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Here’s a scavenger hunt of Tampa Bay landmarks you can do from your car

A local company has come up with free hunts that families can do from their cars.
The Don CeSar Hotel, St. Pete Beach, is along the scavenger hunt trail, which you can do without leaving your car.
The Don CeSar Hotel, St. Pete Beach, is along the scavenger hunt trail, which you can do without leaving your car. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Published Apr. 9, 2020

Need an escape? A local company that normally rents out scooters and golf carts has created some free app-based scavenger hunts to get families out of the house, while keeping a safe distance amid coronavirus concerns.

Beachfront Buggies and Scooters has decided to put a twist on their popular St. Pete Beach and Treasure Island scavenger hunt. They came up with the Escape the Crowds Outdoor Adventure Hunt, found on the free GooseChase app. I did the hunt this weekend. I never left the safety of my car, and it was fun.

Some of the landmarks at the boardwalk at John's Pass in Madeira Beach are included in a scavenger hunt that doesn't require leaving your car to complere
Some of the landmarks at the boardwalk at John's Pass in Madeira Beach are included in a scavenger hunt that doesn't require leaving your car to complere [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]

“We want families to get out here and have some fun together,” said Eric Theis, co-owner of Beachfront Buggies and Scooters." “First and foremost, we want them to be safe.”

Spanning the southern-most point of Pass-a-Grille to John’s Pass, the 15-stop tour covers nine miles of beachfront towns, but not the actual beach. Families can do it in their own car. Stops include open-air secret gardens, piers, mosaics, hotel fronts and historical area landmarks.

The route, which will be updated as coronavirus restrictions change, features rock climbing for kids, finding a historic bell and “swimming away” from a popular area shark.

“Everything is done on your own phone. We advise people to take hand sanitizer, keep a safe distance and have fun,” Theis said.

Beachfront Buggies and Scooters plans to have two more free scavenger hunt/tours available in a few weeks. In the works are a 15-stop self-guided walking tour of the downtown St. Petersburg murals and a self-guided scavenger hunt with multiple stops at downtown St. Petersburg outdoor landmarks.

Theis also volunteers for the Bissell Pet Network. If you enjoy the free tours and want to give back, he asks that people offer animal assistance.

“Instead of paying or donating money, foster a pet. Save a life,” he said.

If you want to go:

1. Go to the app store on your phone and download the free GooseChase app.

2. Type in and then select “Escape the Crowds Outdoor Adventure Hunt.”

3. Press play.

4. Set up a team name.

5. Start your hunt.