This review is for the Urban Adventure Quest-Dallas Arts District
Retail cost: $49 per team (2-5 team members) Discounts are available for military, non-profit groups, and schools. There is also a discount code on the website for $5 off.
Others costs: Parking was $15 at the lot at the beginning of our Quest.
Our team included three teens (14, 15, 17) and two parents.
This is from the Urban Adventure Quest website
There is no specific age requirement and in fact, the Quest appeals to a wide range of ages. When determining whether the Quest would be appropriate for a specific age or person, consider that the Quest is generally a walking tour that can range between 2-3 miles and take 2-4 hours depending on your pace of play. The distance and time estimate of each Quest Location is listed on the individual City pages.
Our quest was 1.75 miles, on city sidewalks. There are a few places that involved stairs. It seemed accessible for the most part, although there was some construction around one of the sites we visited. However, for interest and attention, I would say that it would be best for upper elementary and older. The time estimate for our quest was 2-2 ½ hours. We completed it in 1 hour 20 minutes.
The puzzles and clues involved were often multi –step and required some knowledge that younger kids might not have. Puzzles included codes, word puzzles, following geographic directions, spelling skills and knowledge of some Texas trivia. In short, I would include a younger family member on a team, but I perhaps would not take a group of 8 year old youth group members to attempt this.
Things to bring: Sunscreen, water, fully charged phone, paper and pencil
We had a lot of fun on our Quest. 2 out of 3 of the teens in the group were very engaged (the third teen followed us and mostly pretended to not know us). The puzzles were involved enough to get us all interested, without frustrating us.
With one exception.
One clue directed us to find a statue and find the number that she was looking at. There was an obvious “700” on the wall in front of her. We entered “700”. It was incorrect. Then we noticed that is said to spell out the “two words” so we entered “seven hundred”. It was still wrong. I tried it one more time just to make sure that I hadn’t misspelled it and it was still wrong. I finally hit the “skip” button and received a message that the answer was “USS Dallas”. This ended up being the only puzzle we missed and one of two that we required multiple attempts to get to the answer.
The Quest is completed on your own schedule. You don’t have to enter any buildings, so it can be enjoyed any day or time. We visited well known sites in the Dallas Arts District, including Meyerson Symphony Center, Cathedral Guadalupe, Trammel Crow Center, Dallas Art Museum, and Klyde Warren Park. The Quest was an easy, level walk on downtown sidewalks.
An important consideration when doing a Quest in Texas is the weather. We lucked out that our late June adventure, was in the mid 80’s and beautiful. However, the downtown temperature was 10 degrees warmer. That could be unbearable on a warmer day.
As you finish each puzzle (we had 17, plus 3 bonus puzzles), you receive points. At the end of the quest, your score and time it took to complete the quest appear on a leaderboard.
We enjoyed our family outing and it was a nice alternative for my gamers to be competitive AND be outside walking around. We would definitely do it again, but maybe swap out one of our team members.
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