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How It Works

What is the treasure?

There are several options:

Real Gold Flakes:

Real gold?  Yes, when they make sheets of gold leaf, they trim the edges so that the sheets are square, and we buy those trimmings.  Then we put them in a 3 inch glass vial.

You can also put a customized label on the gold vial; it can be a name, or Happy Birthday, or anything you want up to 28 characters.  If you want several gold vials with different names on them, just list the names with commas between, and we will know to put one name on each vial.

Authentic Antique Coin Treasures:

Upgrades include real silver coins from the late 1800's or early 1900's. We selected these coins because they look and feel different than modern coins. These coins make a great collector's item. For the coins, you have two options:

A real silver dollar from 1929 or before, or a complete set of coins from 1929 or before which includes a silver dollar, half dollar, quarter, dime, nickel and penny. 

What about a marriage proposal?

If you are looking for a unique and creative way to propose, let us put your marriage proposal inside your hidden treasure. Please contact us to discuss the details.  top

Where is the treasure hidden?

If we tell you it may ruin your treasure hunt, is that really what you want?  Just be assured, that when you are done with your treasure hunt, you will get to discover where it is hidden, in the meantime, be assured that it is in a secure location and no one else is going to “pick it up”.  top

Can I personalize the treasure Hunt package?

Yes!  top

Personalizing the Clue Letter

The clue letter can be addressed to whomever you choose “To:”, and/or the author of the letter “From:” can be chosen.  Just remember that the letter is written from the point of view of a member of the Double Key Treasure Hunt Society who wrote it in 1929.  If you would like the date changed or the author to not be a member of the Double Key Treasure Hunt Society, then instruct us in the comment box provided.  As always, you can contact us to discuss the details.

Personalizing the label on the vial of gold flakes

The vial of gold flakes comes with a label that says “Double Key Treasure Hunts” in the standard kit. You can customize the label on the gold vial.  You can put anything you want on it up to 28 characters.  Customers have put things like their last name or the name of their children, “Happy Birthday”, or my favorite “to the Best Parents in the World”. If you want several gold vials with different names on them, just list the names with commas between, and we will know to put one name on each vial.

A personalized card included with the treasure

The treasure comes with a congratulation letter, but you can add a personalized card. The card is 2 ¾ by 3 ½ , you write the text. We have had some very touching ones, husbands going off to war, marriage proposals, and this one which was combined with a personalized letter and picture.

A personalized picture

Want your treasure hunt to be from your Great Grandma or Grandpa? You can e-mail us the picture and we will include a copy of it in your treasure hunt package.  top

What is the difference between the Antique and Reproduction Treasure Hunt Packages?

The “Antique Package” has real antiques mixed with a few reproduction pieces and the “Reproduction Package” has all reproduction pieces.  We carefully create the reproduction pieces to have the look and feel of the real thing. Compare the two photos at left, the top picture has an example of reproduction pieces and the bottom has authentic antiques.

The Antique Package costs more, because the antiques cost more.  If you love antiques or want to pass this off as something truly created by someone back in the early 1900’s, we recommend the antique package, if you just want to enjoy the adventure, the reproduction package is a great choice.  top

How long does it take to get a treasure hunt package / Can I “rush” an order?

  • At least 5 business days from time of purchase until day you would like it delivered for the small package
  • At least 10 business days for large packages. 
  • Free in-house rush orders are available for those who would like their package sent the same day they are ordered. This applies when Express Mail or FedEx Overnight shipping is purchased. Orders must be placed no later than 2 PM MST (10 AM if you are trying for express mail) and you must contact us at 1 (800) 494-3183 to check for availability that day.  top

What should I know about shipping?

You can choose from

  • Priority Mail - takes 5-10 days and is free
  • Express Mail - takes 2-3 days and is $39.95
  • FedEx Standard Overnight - will be delivered the next business day by 3 PM and is $75. Note that this means if it is sent on Friday, it will not get there until Monday. 

Priority Mail and Express Mail is delivered by your regular mail carrier. Express mail will often go overnight when a package is sent before noon, except around holidays, however, this is not guaranteed.

We also can ship to your hotel.  top

What you need to know if you are flying

Please plan on packing your treasure hunt in your checked baggage. With security the way it is, they may not like everything in your treasure hunt package, and you will need everything!  If you aren’t checking a bag, you may want us to send your package to your hotel instead of to your home.  top

Are Admission fees included?

No. For the most part we have tried to select family-friendly locations that have no or low admission prices. If the package has locations with admission fees, it will be indicated in the package description.  top

What if we can't figure out the clues?

The guidebook has complete instructions and hints, so you don't have to worry. Here is a sample of a typical clue:

The New Cathedral in St. Louis is highlighted with gold
The number of angels in the central dome is untold.
Go to the sanctuary and count them one by one
Then enter the number here when you are done:

If you go to the New Cathedral in St. Louis and count the angels in the central dome, you would discover that there are sixteen. You would write "sixteen" in the spaces provided.

Additionally, the guidebook includes a solution section at the end with all the answers. It is sealed so you don't see it by accident.  top

How long does it take to complete a treasure hunt?

It really depends on you and how you want the sightseeing to go. 

If you want to complete this quickly, say in 4-6 hours, plan ahead and study maps of the locations the treasure hunt has clues at, and decide where you think the answers to the clues might be. You could make the planning part of your treasure hunt by including all participants (even children) in the strategy meeting. The hints in the guide book can help you narrow down where to look.  The Daniel Claybrook treasure hunt is by far our longest, even with strategy, expect it to take at least 6 hours.

If you want to really see the sights, you could easily spend an entire afternoon in any one of the locations, spreading out the treasure hunt over several days. You could even plan to do one sight a week if you are doing the treasure hunt in your home town.

Some of our hunts are geared for half-day outings or weekend outings, and the packages are marked accordingly.

If you have a particular time constraint or are unfamiliar with the locations and need some feedback on how much time to allow, please contact us.  top

What Age Group are treasure hunts recommended for?

Treasure hunts are adults, teens and older children. It is not a race, so you can take your time and not worry about young children slowing you down. The clues are written at a level that can be solved by children with help from parents. Here is a sample of a typical clue:

The New Cathedral is highlighted with gold
The number of angels in the central dome is untold.
Go to the sanctuary and count them one by one
Then enter the number here when you are done:

If you go to the New Cathedral in St. Louis and count the angels in the central dome, you will see that there are sixteen. Then you would write "sixteen" in the space provided.

Additionally, the treasure hunt package will include a complete Double Key Treasure Hunt Guide which will give you details on every element of your hunt.  top