Legends of the Barbary Coast: San Francisco Puzzle Solving Adventure

5.0 (3)

San Francisco Bay Area


1.5 hr - 2 hr

Lead time

8+ days

San Francisco Bay Area

Your location





What you'll do

Take your team on a scavenger hunt and puzzle solving adventure in the Barbary Coast region of San Francisco.

Legend has it that a group of gold miners hit it big in San Francisco in 1850. Afraid of the lawlessness of the land at the time, they hid their treasure somewhere in the city and swore a blood oath to keep its location hidden.

A new excavation of the buried ship, Brilliant, has unearthed some clues that might lead to their hidden treasure.

Can your team decode the secret clues, travel through the dark history of the Barbary Coast, find hidden spots, and find the treasure?

Our unique puzzle-solving urban adventure will have teams of 4-8 players racing throughout North Beach, completing challenges, and searching for the treasure.

Legends of the Barbary Coast has been featured on CNN Nationwide, and our scavenger hunt games have been showcased on Hoodline and ABC7.

Our games are designed by an MIT- and Stanford-educated neurobiologist with extensive experience in corporate team building. The challenges will test the group’s communication, collaboration and consensus-building skills and are always a fun adventure in the city.


90-minute adventure

4 to 300 people • 1.5 hr


This is our suggested game length. Work with your team to solve puzzles, take photos, and find hidden clues.


$300 minimum

meet at your location

Game + mini-escape room (120 min)

5 to 100 people • 2 hr


In addition to everything in our game, we'll also rent a space where we'll set up several challenging puzzles, clues and locked boxes. Your team will have to strategize your time to complete the mini escape room as well as the normal game


$700 minimum

meet at your location

How to join

This is an in-person event at your location. Your host will travel to your location and set everything up.


Participants will be emailed with a meeting location for the game. The meeting location will be near Sydney G. Walton Square in San Francisco, and the end of the game will be near Washington Square.

What to bring

You'll be racing around the city solving clues. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Sunscreen and a bottle of water might be useful. We'll provide the rest.


All our hosts are fully vaccinated. This event is held mostly outdoors or in well ventilated public areas.

For the mini-escape room version of the game, we suggest participants wear facemasks.

All reviews


(3 reviews)



As first timers we weren't sure what to expect and Shuai patiently helped us answer any question we had and provided clear instructions for the event. The scavenger hunt took us to historical, cultural and culinary parts of SF. It was great meeting new people and bonding with fellow team members. Some teams brought their children and pets to scavenge too! We would definitely do this again!



Each part of the scavenger hunt involved multiple steps: everything from riddles and puzzles and codes to decode to action items to participate in and everything kept you thinking on your toes. It was the perfect level of challenge where some teams could do less of the activities and still have fun while other very competitive teams could really push themselves but still have a challenge to complete it. And everything was so organized and seemed to go off without a hitch!



A very nice mix of puzzles, decryption, course planning, and quite a few 'creative' challenges to be posted on social media. A number of the clues led to historic San Francisco sites, which is a great way to learn about some of the history of the city (after you figure out where they are!)

Cancellation Policy


Grace period: free cancellation within 24 hours of booking deposit (Unless booked within 48 hours of the event start time). After that, cancel at least 14 days prior to the event to receive a full refund (minus service fee).

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