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The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery

Is an amazing way to see St. Augustine Florida. Whether it's you first visit or you've lived here you entire life, there is something new for you to discover in St. Augustine with over 10,000 years of documented history, and The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery is the way to find it! We dive deep to bring you the unique and untold histories and mysteries of the Nations Oldest City. While challenging you with clues, puzzles and

We dive deep to bring you the unique and untold histories and mysteries of the Nations Oldest City. While challenging you with clues, puzzles and We dive deep to bring you the unique and untold histories and mysteries of the Nations Oldest City. 

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What is The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery?

verb: The action of having an amazing time hunting clues, solving puzzles, and immersing yourself in the history and mysteries of the Oldest City. The 13 Keys Scavenger is known to evoke excitement, enjoyment, and a sense of accomplishment, as well as gaining an astute knowledge of St. Augustine.

In other words, it's really, really fun and you'll be smarter when you're done.

History Scavenger Hunt

Archives of the Old City - Unlock the history, solve riddles, and complete challenges while exploring St Augustine's historical locations on our fun and factual History Hunts for all ages. Hunts average 2.25 miles.
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Haunted Scavenger Hunt

Hauntings in Old St Augustine - Our Haunted Hunts are a spooky way to explore St. Augustine's ghostly side at your own pace. Solve clues and learn about the ghosts of the Oldest City. Our Haunted Hunts are creepy and fun for all ages. Hunts average 1.5 miles.
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St Augustine Scavenger Hunt

Lovely St Augustine - This scavenger hunt is filled with beautiful architecture, secret gardens, & romantic spots to take in the beauty of St. Augustine. The Lovely St. Augustine Scavenger Hunt is geared for all ages and fun for everyone. Singles, couples, and even groups will fall in love with St. Augustine on this scavenger!  
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Highly recommend...

"Our family ranged in age from 7 weeks old to 58 and we had a great time! With the current coronavirus scare it was particularly great because the scavenger hunt took place outside, we didn’t have to touch anything except what they gave us (and they informed us that they personally sanitized it). They were informative on the duration and distance. If you’re a drinking family like ours, we highly recommend booking early afternoon and taking your time, breaking up the walking with some sit down time and drinks. Highly recommend this experience."

Sherii
United States

Interactive and informative...

"The scavenger hunt was not only interactive and informative but challenging enough to require concentration which made it fun. I got a two hour tour of the city and saw lots of sites that helped me determine what I wanted to do with the rest of my time here. What really stood out is the character of the hosts. It began raining during my scheduled hunt time and we had to call it quits less than halfway through. Heather went above and beyond, allowing us to finish the next day which was no only a holiday, but a day they aren't typically open for the scavenger hunt. Lastly, she gave us advice where to find a good brunch spot. She recommended a French/Greek bistro off the beaten path which ended up being FANTASTIC. My girlfriend and I got a hell of a value with this booking!"

Zach
United States

This scavenger hunt was perfect...

"Super fun way to see and learn about St. Augustine. It was our first time to visit the bustling city of St. Augustine and we wanted to get to know about the city in a unique way! This scavenger hunt was perfect! It would be for all ages but it does require patience with each other and to just enjoy the experience. The hunt is well thought out and easy to follow but just interesting enough to keep you engaged! We learned lots! The hosts, Steve and Heather, were Amazing! "
Rebecca
United States

We are still talking about it...

"Don't Miss It! A clever and super-fun way to explore and learn about St. Augustine. Heather and Steve are delightful hosts and stay in touch with you during your exploration. We spent closer to 3 hrs. (and happily so!) and didn't feel we were off the mark speed-wise. It's just great fun and we are still talking about it. St. Augustine is the perfect place for this kind of introduction."
Bronwen
United States

We had a blast...

"13 Keys Scavenger Hunt is a super fun way to get to know St Augustine! We had a blast, made new friends and learned a lot!"
Carla
United States

Great adventure...

"This was a fun way to see parts of the city that I might have missed otherwise! Great adventure."

Laraine
United States

Origins of the Scavenger Hunt...

Scavenger Hunts historically came from ancient folk games and surfaced in the United States in the 1930's as a popular party game. d some would say their most memorable family activities were game nights or some other equally engaging family activity they spent an obsessive amount of time playing.

