Skip to main content

Hunting Through the Strip in Las Vegas

This is part of a sponsored post via US Family Guide.
As spontaneous as our last road-trip seemed, there was a little bit of method to my madness.  The last minute decision to get out of town was easy, but how did we decide where to go?  First, it's always safe to head south until you get somewhere warm.  But, also, I still needed to do a review for Urban Adventure Quest.  Since I'd already done the scavenger hunt in Salt Lake City, I chose the next location within driving distance...Las Vegas...

Source: urbanadventurequest.com
If you aren't familiar with the city scavenger hunts offered through Urban Adventure Quest,
 check out last month's review.  

Let me start out by saying I LOVE the idea behind Urban Adventure Quests.  The puzzles and challenges are well-thought out, informative, and entertaining.  I think any of the 35 locations would be worth the time and money.  But, I want to give a big caution that the Las Vegas race is not as "family-friendly" as the website touts it to be.  I may come off simply as a prude, but I think it's fair to point out up-front that a number of the Las Vegas race challenges include entering the casinos, speaking with pitbosses, or having a more than skin-deep knowledge of gambling terms and amounts.  Also, a puzzle towards the end of the race involves studying a fresco painting and identifying how many pairs of bare women's chests you can see.  Some will say, "Hey, it's Vegas" and "It's art", and they would be right.  This race would be a blast for 20-somethings in town on spring break.  Just maybe not for families like ours with curious little kids in tow.

Having said all that, it is still a really fun race!  We did decide half-way through that the kids weren't into it anymore and went on to Lake Mead, but before we left Sin City, we figured out clues that took us past cool interactive sculptures and to a great snack-stop under the Arc de Triomphe...

I am 100% in my own skin carrying a baby on my back in the wilderness, but
will be honest that we looked a little out of place packing them down the strip in Las Vegas.
The one big question I had after completing the Salt Lake Urban Adventure Quest was whether it would be more fun or less fun and more or less beneficial to do the race in a place you were familiar with.  Is it something people would want to do at home as an outing or on vacation as an excursion? I'm going to say the verdict is still out.  We loved the Salt Lake City Adventure Quest because it was full of history and we could use our knowledge of the area to guess pretty accurately where the next clue would lead.  The locations in the Las Vegas scavenger hunt were pretty iconic and so also relatively easy to locate.  I guess we'll have to try a third hunt in a place we know nothing about and then get back to you!

Want to find an Urban Adventure Quest near you?
I'd love to know which one you want to try!

Comments

  1. Hahaha. I love the pic with the kids. It happens to us as well that we are totally fine in undeveloped countries but being in a 5 star hotel with a moaning toddler makes it not so relaxing. Happy travels!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow! This sounds so much fun! And to go on a scavenger hunt in Las Vegas? How neat! Thanks for sharing your post, this is on my bucket list for when we do visit Vegas again!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Stockpiling MomsApril 3, 2015 at 7:48 AM

    Oh how I love Las Vegas and visiting the strip. What a fun activity! I love this scavenger hunt - who would have thought of it!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I have never heard of an urban adventure quest before, looks really neat! A great way to learn more about the city and have fun as a family! That would totally be us with the kids though, we would be wanting more and dragging them to the next stop trying to inflate excitement :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. This was our 2nd one and they've both been really fun. It's easy to involve the kids in figuring out puzzles and also helps you to see things maybe you've walked right by before. We were pretty proud of ourselves just giving in this time instead of trying to force them to have a good time :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. This was actually only my 2nd time to be the strip, but it was a beautiful day and we loved it. You should definitely check it out the next time you're there!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Las Vegas is one of those places that people won't even think twice about a group of people running around like crazy. Definitely a must-do.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh, you've said it perfectly! Says a lot about how creative and free our little ones can be without the confines of modern expectations.

    ReplyDelete
  9. The L.A. Getty museum looks pretty interesting. My family would have a good time at most of these. I had never heard of urban adventure quests either until I read your post. Headed to read more about the others.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Las vegas is absolutly one if the cities i would love to visit.i would love to visit the mesumes thier.i have heard a lot about them.it sounds so much fun.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Rochkirstin SantosApril 3, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    I also love the idea of quests because our family loves solving any kind of puzzle. It is thrilling to know how quick you can solve them in an adventure quest. I wish it is closer to home! It's something more different and unique than going to the malls or dining in a restaurant.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I have never heard of this, but it sounds really fun! I like trying new things like this when traveling!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I wish going to Vegas could just be like a quick trip like this, pretty jealous of that. I love a good quest that's full of tons of information and history is really fun. A few years ago, we went to some battle fields with my parents and the kids came with us. We had like a scavenger hunt and all the clues were around the battle field, that made it fun for everyone involve!

    ReplyDelete
  14. That's a fun activity for the family. Is there no list of the activities ahead pee race so you can decide whether it's good to do with kids or not? I understand your concern on this particular challenge because kids will be kids, they are surely inquisitive. I hope you'll have fun in your next race.

    LadySoda

    ReplyDelete
  15. I have never heard of the Urban Adventure Quests before. I would love to find out more about them. Sounds like something my husband would have a blast doing, but I agree, that one in particular I might want to not have my kids with us for. Love the idea of an adult scavenger hunt.

    ReplyDelete
  16. We have done both with our kids and I also think it would be fun to do one with just adults and make more of a race out of it!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love that idea for historical sites like a battle field. We are pretty lucky to be in driving distance to Vegas, but you should definitely check out a hunt near you!

    ReplyDelete
  18. It definitely is more unique. They have them all across the United States so hopefully close to home or on vacation you'll be able to try one.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I hope you get to try that one out! Let me know how it goes.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Reading our experiences is only half the fun! Your stories, suggestions, and ideas will help me make this site better!

You Might Also Like:

Road-Trip Ramblings #2: Driving Through Wyoming is Really, REALLY Boring! (And a few things to break up the monotony)

An Overview of Mesa Verde National Park: Part 1

Beach Camping in Utah?