Safe, fun family treasure hunts and more!
This way, Matey!
Captain Evie and First Mate Sawyer
Ahoy, Matey! Welcome to HoCo Pirate Adventures!
Every month, a roughly 1-mile path somewhere in Howard County transforms into a trail of clues left behind by Captain Evie and First Mate Sawyer - the smartest, most cunning pirates on the high seas - and leads to adventure and treasure for kids of all ages.
You start with a mission, a print-it-yourself map (see Ship's Store below), and end with treasure and memories that will last a lifetime! Just follow the directions on the map, look for the clues hidden along the trail, use problem-solving and critical thinking skills to decipher the codes, and end at a secret treasure chest! We provide two levels of clues - one for the little mates who swab the deck (ages 3-7) and those who square the sails and trim the sheets (ages 8 and over).
The trail is available for approximately 10 days at the end of every month. You choose when to go! We strongly encourage dressing in your favorite pirate costumes or HoCo Pirate Adventures gear and taking lots of photos to share on our Facebook page. Keep scrolling down to learn more about how you can become part of the crew at HoCo Pirate Adventures and where you can find even more adventure!
Thanks for stopping by. May you have fair winds and following seas!
This digital PDF guide will help new crewmembers get up to speed or refresh salty pirates on HoCo Pirate Treasure Hunt procedures. From how the hunts are announced to how to open the treasure chest, it's all in here! Also includes the 2021 treasure hunt schedule.
The best way to get started is to join our Facebook Group - all the information and announcements will be put out there! As a bonus, we have an amazing community of people that are happy to help new crew members!
Get the "How To Do A HoCo Pirate Treasure Hunt!" guide in the store for all the nitty-gritty details on the hunts.
We are solely funded by our community members. Please help us keep the adventure going and the treasure chest full!
Send us treasure from our Amazon Wishlist: We keep the list updated throughout the year to reflect special events and holidays. You can suggest new items in the Facebook group too!
Donate via PayPal: Always helpful and always appreciated!
Purchases and Tips: The store on this site sells the monthly hunts, "Anytime Adventures", and HoCo Pirate Adventures merchandise (Booty!). On some items you can “Pay What You Want” for any amount! (Tips keep ya from havin' to walk the plank!)
Porch Pickup: We're happy to do porch pickup of treasure items anywhere in Howard County! Just contact Chris Fuchs via the Facebook Group.
HOCO Pirate Treasure hunts provided a safe, fun, and educational adventure outside! Our kids (ages 6.5 and 3.5 now) LOVED doing this last spring, summer, and fall. With different levels of difficulty, both kids could actively participate! They’re anxiously awaiting the next hunt!
The Pirate Treasure Hunts are well thought out and so much fun, even for me the parent! From the Facebook group, to the printable map, the actual hunt and treasure box with prizes at the end. Each treasure hunt is in a different location, so every hunt is new and different from the last. We are so lucky to be apart of Captain Evie’s crew and look forward to all the adventures to come!!
Capt. Evie’s treasure hunts have been a highlight of the pandemic! We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring new pathways and parks in the county as we follow the clues. The Fuchs family does an amazing job finding routes with fun landmarks and sights along the way. Each month, they have introduced new and creative ideas to keep it fresh. They do this in their spare time and for the benefit of the community — they are the true treasure!