure hunt, thank you so much!!

  9. Cheryl Gibson
    June 25, 2016

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    I am trying to organize a treasure hunt at work. We work in a supermarket. I’m still a little confused but these sites help.thanks

  10. Joel jjv
    April 19, 2016

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    Really helpful tips…tnq

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