Treasure Hunt Ideas and Treasure Hunt Clues

Welcome to Treasure Hunt Ideas, a website proving free treasure hunt clues and ideas for making your own treasure hunts. To help you write your own clues there are lists of codes, treasure hunt challenges and searches ideas. Try encasing a clue in ice, or using lemon juice as invisible ink.

There is a 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.

If you would like to use a ready made treasure hunt then you can download one of our existing free treasure hunts which have lists of clues ready for you to print and hide.

A treasure hunt is a great addition to a children's party, but adults enjoy them too! Our Treasure Hunt Ideas for Adults page has some good clue ideas on how to make a treasure hunt for grown-ups!


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

Alphabet Substitution

Codes written in numbers, where each number represents a letter e.g. 1=a, 2=b...


Treasure hunters are given a quote from a book or DVD, in which the next clue is hidden.

Word Search

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

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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