6 Adorable Scavenger Hunt Date Ideas

For a low-effort, high-fun date night, set off on a very special couple’s scavenger hunt
by Sarah Finley

If you and your partner love a bit of adventure, then a scavenger hunt will be right up your street.

A couples' scavenger hunt date night is a fun way to inject some playful energy into your weekly routine, as well as build beautiful couple memories.

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Not only that, but there are plenty of scavenger hunt date ideas to choose from, so you can tailor them to the season, a particular milestone, anniversary or celebration, or your interests.

Check out our handpicked collection of scavenger hunt date night ideas below. From nature’s forages or photo-themed scavenger hunt date idea, to something more personal – we’ve got you covered.

Why a couple's scavenger hunt?

Research shows that couples who spend quality time and make space for fun activities, such as scavenger hunts, report higher levels of relationship satisfaction. 

Need another excuse to be silly and create a scavenger hunt for your partner? It’s also been scientifically proven that sharing memories and jokes together will help to boost closeness and intimacy in relationships.

Not sure where to start? Here’s our pick of the best scavenger hunt date ideas out there.

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6 scavenger hunt date ideas

1. The nature scavenger hunt

Pick a woodland or park you both love to walk in and plan your nature scavenger hunt around it. Write a list of 10 things for you to find on your walk and set a time limit. The first one to find everything on the list gets to decide what you do for the rest of the day.

Scavenger hunt clues: 

An animal print in the grass”, “a pretty spider's web”, “a tree with large roots”, “a colorful rock”

2. The mall scavenger hunt

This scavenger hunt can be silly or romantic, depending on what mood you're in. Both write down five things for your partner to do in an allotted time. These can be things they have to find, tasks or dares they have to complete, or objects they need to buy. Start the clocks and whoever completes their hunt first, wins.

Scavenger hunt clues: 

“A selfie with another shopper”, “a picture of a store with a discount”, “food in the shape of a heart”

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3. The ‘trip down memory lane’ scavenger hunt

This is a great opportunity to remind each other of your first dates, special anniversaries, or objects that mean something to your relationship. This one can be done at home. Make a list of things your partner should find around the house; try to make them as elusive as possible, so they really are taking a trip down memory lane with you.

Scavenger hunt clues: 

“An ornament or something that reminds you of me”, “the cologne you wore on our first date”, “the outfit I wore last anniversary”

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4. The photo scavenger hunt

This will also bring back some memories, but also test your partner's memory when it comes to first dates and your special moments together. Ask them to gather certain photos of the two of you – whether they are on Facebook, sitting on your bedroom wall, or new photos you capture together during this date night. 

Scavenger hunt clues: 

“A picture of when we first met”, “a picture of where we first kissed”, “your favorite photo of us”

5. The gratitude scavenger hunt

If you’re a new couple, this is a great scavenger hunt to get to know each other more and allow you to understand what you and your partner feels grateful for. Write down clues that encourages each other to find their favorite things, or the objects that make them happy. Ask questions when they bring the items back – and you’ll be clued-up on the key to their heart.

Scavenger hunt clues: 

“Find something that makes you smile”, “find something that smells nice to you”, “find something that you think would make someone happy”

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6. The romantic scavenger hunt

This romantic scavenger hunt can be more personalized to your relationship, giving each other clues or things to collect that only you two would know. Add in some ‘inside jokes’ and memories, and you’ve got yourself a romantic scavenger hunt that'll lead the two of you to find greater connection and happiness.

Scavenger hunt clues: 

“The object that hangs by where we like to dance”, “the fridge magnet from my favorite holiday with you”, “another clue is waiting for you where I love to sit at night”

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