SC State House (free use photo - Flickr)

It’s the year of COVID-19. Whether you’re looking for a solo adventure or something for the whole family, the search is likely much more challenging than it used to be. A local business has a creative answer that works for any size group, however.

The South Carolina State House grounds can become a safe, easily socially distanced playground for one person, one group, or teams competing against each other, and it all comes with the bonus of learning some local history, thanks to Puzzling Adventures.

The company offers an interactive scavenger hunt, leading participants all over the grounds of the capitol, searching for everything from historic monuments to particular trees and flowers. Do you know where the original State House stood, or where to find a connection to the U.S.S. Maine? How about the final resting place of Swanson Lunsford? If you, you’ll do well.

The hunt is designed to take around two hours, but the haste is up to the players. Some might choose to make it a race, while others think of it as more of a guided tour combined with a challenge, and take their time exploring it all.

Those who do want to make a game of it can choose to share their results online, with an updated leader board showing the fastest times and most points (points are scored by entering correct answers based on information found on the grounds, and by taking pictures at certain places found by solving clues). The Farr family is the current Columbia champion.

More information on the hunts can be found at

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