Scavenger Hunt in St. Augustine

What is a typical Scavenger Hunt?

A typical scavenger hunt is built around a theme while searching in a location or looking for a series of locations trying to find the items on the list. One favorite feature of this list was scavenger hunts in camping grounds, grandparents’ homes or across town. Getting through your scavenger hunt list and finding the most items was the highest achievement then and still is today.
A scavenger hunt is a game consisting of a list of specific and unusual items which participants have to find and gather through borrowing or taking pictures of them without purchasing them. The scavenger hunters work in small teams with the winner being the team that finds the most items within the shortest time.

How a Scavenger Hunt works.

It involves a concept and a location or a series of locations. There’s a list of items scavenger hunters will be required to find, ask for, or take pictures or videos of.

Why are Scavenger Hunts great?

They are a great way to build lasting family memories, see new places, and possibly meet new people. Scavenger Hunts are fun for all skill levels and ages.

Scavenger hunts are often suited to any player's ability. They are a great exercise for the mind and body.  The physicality of searching from place to place along with the mental stimulation of trying to understand the hunt and finding the necessary items and or locations. Scavenger hunts can be a great team-building exercise or for the individual hunter, a great way to build self-reliance since you have to work to find items, as well as solve puzzles and challenges to complete the game.

Scavenger hunts are a hands-on learning experience that builds problem solving skills and increases memory retention. Hunters get to test out their sharpness and utilize taught methods in a tangible way.

The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery just raised the bar...

Explore famous sights and hidden gems around St. Augustine with this scavenger hunt across 13 "key" locations. wind around town and take in the breathtaking architecture, famous landmarks, and picturesque locations and make exciting discoveries as you answer questions and solve riddles, several exciting puzzles and challenges.

2-2.5 hours of fun in one unforgettable adventure is what The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery is all about.
Get into teams and explore the heart of St Augustine while finding each of the 13 "key" locations. Show off your teams’ creativity with gameplay selfie pictures as you reach each checkpoint. Test your teamwork skills on the scavenger hunt while our team assists with any questions as well as provides encouragement. There’s a provided clue kit, answer sheet and a compass carefully selected to make your scavenger hunt an absolute success.
Made for every type of adventurer. Pick from either the History version for the history enthusiasts or the Ghostly version if spookiness is your forte. The hunts typically take 2-2.5 hours to complete. Explore the culture, art & history of St, Augustine with The 13 Keys St. Augustine Scavenger Hunt that takes you through an exciting journey of discovery, riddles and on-location hidden items. It is up to your group whether your scavenger hunt is a race to the finish or a leisurely day of discovery.

The hunt is on and The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery just made it exciting!

Discover what you haven't seen in St Augustine?

The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery is a great way to discover what you possible haven't seen in St Augustine. New places to explore or just the beauty of a hidden garden, details in the architecture or the creepiness of exploring a unknown burial ground.

Come play and see what you find! 

Exploring St. Augustine

The 13 Keys Is the Top Rated Thing to Do In Saint Augustine, Florida

If you're looking for a fun, exciting way to explore Saint Augustine, Florida, 13 keys Scavenger Hunts is the perfect solution for new visitors or even those who have lived in this historic city their entire lives. Saint Augustine is the oldest city in the United States, located on the northeast coast of Florida. It's well known for its Spanish architecture, beautiful sandy beaches, and protected wildlife sanctuaries. There is a lot to learn and explore in the historic city of Saint Augustine.

What Are The 13 Keys Scavenger Hunts?

The 13 Keys is a scavenger hunt with various types to choose from, such as a History Scavenger Hunt, Bar Crawl Scavenger Hunt, Nights of Lights Holiday Scavenger Hunt, Romance of Saint Augustine, or even a Nightly Ghostly Scavenger Hunt.

Each of our scavenger hunts includes a clue kit, compass, and an answer sheet, taking on average 2.5 hours to complete while exploring 1.5-2.5 miles. It's an excellent activity for a family outing or to play with a group of friends. Plus, you'll be learning so much about the historic St Augustine Area. The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery is a creative, interactive way to explore every inch of the charming town of St. Augustine FL that is seemingly frozen in time.

