The City of Brotherly Love is planning to
celebrate national tourism week, slated this year for May 12 to 20,
by launching a day-long, high-tech scavenger hunt throughout
Philadelphia that dovetails with the King Tut exhibit currently on
display at the Franklin Institute.
The hunt, called
the "King Tut Geocaching Treasure Tour," uses a global positioning
system device to take participants around the city on a King
Tut-themed scavenger hunt, also referred to as "geocaching" ["geo"
as in earth and "cache" as in a hiding place] to those in the
And on May 12,
Philadelphia is expecting hundreds of hardcore geocachers to take
part in the day-long, GPS-guided race to find a treasure hidden in
around the city, which players will use their GPS devices to find,
will hold clues to finding the treasure.
At each site,
players will find a hidden box (cache) containing a stamper for
stamping their geocaching passport. There will also be a logbook
where geocachers sign in when they find a cache.
The first 50
competitors to finish will win prizes, according to the Greater
Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, which developed the
winner receives an overnight stay at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia,
a private guided tour of the exhibition and a $1,000 pendant from a
merchant on Jewelers' Row in Philadelphia.
It is estimated
that some 1.5 million people in the U.S. play geocaching games.
There is even a Web site [www.geocaching.com] and a book ["The Complete
Idiot's Guide to Geocaching"] dedicated to the sport.
While the game is
played in various venues, Cara Schneider spokesperson for GPTMC,
said "It's still pretty novel for a city to host
To sign up for
the GPS-guided competition, geocachers should log onto www.gophila.com/geocaching or www.geocaching.com
(search for GC10PZ9).
non-geocachers can also get in on the treasure hunt after May 12 by
using a brochure and other downloadable information at www.gophila.com/geocaching. Treasure Tour information
also is available at The Franklin Institute, the University of
Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the
Independence Visitor Center.
the clues as they search for the treasure.
At the final stop
of the hunt, players present their fully stamped brochure to
receive a small prize.
The King Tut
Geocaching Treasure Tour continues through Sept. 30, the last day
of the "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" exhibition
at the Franklin Institute.
To contact reporter Michael Milligan, send e-mail to [email protected].