Kids love a good scavenger hunt, and there’s a FREE one in town that your whole family will enjoy throughout the year!
The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau is hosting a few feathered friends year-round in downtown Huntsville, and the first 300 people to find all 14 of them get a small but special prize.
We decided to try out the new Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt, and invited five families along to do some duck hunting!
One dozen bronze ducks have been securely placed around downtown Huntsville, within a 2-mile radius. A Lucky Duck clue card helps you along the way, and leads you to their locations. Each duck is located in a unique or historic spot in Huntsville, and it’s impossible to find all the ducks and not learn something new about where you live in the process.
How to Play
- Pick a day where you have about 2 hours to spend on the hunt; if you on a weekend downtown traffic won’t be as hard to navigate.
- Grab some friends and either pick up your Lucky Duck Clue Card at the Convention & Visitor’s Center on Church Street, or download it here.
- Pick a clue to get started and set out on foot, or if you have small kids, get ready for some brief drives around town.
- When you find all 14 bronze ducks, bring your clue card back to the CVB and everyone in your party will receive a Lucky Duck token (while supplies last!).
- Duck hunting is hungry work. You’ll have some time to grab something yummy from the delicious local restaurants downtown afterward.
I really loved the clues and how they ranged from easy to difficult. The hunt finds a way to be engaging for all ages, so no one in your family will be bored. Once your reach your duck destination finding the actual bronze duck can also be a bit challenging, but not frustratingly so. Your friends at the CVB can help you out if you need it – it’s like Where’s Waldo in your own city!
I also like that this hunt is something you can do when out-of-town friends or family visit, just to show them around Huntsville a bit. It would be a great activity for a Scout troop, Mom’s Group, or church youth group to do together too.
Because we had babies and a variety of children both big and small, the CVB was nice enough to secure a tour trolley for our hunt. Did you know you can contact the City of Huntsville’s Transportation Department and reserve trolley tours for private groups? How awesome and unique would a Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt Birthday Party be?
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Stephenie has worked with and around books and authors for over 12 years, both at retail booksellers and public libraries. She is a rare Huntsville native, mother of two high-energy boys, wife of one, and eerily addicted to community volunteering. When she's not being the Managing Editor for RCM she likes to stalk her favorite authors online, cook with way too much butter, and also manages to conduct freelance marketing and PR work.