The 13 Keys is a Interactive Way to Unlock Saint Augustine’s Past

While there are many tours available in Saint Augustine, such as City Tours, Wine and Beer Tours, or Ghost Tours, none of them allow you to go at your own pace and truly enjoy the city. With The 13 Keys Scavenger and Mystery, you're sure to have a fantastic time immersing yourself in the mysteries and history of the oldest city. Book one of our scavenger hunts today and experience one of the best things to do in Saint Augustine.

Places to Explore and Things to See While In St. Augustine

Castillo de San Marcos:

You can't talk about Saint Augustine without mentioning The Castillo de San Marcos. The fort took over 23 years to build, with construction finishing in 1965. Many historical events have happened at the Monument, including the imprisonment of Seminole tribe leader Chief Osceola. The fort was built to protect the town and city structures from unwanted visitors. Over the last 300 years, it has remained strong through storms and enemy attacks. Today, the fort is open to the public to explore and visit its beautiful grounds. With 13 keys, you'll learn more about the thrilling past of the Castillo de San Marcos.

Flagler College:

The first-ever hotel created in Saint Augustine, called the Ponce de Leon, was a significant draw to the city in the late 1800s. The hotel was designed to be prestigious, with many wealthy elites coming to stay for months at a time. The hotel was built with impressive architecture that was handcrafted along with a well-kept garden area. More than 40 years ago, the original building was transformed into what is known now as Flagler College. The campus is open to explore if you want to feel like you took a step back in time. However, the walls hold some exciting secrets and surprises, as you'll learn in your 13 Keys Scavenger Hunt.

Lightner Museum:

The Lightner Museum is full of some of the world's most unique items, from stained glass and crystal to shrunken heads and mummies. The hotel was initially opened in the late 1800s and went by the name of the Alcazar hotel. It featured countless amenities to keep guests entertained, such as tennis courts, bowling alleys, massage parlors, casinos, a steam room, and even the largest indoor swimming pool in the world. After the hotel closed in the mid-1900s, it became home to the Lightner Museum, featuring shops around the courtyard and giant ponds of koi fish. You can walk around this spot and see the attention to detail in the museum's architecture and remarkable history. There are some hidden gems that not many know about in the Lightner museum featured in the 13 Keys scavenger hunt.

Historic Saint George Street:

Historic Saint George Street is full of cozy restaurants, quaint shops, and art galleries and is considered the heart of the downtown area. The pedestrian-only street will give you an idea of what the Old City looked like when it was first settled, as residents are not allowed to modify the original building's architecture. Some of the most famous spots along the route include the Oldest Wooden SchoolHouse, built more than 200 years ago, the Cathedral Basilica, the oldest church in Florida, and the Pena-Peck house, which the King of Spain constructed! While you might not learn the history from the outside appearance, many of the buildings on Saint George street have a colorful past that's worth exploring.
Photo Credit: Ice Plant Facebook

Ice Plant:

Ice Plant is a warehouse that was transformed into a bar. Sipping a drink at this location makes you feel like you've stepped back into the 1920s. Plus, all their beverages are handcrafted, with unique concoctions featured on their menu.
Photo Credit: Visit St Augustine

Scarlett O'Hara's:

This famous porch pub was named after a favorite heroine. The southern-style food and drinks make this bar a refreshing spot to drink and enjoy live music.
Photo Credit: Totally St Augustine @prettyoldcity

Stogies Jazz Club:

The cigar smoke and dim lighting bring a jazz club vibe to this cute little spot. Stogies has a full wine selection and microbrews that can be paired with your favorite cigar. Sit inside to listen to music, relax on the cozy couches, or enjoy the outside fire pits.
Photo Credit: tini-martini-bar.com

Tini Martini:

Located inside the charming Casablanca Inn, expect to have the most delicious martini in a relaxed, open-air environment. Tini-Martini is located right across from the waterfront and provides gorgeous views.

