Our scavenger hunts are carefully planned out and structured, so if you’re following the directions, you should have no trouble completing the puzzles. But as much as we plan, it’s just as much fun to discover the surprises. It’s the unexpected moments that turn an activity into an adventure.
Say, for example, the time a team stumbled on the Friends couch, plopped right in the middle of Klyde Warren Park. Was it part of the hunt? No. But should they stop and take a picture with it? I mean, could it be any more obvious?
Sometimes a surprise can be an unexpected benefit. On a hunt in July, one team was delighted to have located a hidden historical marker, but as they headed back down the lawn, the sprinklers turned on, giving them all a soak. And let’s be honest, it felt fantastic.
An occurrence that used to surprise us was the many weddings we’d encounter while hosting hunts. Eventually, we came to realize that a course that passes the gorgeous Cathedral Guadalupe is pretty likely to encounter a wedding party. In fact, one group had to wade through an entire wedding party to find their way to the next clue. Nobody had any rice to throw, so they settled for taking a picture. Since then, we’ve incorporated these happy occurrences into the hunt, and challenge players to take a photo with someone in a tuxedo.
Other times, it’s the players who surprise us. We meet so many fascinating folks, from DFW, from Texas, and around the world, and it’s always fun to discover what people know. Take the woman who immediately knew that the answer to one question was “Charley Pride” — because he was her uncle! Or in some cases, it’s what they don’t know. We pity that poor team from Toronto who had to get a little help sorting out a clue about Tex Mex. Don’t worry, we got them fed before they went back up north.
And then you’ll be surprised at the lengths team members go to just to catch that last picture. We once witnessed a player sprint across Klyde Warren Park just in time to snap a selfie with a passing orange car. And the prompt to take a picture with a live animal has led our players to meet oh so many dogs. Because why settle for a squirrel?
If you ask us, life’s more fun when you don’t know what’s coming your way. When you’re on a scavenger hunt in Dallas, that’s pretty much guaranteed.
We love our city, and one of the reasons we started a scavenger hunt business was out of a love for introducing people to the parts of the community they might not know about. For the purposes of the hunts, that often comes in the form of featuring a cool piece of public art, or highlighting a surprising bit of trivia about the area. (Did you know that Barney the Dinosaur was created right here in DFW?) But when the hunt is done, there's still lots of neighborhood to discover, and our guests are often hungry to learn more -- or just hungry! Which is why, in the spirit of community awareness, we're going to highlight some of the best places to eat when you're done with a hunt. In this, Part 1 of an ongoing series, we're looking at some great restaurants near our Scavenger Hunt in the Dallas Arts District.
We'll be honest -- you get your steps in on a hunt. All that exercise is bound to give you an appetite, and you'll probably be a little thirsty, too. Below are several great options for unwinding, comparing stories, or gloating about your big win.
There are so many great Tex Mex options in the Arts District that it's tough to make a choice. El Fenix is legendary, and has big tables with room for large groups. Taco Lingo is a bit farther off the course, but it's got a relaxing cantina-style vibe that's great for conversation. Taqueria La Ventana serves delicious food at a great price, but keep in mind that the tables on its funky patio don't have much room for big parties. And don't forget Tortaco, a bit further south, with several great-tasting dishes. Of course, all of these spots will supply you with a margarita or two to toast to your success.
If you're craving authentic Mexican, and something a little less casual than the above, Miriam is a new chef-driven restaurant just across from Klyde Warren Park with fantastic food and a slightly more formal atmosphere. In the park itself, there's Savor, a tasty gastropub with a gorgeous view. There's also a nice patio that's perfect for post-hunt refreshments. In fact, it's not uncommon for a team on a hunt to arrive at Savor early and sip a cocktail while they finish their puzzles.
Drinks and Bites
While most of the previously mentioned spots offer happy hour options, there are a few additional spots in the neighborhood that offer a casual, relaxed atmosphere, perfect for unwinding and treating yourself. Village Burger Bar is nearby, offering several yummy burgers and a range of sandwiches, apps, and beers on tap. Happiest Hour earns its name, with plenty of space and lots to do, but you'll be bumping up against the cool kids after a while. This place gets hopping in the evening!
Klyde Warren Park is host to a wide variety of rotating food trucks, serving a diverse selection of cuisines. Pizza, BBQ, Mediterranean, even ice cream sandwiches are on offer. While these make a great mid-hunt snack option, be warned that most of the trucks depart in the late afternoon, so don't count on them for a dinner option.
You'll do plenty of searching on your scavenger hunt through the Arts District. The last thing you'll want to do is go looking for the right restaurant when you're done. Our recommendation? Plan ahead, book a spot at one of the spots above, and enjoy! And remember, if you're scheduling a hunt, we can set up your finish line at nearly any point in the area, including any of these fine establishments.