Treasure Hunt Ideas and Treasure Hunt Clues

This website has lots of free treasure hunt ideas for you to use to create a great scavenger hunt or treasure hunt. There are searches, treasure hunt challenges, codes and puzzles available to help give you some clue ideas. You could adapt some of our various ideas to make your own treasure hunts, which are a great way to spend an afternoon solving clues and having fun. For a challenge try encrypting some clues, creating riddles or even creating your own cryptex.

See the Treasure Hunt Ideas for Adults page for some clue ideas on how to make a good treasure hunt for grown-ups!

You can also use our free treasure hunt idea tool to create a treasure hunt online. The tool has loads of clue ideas in different formats (alphabet substitution, flag signals, mirrored writing etc) and fifty locations you would find around the home that would be suitable for hiding clues. This gives our treasure hunt creator almost 400 clues to choose from! In addition, you can add your own clues to your treasure hunts; simply use the "Create your own clue" option.


Treasure hunt clues, maps and codes

Our Hints and tips page gives some advice on how to set up a treasure hunt, and things to look out for when making one.

Treasure hunt clue ideas

You can browse our idea categories or view all our clues for children and adults ideas in one list.

All our treasure hunt clues

Mirrored Lettering

The location of the next clue converted into mirrored text.

Convert the location of the next clue into mirrored text so that it can only be read by reflecting the text in a mirror.

The easiest way to create the clue is to write it in front of a mirror, looking into the mirror whilst writing.

Word Search

A clue is hidden in a word search by using the word search's leftover letters.

Jigsaw Puzzle

The next clue is written down and cut up to form a jigsaw puzzle.

The list of treasure hunt clues is expanding, and if you have your own ideas or clues and would like them listed on the site as inspiration for others please send them to us as Make sure you include your name so we can include you as the idea's creator!

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