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City Scavenger Hunts Give Clues To Iconic New York Sites

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Scavenger hunts around famous New York City landmarks have participants seeing the city in new ways while searching for clues. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

Many commuters in Grand Central Terminal seem to rush right through with blinders on.

"Everybody passes through Grand Central, everybody commutes through Grand Central, but we're going to show you something new and different that you might not have noticed before," says Rachel Duncan from Watson Adventures.

It's a twist on a childhood favorite.

"They’re not your typical scavenger hunts. Instead, you're answering tricky, fun questions about stuff you see along the way. So it’s sort of like a historical walking tour spiked with caffeine," Duncan says.

"I’ve probably been in this station maybe 100 times, and been in some rooms I never knew existed," says one scavenger hunt participant.

"There’s like a riddle that you have to solve. You go to a place, you have to try and find whatever piece of information solves your riddle or puzzle or whatever," another participant says.

Besides Grand Central, Watson Adventures operates scavenger hunts in such iconic New York haunts as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History and Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.

Weather permitting, hunts take place along the High Line and through neighborhoods, such as Greenwich Village, Soho and the East Village.

Many of the hunts are family-friendly, and one at the Met appeals in particular to Harry Potter fans.

"Opens up the museum for kids, so that they can see centaurs and griffins," Duncan says.

At Grand Central, the winning team gets a certificate for a future hunt, but there are other ways to score points.

"With 'best name,' so they got an extra point, 'The Corner of 42nd and Perplexington Avenue.' I though that was very clever," one hunt leader says.

NY1 doesn't have a clue how they came up with that.

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