The Oldest Jail:

If you want to feel the ultimate supernatural stories firsthand, you need to experience the Old Jail. It's one of the most haunted locations in the city. The Old city jail was constructed in 1891 and housed prisoners in inhumane conditions. Some of the most dangerous criminals in the world were housed in the jail's maximum-security area, with multiple men being hung from the gallows.
Photo Credit: Totally St Augustine

Huguenot Cemetery:

This cemetery was opened in 1821 and is the resting place for anyone who was not of the Catholic faith. Many who rest in this ceremony were victims of the horrible yellow fever disease that swept over the town. The cemetery holds over 430 bodies in its ground and allowed burials until 1884. Ghosts frequently haunt the cemetery both in the day and the night. With our Haunted Hunt, you'll learn all about the famous souls who rest in the Huguenot Cemetery.
Photo Credit: Spanish Military Hospital Museum Facebook

Spanish Military Hospital:

The Spanish Military Hospital was built on top of a Timucuran burial ground, which are the Indians who were native to the Saint Augustine area. Visitors often see patients in hospital gowns, hear screams or cries, and notice the outline of bodies lying in beds. When you enter the hospital, you may feel the presence of souls or a heavy, sad aura in the room.

Did you know St Augustine was founded in 1565?

How long ago was that? William Shakespeare was born and Michelangelo died the previous year in 1564 and more than two centuries before the American Revolutionary War.

Yeah, think on that for a minute.

St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S.

The city of Saint Augustine, Florida, is known for more than its fantastic weather, beaches, dining, and shopping. With over 400 years of culture and history, Saint Augustine is home to the Nation's Oldest City. From the founding of Saint Augustine to the recent celebration of its 450th birthday in 2005, there is a lot of rich history to explore in this charming city. We've broken down the history of Saint Augustine to fully understand its rich history.

1492

The Queen of Castile, Isabella I, sent Christopher Columbus to claim the Spice Islands for Spain. He landed in the Bahamas in October of 1492 and claimed the surrounding land for Spain. This was considered the first discovery by the Europeans of America.

1494

The Treaty of Tordesillas was signed in 1494 by King John II of Portugal and the Catholic monarchs of Castile and Aragon. The agreement divided the newly discovered world between the two powers. Spain was awarded all land lying west of the Cape Verde Islands. However, they didn't know at that point the extent of the territory they had divided up.

1513

Juan Ponce De Leon, from Spain, discovered the coast of Florida. He arrived on the Florida coast on April 2nd, 1513, after leaving Puerto Rico on March 4th with his three ships Santa Maria de la Consolacion, the San Cristobal, and the Santiago. Juan Ponce De Leon named the territory La Florida to honor the Spanish Festival of Flowers, known as Pascua Florida, and the Easter season.

1521

Ponce de Leon decided to return to Florida in 1521 to establish a colony between the Florida West Coast Charlotte Harbor and the Caloosahatchee River. He took over 200 colonists and two ships. However, the Calusa Tribe attacked the colonists as soon as they came onshore, which led to the colonists returning to Havana. Ponce de Leon died there because of a poisoned arrow shot at him by the Calusa Tribe.

1564

Rene de Laudonniere established Fort Caroline, in the Saint Augustine area, for France.

1565

When Spain's King, Phillip II, learned that the French had settled on the Spanish lands, he sent over Pedro Menendez de Aviles to Florida to take back their land. Pedro Menendez de Aviles arrived in Florida with 1500 men and ten ships. He officially settled Saint Augustine and destroyed Fort Caroline's settlement along with the French men left behind, fulfilling his duties to the King.

1668

Saint Augustine was raided in May 1668 by the English pirate Robert Searle. They murdered sixty residents, sold non-Hispanics into slavery, and ransomed off hostages.

1669

After hearing of Saint Augustine's attack by the English, Queen Regent Mariana ordered that a fort made from stone be built in Saint Augustine. The governor of Florida was ordered to prepare the defenses for British attack and oversee the fort's construction.

1672

Construction of the Castillo de San Marcos officially began in 1672. Coquina was used to build the fort, which made it fire resistant and completely impenetrable. It took over 23 years to finish and remained active until the year 1900. It still survives today as the oldest surviving fort in the United States.

1686

French pirates try to land at Matanzas Inlet, but the Spanish are able to stop them from landing ashore.

1690

Construction of the first sea wall began.
Photo Credit: National Army Museum

1702

Queen Anne's War in America, also called the War of Spanish Succession, combined France and Spanish against Great Britain, Austria, and other European powers. The English-led attack, by Colonial James Moore, was able to burn down St. Augustine's city and Indian missions. However, they failed to take over the Castillo de San Marcos and returned to England without claiming Florida. In the same year, the Saint Augustine City Gates were constructed.

