Scavenger hunt tour promotes Old Town Temecula with smartphone guided tour

Adventurers can explore Old Town Temecula with a fun, new smartphone app while learning history along the way. Courtesy photo
Adventurers can explore Old Town Temecula with a fun, new smartphone app while learning history along the way. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Now there is a new way to explore Old Town Temecula. Part game, part walking tour, Urban Adventure Quest is an interactive scavenger hunt adventure that navigates teams through Old Town as they solve clues and complete challenges, while seeing sights and learning local history.

A Reality Rally sponsor and pit stop on game day, Urban Adventure Quest created a mini Quest in Old Town that can be played 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. The Temecula Urban Adventure Quest tour typically lasts between 1 and 1.5 hours, making this mini Quest the perfect outing for friends, families and those looking to do something different. Whether a longtime local or a visitor in town for just a few hours, Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive walking experience, which is like being on your very own Amazing Race-like adventure.

Urban Adventure Quest is different from other scavenger hunt tours in one critical way. All route directions, hints and game information are provided to participants through the use of their smartphone. The Company’s Web-based software guides teams during their Quest, while keeping track of points and time. Participants play on their own schedule and at their own pace. The tour is purchased online for one low price of $30 per team. Team size can be up to 5 people per team.

The Temecula mini Quest starts in front of the Temecula Visitor Center on Mercedes Street and takes players on a walking tour including City Hall, Boot Hill, Sam Hick’s Monument Park and the Temecula Museum. Because the tour includes challenging puzzles and games, it doesn’t matter if you’ve lived in Temecula all your life, you’ll still find the game to be a fun adventure, and locals may even learn a thing or two.

Visitors love the Quest as a great way to be introduced to Old Town and the history of the area. The game also makes recommendations for places to find food and refreshing drinks along the way.

In April 2015, The Urban Adventure Quest team participated in Temecula’s Reality Rally, creating a unique pit stop for the participants, and is scheduled to be a pit stop again in 2016.

“Gillian Larson puts on such an amazing event each year that we just had to become involved,” said owner, Christie Walker. “Besides raising money for a great cause, it was just a lot of fun. It was Gillian who encouraged our team to create a full Quest here in Temecula and we’re glad we did. There was so much history here that it was a breeze creating the new game.”

The scavenger hunt adventures are also perfect for company team building events as well. Divide your group into teams of 4 or 5 people and compete against each other. A 20 percent discount is available when companies purchase 5 or more teams at a time.

“We’ve had great success with the teambuilding model, with corporate groups from companies including: Disney, Taco Bell, Home Depot, Alaska Airlines and more,” said Walker.

The game keeps track of the points of each team and posts the teams’ scores and times on the Leaderboard for that individual city, making it easy to declare a winner for your group.

“Group quests have also been purchased for birthday parties, family reunions, bachelorette parties and even wedding proposals. We’ve had three people use our Quest to propose marriage during the game. We just love that,” said Walker.

Family owned and operated, the Urban Adventure Quest team travels the country creating scavenger hunt tours in popular urban locales including: Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Big Bear Lake, California; Boston, Massachusettes; Catalina Island, California; Chicago, Illinois: Dallas, Texas.; Denver, Col.; Fort Worth, Texas,; Hollywood, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California; New York, New York; New Orleans, Louisiana; Sacramento, California; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, California; San Francisco, California; and Vancouver, British Columba, Canada; and Washington, DC.

“While there are a number of one-day adventure race events happening in cities around the U.S., you need to be in a particular city, on a particular day, or you miss out. There was nothing out there with the flexibility to be played on the customer’s schedule. And so we created Urban Adventure Quest. You pick the city. You pick day. You pick the pace of play,” said Walker.

Whether enjoying a Quest for the fun of the game or simply as a way to tour and explore a city, Urban Adventure Quest will allow those who participate a chance to experience a city in a whole new way.

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