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New York City Scavenger Hunt Ideas

The endless urban jungle of New York City has been the site of rich history and architectural marvel. As the most densely populated city in the United States, it's no wonder that it's home to a number of landmarks recognized by people all around the world.

We've selected our favourite NYC scavenger hunt locations and listed them below. These would be perfect additions to any photo scavenger hunt or as check-in locations for an urban adventure race taking place in the Big Apple.

If you're using GooseChase to run your event, you can even add this list to your game as GPS-enabled scavenger hunt missions! Still planning your scavenger hunts on paper? Take a look at our How It Works page to see how easy it is to get started on GooseChase!

New York City GooseChase Mission Ideas

  • Chrysler Building - This building was the tallest in the world for a mere 11-months before being overtaken by the Empire State Building.

  • Empire State Building - This 102-story Art Deco skyscraper stands over 400 meters tall.

  • Grand Central Terminal - This distinctive rail terminal is one of the world's ten most visited attractions, and has more platforms than any other train station in the world!

  • Madison Square Garden - Home of the New York Knicks and the New York Rangers, this Arena sitting atop Pennsylvania Station hosts some of the world's highest-billed sports events and concerts.

  • MoMA - Head over to the Museum of Modern Art, commonly recognized as one of the largest and most influential modern art museums in the world.

  • Rockefeller Plaza - Prometheus Statue - This Gilded, cast bronze sculpture by Paul Manship is located above the lower plaza at Rockefeller Centre. If you're here around Christmas time, just find your way to the base of the giant Christmas Tree in order to find it!

  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - The iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building is home to some of the world's most important Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art pieces.

  • St. Patrick's Cathedral (Manhattan) - Located directly across from Rockefeller Center, this Neo-Gothic cathedral church is a welcoming contrast to the steel and glass skyscrapers of Manhattan.

  • Times Square - Sometimes referred to as "The Crossroads of the World", Times square is one of the world's busiest pedestrian spots and heart of the Broadway Theatre District

  • Statue of Liberty - It takes a ferry ride to get out to Liberty Island and stand at the base of Lady Liberty!

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Be sure to also check out our other city-based scavenger hunt lists and theme-based scavenger hunt ideas!