1728

British Colonel John Palmer, along with 200 British soldiers, attacked Saint Augustine. A Yamassee mission, Nombre de Dios, was burned during the attack, but the city was able to stay intact thanks to the protection of the defense walls.

1740

The War of Jenkins Ear began because of the mistreatment of the English traders by the Spanish Coast Guard, specifically the loss of an ear by Captain Jenkins. This led Robert Walpole of England to declare war on Spain. General James Oglethorpe tried to siege Saint Augustine with over 1,000 men in June of 1740 but had to call it off because they could not get inside the fort.

1742

The Spanish completed Fort Matanzas with Engineer Ruiz to guard the back entrance to Saint Augustine. The fort is located on Rattlesnake Island and guards the inlet with very few staff. It was declared a National Landmark in 1924, and the remains can still be visited today.
Photo Credit: National Army Museum

1756

England enters Seven Years War against France. Spanish allies with France through this battle.

1763

The Treaty of Paris was signed to end the Seven Years War on February 10th of 1763. Spain regained control of the Philippines, Louisiana, and Cuba but ceded Minorca and Florida to the British.

1764

The Spanish inhabitants of Saint Augustine left in accordance with the Treaty of Paris. Most go to Cuba. The British divide Florida into West and East Florida. The British ruled Florida until 1783.
Photo Credit: HowardZinn.org

1764

The American Revolution began with the first shot fired on the Lexington Battlefield on April 18th, 1775.

1790

Spain allows Americans to immigrate to Florida.

1808

Saint Augustine residents erected the coquina blocks known as the City Gates and the Cubo Line. The city gates still exist today, with portions of the Cubo line still marking the beginning of St. George Street, which is considered the heart of Saint Augustine.

1845

Florida officially became the 27th state on March 3rd, 1845. Florida was named a slave state and maintained an economy based on plantations, producing sugar and cotton.

1862

Union sailors and marines took Confederate hold of Saint Augustine in March of 1862 until the end of the Civil War in 1865

1874

The Saint Augustine lighthouse was finished, replacing an earlier Spanish Lighthouse from the early 1690s. The tower is still used today, standing at 161 feet tall with 219 steps to the top.

1885

Henry Flagler purchases three Florida Railroads, the St. Augustine, Halifax river, and the Jacksonville. This is known as the start of the Florida East Coast Railroad.

1887

The Ponce de Leon Hotel was completed. It featured 540 rooms in the hotel, which is now home to Flagler College. It had technology never seen in a hotel, such as an electric clock, elevators, indoor plumbing, and electricity. At the same time, the Alcazar Hotel was built by Henry Flagler.

1888

The construction of the Casa Monica Hotel was completed by Franklin Smith, a Boston architect, in January of 1888. Henry Flagler purchased the Casa Monica three months after it had opened and renamed it the Cordova Hotel. It was open until the early 1930s and was converted into a courthouse.

1889

Henry Flagler constructs a railroad that connects New York to Saint Augustine.

1914

In April of 1914, a giant fire swept through Saint Augustine. It spread from the Florida house to Hypolita Street. It burned down four hotels, private and public homes, as well as the Court House. The courthouse and the historical society lost their documents and collections.

1924

Fort Matanzas and the Castillo de San Marcos are declared National Monuments.

1927

The Bridge of Lions was built by J.E. Greiner Company and took two years to complete. It connects Saint Augustine's downtown historic district with Anastasia Island.

1948

Otto C Lightner purchases the Alcazar Hotel to store his collection of Victoriana. The Lightner Museum was officially opened in 1948 and donated to the city. It features collections of Egyptian mummies, geological artifacts, and Victorian wares.

1965

The city of Saint Augustine celebrated its 400th birthday. The Saint Augustine Amphitheater was built to commemorate and is still used today as a farmer's market and concert venue.

1968

Flagler College was founded in 1968. The university took over the original Ponce de Leon hotel, turning it into a functional college campus.

1987

The Archaeology Preservation Ordinance is drafted to collect Saint Augustine's history before any land can be developed.

2015

Saint Augustine celebrates its 450th celebration with fireworks, historical re-enactments, concerts, art exhibits, and street parties.

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