Exploring a city should be an adventure, Urban Adventure Quest - review

When visiting a city on vacation, the major attractions get the most attention. For example, Chicago's Navy Pier, SkyDeck and Museum Campus are popular tourist attractions. But, these locations are just a few of the many places that comprise Chicago's vast history and culture. Even our family, who lives in the shadows of the Windy City, hasn't explored every aspect. A program like Urban Adventure Quest is a great way to see more than the top attractions. 

Urban Adventure Quest is where a scavenger hunt meets the Amazing Race.  Using the program on your smartphone, participants answer clues to take them on a tour of a city. The distance travel is roughly 2 miles on foot and takes 2-4 hours. 

Our family spent a Sunday doing the Urban Adventure Quest in Chicago. Starting in a centralized location, we began our game. The first clue sent us toward the river and a usually overlooked monument. About 20 questions and two hours later, our journey was complete. The kids enjoyed answering the questions, seeing other important structures to the city that are often overlooked, and hanging out as a family. 

The program suggests certain materials to bring with you and I would highly suggest bringing them. I was happy to have a pen and paper when we needed to do a word search (rather difficult on just a smart phone). Plus, this game is played on your phone. Make sure that your battery is fully charge and you have good coverage. 

Also, this game requires good communication and problem solving. Some of the questions were a little hard for young children. I would recommend preparing everyone for the walking aspect. If you have kids that get tired easy, make a plan for specific breaks. 

Urban Adventure Quest can be purchased online at http://www.urbanadventurequest.com/login.aspx. Depending on the location and duration of the quest, the cost varies. The Chicago quest costs $49.99.

If you are ready to put your problem solving skills to the test and explore a city, sign up for Urban Adventure Quest today. 

Disclosure: Our family was given the opportunity to try this product. All opinions are my own.


  1. That sounds like such a great way to make sure you get to see all the major attractions without going nuts trying to plan it yourself!

  2. Wow, this sounds amazing! Anything that involves Amazing Race is exciting to me! :)

  3. This is awesome! I live in a great historical tourist area and they need to get an adventure here. Fun! :)

  4. Our family loves adventures like this--it makes learning about the area into such a fun game!! great review-thanks

  5. This sounds like such an awesome thing to do as a family that's both fun and educational!