First annual Street Scramble Scavenger Hunt

A Street Scramble Scavenger Hunt will take place at the Washington State History Museum on Sunday, June 23, at 12:30 pm. The Street Scramble Scavenger Hunt is an educational scavenger hunt that incorporates downtown Tacoma as its course for trivia questions such as, “What’s the historic name on the Key Bank Building?” or “Which of Tacoma’s sister cities contributed to a garden at 7th and St.  Helen’s?” Participants register, start and finish at the History Museum, and they can compete by age brackets, as teams or individuals, on foot, by bike, or with strollers. The means of participation can vary greatly but all registrants gain a healthy, wholesome experience.  Armed with area maps and a list of clues, participants then disperse throughout our neighborhood on their fact-finding missions.

Participants have three hours to return to the History Museum, and those who travel greater distances get more points for their more distant sites. The History Museum furnishes prizes to winners in various categories, water and snacks for proper hydration, copies of the “course” map, and more.

The Street Scramble itinerary is as follows:
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Check-in for advance registrations, walk-up registration
1:20 p.m. — Welcome
1:30 p.m. — Map issue and instructions
2:00 p.m. — Start
3:30 p.m. — 90 minute finish
4:10 p.m. — 90 minute awards
5:00 p.m. — 3 hour finish
5:40 p.m. — 3 hour awards
6:00 p.m. — Event concludes

“I think that the Street Scramble is a great way to connect with Downtown Tacoma and its history, in a truly interactive and healthy way,” said Laura Berry, development director of the Washington State Historical Society. “We have a beautiful city, and this event gives us a chance to truly take it in and enjoy all of the fantastic history, architecture, and community that downtown has to offer.”

The Tacoma Street Scramble is one many similar events, being held throughout the Puget Sound area. Some communities have been holding their events for several years. This is the debut of the Street Scramble event in Tacoma, and organizers hope to make it an annual event.

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To sign up online, visit, or download the event flyer and registration form


By: Carly Calabrese, staff for

Edited by Reba Winstead, editor for

Photographs are by Meridian Geographics

3 thoughts on “First annual Street Scramble Scavenger Hunt”

  1. Scavenger Hunts are a lot of fun. I’ve had two for a special friend of mine. But I’m confused is this a walking or driving around Scavenger Hunt to gather information.
    Either way it’s something fun and different.

    1. Hi, Bob – This event is great for walking, running, or biking – not a driving event. We would love it if you could join us for our first-ever event, June 23 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma!

  2. So excited for this event! I love working in downtown Tacoma, and this is a great way for us to encourage the community to come out. Gotta get my kids to do it. 😀

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