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

Learn about the beautiful art around San Francisco’s notorious North Beach region. Find a hidden envelope under a park bench, and scan a lost kitten poster to unlock a surprise. Track down a beloved fudge shop, investigate a secret public plaza for a hidden challenge, and find a secret agent sitting in a neighborhood cafe to whisper a codeword to them for a bonus clue. Discover a new side of the Mission and your teammates in this fun, quick-paced interactive game.

Run of show:
-Our expert hosts gathers the group together to warm up with an icebreaker and explain game rules
-We divide the group into teams of 6-12 players to compete against each other
-Each team gets a scavenger hunt packet with puzzles, clues, a playbox map, props, and more
-Teams huddle up to strategically plan their courses
-Teams race around taking creative team photos and checking off as many clues as possible before time runs out
-At the end of the game, we gather back together to announce the winning team(s) and outstanding submissions.

Scavenger hunts are a great team building and team bonding activity. Our games are designed by an MIT- and Stanford-educated neurobiologist with extensive experience in corporate team building. The challenges test the group’s communication, collaboration and consensus-building skills, and are always a fun adventure. Teams strategically plan their route, solve problems and puzzles, and submit innovative challenge photos and videos.

We’ve hosted over a thousand team-building events for hundreds of companies including Google, Capital One, Columbia University, Atlassian, and this scavenger hunt has been covered in CNN, ABC, and the SF Chronicle.


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.


$700 minimum

meet at your location

Game + mini-escape room (120 min)

4 to 200 people • 2 hr


In addition to the default game, we'll set up a location to install a mini-escape game with puzzles, lock boxes and clues.


$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 facilitators are fully vaccinated. Most of this event will be held outdoors in small groups. Game facilitators can wear masks upon request. 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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