A Scavenger Hunt, Hidden City Style


One of Old City's many mysterious back streets | Photo: Peter Woodall

One of Old City’s many mysterious back streets | Photo: Peter Woodall

Creating the Hidden City Daily each week is kind of like a wonderful hunt for Philadelphia’s most obscure and unusual places and people. But it’s never been an actual scavenger hunt–until now.

Hidden City is teaming up with the fine folks at cityHUNT and Google Field Trip to make a game out of exploring Old City. We’ve developed a series of clues for participants to decipher–artifacts of 19th century life, for instance–that will test your knowledge and expand your understanding of the urban landscape.


Other clues are based on the Google app called Field Trip. We’ve published dozens of stories about Old City since the Daily launched two years ago, and they’ve all been mapped in Field Trip. Download the app, walk near the geographical epicenter of an article, and your smart phone will buzz, alerting you to a story that will help you answer the clue.

Once you’ve come up with what you think is the answer, take a photo of the item with your smart phone, then upload it to Instagram. This may sound a bit complicated, but really it’s pretty easy. Participants divide up into teams of five (you can bring your own team or join one on-site), and there’s always one or two tech-savvy people in each group who can handle the smart phone stuff. In fact, you don’t even need a smart phone to play. After the hunt, teams will meet at National Mechanics to find out the answers, share photos and hoist a pint or two. (Brewing was one of Old City’s earliest industries, after all.).

It’s a great way to meet people who care about the city as much as you do, learn about one of Philly’s most charming and historic neighborhoods and, hopefully, win!

Peter Woodall is the co-editor of Hidden City Daily. He is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and a former newspaper reporter with the Biloxi Sun Herald and the Sacramento Bee. He worked as a producer for Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane and wrote a column about neighborhood bars for PhiladelphiaWeekly.com.


  1. Is this $30 per team or per player?

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