What is a Quest?
Turn a walk into a treasure hunt while exploring the outdoors!
On the South Shore of Boston there are many outdoor treasure hunts for families and small groups to enjoy.
Each quest brings you to an outdoor trail where you can enjoy nature while looking for clues.
Quests start at a marked beginning point and include several clues hidden along the way. The last clue of each quest is a box containing a small guest book, a stamp pad, a rubber stamp, and answers to questions asked by curious "Questers". Once the box is found, participants stamp the back page of their Quest book (as proof of accomplishment), and may write or stamp in the guest book.
Each spring volunteers place the clues and boxes along the trails where they remain until late fall. Please let us know if a clue is missing by sending an email to email@example.com.
Click here to see the locations of the quests.
2013 South Shore Quests books
containing all of our quests will be available April 15th for $5.00:
Blue Hills Fitness 288 Wood Road 781-849-0444
Holly Hill Farm, 230 Jerusalem Road 781-383-1455
Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt Street 781-741-1405
Hull Public Library, 9 Main Street 781-925-2295
South Shore Audubon Society, 2000 Main Street 781-837-9400
South Shore Natural Science Center, Jacobs Lane 781-659-2559
The Turner Free Library, 2 North Main Street 781-961-0932
New England Wildlife Center, 500 Columbian Street 781-682-4878
Quest Season: April 15 - November 15
Welcome to the 2013 Questing season! As you do our quests, let us know your thoughts. Are there some Quests you found especially interesting? Did you run into any problems or trail changes? Did you see any outstanding flora or fauna? Sign our guestbook (Share) or send us an email.
Many thanks for Questing with us!
Two trails are open year round:
Whale & Sail Tales, Norwell
Trail updates for 2013
Before doing a quest, check below to see if there are any trail updates since the Quest book was published.
General Trail Updates
Bayside Explorer Quest: Due to a busy site and disappearing boxes, the Bayside Explorer is currently a boxless quest. All clues remain the same. Write your finished message in the space for the stamp.
A Walk on the Edge is currently closed due to construction. There is another free quest available at the South Shore Natural Science Center-Ring Quest.
Wheelwright Park Quest: Kiosk at beginning of the quest is no longer there, but needed sign is nearby. The four cut logs are now eight. Notice the uprooted trees with all the roots and rocks now visible.
SSNSC- Prowling the Periphery: Watch out for fallen trees in a couple of places, that need to be climbed over or crawled under.
New England Wildlife Center Quest: Due to construction, this quest is now boxless. Follow the clues to complete the quest, then write the completed phrase in the space for the stamp on page 69 of your Quest Book to receive credit towards your patch.