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The Pirates Treasure Hunt – “Imagine an escape room, the size of downtown Buffalo.”

Decipher clues with your friends and family, dress for the occasion, and discover hidden gems along the way.

Buffalo is about to experience its biggest escape room to date. Yes, we’ve seen some large scale scavenger hunts, but nothing quite like City Scavenger’s pirate-themed escapade that will have participants (donned in pirate clothing) searching for Cap’n Graybeard’s map that has been lost somewhere in Downtown Buffalo.

During the pandemic, just about everything came to a grinding halt, including escape rooms. For that reason, the idea of an outdoor treasure hunt has become more appealing than ever, especially one that is as colorful as this one.

“The Pirates Treasure Hunt is an entertaining experience that blends components of an escape room without being confined to an indoor space,” said Chief Creative and Event Producer, Steve Tishman. “City Scavenger uses proprietary technology to layout a virtual ‘where is it’ board game across the city and engages Swashbuckling Teams (composed of two to six participants), to explore various sites where ‘virtual’ pirates test your knowledge, your powers of deduction, and your creativity before providing pieces of the treasure map.  With each completed challenge, the teams earn points and collect map pieces to discover the secret location of the buried treasure; upon completion, bragging rights and prizes are awarded for the highest score, best-costumed team, and most creative team name.”

If you’ve been holding out for safe passage… now is your opportunity to get back to into the swashbuckling swing of things. On Saturday, August 14, friends and families are invited to partake in the The Pirates Treasure Hunt. Here’s all that you need to know:

The Pirates Treasure Hunt takes between 2.5 and 3 hours to find the treasure and is designed for teams of 2-6 Old Salts & Scallywags (adults and teens). Tickets are available for $50 per team (plus a $2.50 ticketing fee).

Lads & Lassies (kids under 12) who might like to join?  Great! They can participate for free. The Buffalo experience is scheduled for August 14th, with the first Pirates beginning at 10:00 a.m. Teams can begin their adventure between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., however, all Pirates must complete their Hunt by 4:00 p.m.

Partial proceeds will benefit The Compass House.

To experience an afternoon of fun, purchase your team ticket and challenge your friends and family to bring their own team

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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