Spring Break is upon us, and whether you’re looking for new ideas for a Seattle area staycation, or you’ve got visitors to entertain, I’ve got the solution for you!
It’s called Stray Boots, and it’s part scavenger hunt and part walking tour. You play it on your phone, getting clues that send you to different spots on the tour of your choice.
My family and I played the Pike Place Market game, and we had the best time! What I loved most was discovering hidden gems and learning new-to-me trivia. I’ve lived in the greater South Sound my whole life, and my husband actually works just a few blocks from the market, so we were expecting most of it to be old hat. Honestly? With a couple exceptions, every clue took us to something we’d never noticed before. I also think a Stray Boots game would be a great way to explore a city you’re visiting for the first time, or a super fun way to entertain the in-laws. Because the Stray Boots clues give you specific destinations, you can eliminate all that awkward standing around, trying to figure out what to do next.
Both our boys enjoyed ducking in and out the shops and looking for the answers to the riddles. I do think it will be most fun for school age kids old enough to read and patient enough to walk. The tour took us three hours, including some time for a snack break (SFM hint: If everywhere is swamped, go get a little sausage in the Bavarian Meat place. They’ve added seating, and when we stopped in there were only about four other people, as opposed to the masses everywhere else). Of course, your adventure can be shorter or longer. Because you’re on your own, you can take as long for lunch or breaks as you want.
Now, there are a couple of things to keep in mind if you do the Pike Place Market tour. First, as I’m sure you know, the aisles are narrow, and it’s crowded all year ’round. I would not try to do this with small children or a stroller in a million years. If you have one in that group, Stray Boots has several other Seattle tours you might want to try-or save this outing for a cool date night or an adventure with your older kiddos.
You’ll also need to pay to park (We just use the garage next door), and you’ll probably want some cash for food and a souvenir or two. Finally, don’t forget your hand sanitizer. It’s the market-’nuff said.
If you’d like to try a Stray Boots adventure, you just head to the site and pick out the game of your choice. Right now, they’re offering a discount on the Pioneer Square tour, and I’m excited to announce that the Seattle area is one of the first to be able to play it as an iPhone app!
Disclosure: We were thrilled to have Stray Boots sponsor this post. The opinions (and cute kid) are my own.