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Paris scavenger hunts: explore the capital differently
After two months of quarantine, and with summer finally here, the desire to go out and about in the capital is at an all-time high. If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to explore some of Paris’s most iconic neighborhoods, sites, and parks and gardens, all while learning a bit of history along the way, look no further than a good old fashioned scavenger hunt. Read on to discover some creative Parisian companies that have created scavenger hunts in the capital for participants of all ages and skill level.
Les Alchimistes (The Alchemists)
In this scavenger hunt, participates put themselves in the shoes of legendary alchemist Nicolas Flamel as they solve eight riddles shedding light on his incredible life and times. In teams of 2 to 6 people, these participants are equipped with a touch-sensitive tablet that they’ll use to find clues. Starting at the Collége de France, and winding between the Pantheon and the Sorbonne, ClueZ takes participants on a treasure hunt halfway between a sightseeing tour and an escape game right in the heart of Paris’s Latin Quarter.
Persistance, concentration, and team work will all be necessary for this expert-level investigation, which is ranked the most difficult out of the other scavenger hunts ClueZ has to offer. Check out ClueZ’s website for more information or to explore their other scavenger hunts taking place throughout city. There’s even one especially for kids.
“In the Heart of the Marais”
Au cœur du Marais is one of 17 treasure hunts for kids that Jeux de piste Muses et musées has to offer. In this game, children from 7 to 14 get to learn about and explore one of the capital’s oldest neighborhoods, the Marais. Armed with his or her own game booklet, pre-ordered from the website, participants answer questions, solve riddles, and take short quizzes as they lead the way through the small medieval streets of the Marais, past the Place des Vosges, all the way to the Hôtel de Sully. Accompanying parents have their own booklet with all the answers to help out when needed.
Be sure to check out Jeux de piste Muses et musées’s website for more information about their other scavenger hunts, available for participants of all ages. There are even two in English.
Jeux de piste Muses et musées. “Au cœur du Marais”. About an hour and a half long. €4.50 for the booklet (children’s booklet + parent guide). Must order online.
La Romance de la Butte
In this thematic scavenger hunt, participants explore the maze that is Paris’s most romantic neighborhood, Montmartre, as they search for the lost words of a love-sick poet’s song. Each team receives a guidebook containing clues: the objective is to answer the different questions and decipher the hidden messages.
This expert-level game lasts about two and a half hours. Participants set out independently on their quest, but are given a phone number to call if they are lost or need some help.
Be sure to check out Paris Ma Belle’s website to explore the other scavenger hunts available, including three for kids.
La Romance de la Butte. Paris Ma Belle. Reservation required online. Price: €15 for adults, €12 for children 12 to 18 years old.