What is a Quest?

DSC02137Turn a walk into a treasure hunt!

The South Shore of Boston has many outdoor treasure hunts for families and friends to enjoy. Each quest is an outdoor trail where you can enjoy nature while looking for clues.

Adventure for All Ages

You can find hidden parks, ponds, rivers and forests while on a quest, bringing you to new places in the South Shore area. All trails are appropriate for young children and some are marked for handicap access.

How it Works

Each quest has a marked beginning point and instructions that lead you from one location to the next along a trail. At each location you search for a clue in the form of a letter. Assemble all the letters to find the last clue – a box filled with a small guest book, a stamp pad, a rubber stamp, and answers to questions asked by curious “Questers”.

Be sure to stamp your own quest book using the stamp located in the box. Many set a goal each season to get a stamp from every quest trail!

patchEarn a Patch

Questers who have completed 6 Quests are eligible to receive a South Shore Quests Patch. Visit the Contact Us page for details.

New for 2017: Become a Super Quester

Questers who have completed every Quest in the booklet will be entered into a drawing to receive a certificate for a complimentary quest booklet.  Visit the Contact Us page for details.

Who Organizes Quests?

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 admin@southshorequests.org.

Where are the Quests located?

Take a look at the Quest book Table of Contents for the list of locations.


2018 trail updates

Quest Books

Where to buy your copy of the 2018 South Shore Quests book. Only $5 for hours of fun.

Holly Hill Farm, 236 Jerusalem Road 781-383-6565

Buttonwood Books and Toys, 747 Chief Justice Cushing Highway 781-383-2665

Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt Street 781-741-1405

South Shore Audubon Society, 2000 Main Street 781-837-9400
Ventress Memorial Library, 1837 Ocean St #15 781-834-5535

South Shore Natural Science Center, Jacobs Lane 781-659-2559
Norwell Public Library, 64 South Street 781-659-2015

New England Wildlife Center, 500 Columbian Street 781-682-4878