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A Crime Mystery Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Madison

Time: 90 minutes ⋅ Open: Mon-Sat ⋅ Groups: 2-5 people

Ages: 13 and up ⋅ Price: $10-15 per person ⋅ Starts at 410 State Street


Can you Solve the Mystery behind 'The Lost Letter'?

  • A Real World Mystery

    An abandoned letter holds the key to a decades-old mystery. Follow the letter to find the hidden clues to the author’s story, their secret, and their plan.

  • Multiple Locations

    Don’t get stuck in one place! This mystery takes you to over a half dozen locations in the downtown Madison area.

  • Friends, Family, and Team Members

    Even Sherlock needed his trusty Watson. So grab a few friends, your quad mates, or your visiting relatives and get started.

  • Recommended

Early participants gave us a 4.8 out of 5 stars on Google Reviews!

  • Local Flavor

Our story is only made possible through the partnership with locally-owned businesses in the downtown area.

  • Multiple Group Sizes

We accommodate groups between 2 and 5 people. No matter your size, you will never share your time slot. 

"It was like a cross between an escape room and a walking tour... It was a very memorable day all round with something for all ages." - Moy, Google Review

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Purchase in advance to ensure your ideal day and time!


How it Works

A pair read the strange letter.

Your group gets a mysterious, undelivered letter that contains an urgent, secret message...

The pair are in a store looking for the clues alluded to in the letter.

Following the letter's instructions, your team must find the clues hidden in different stores around State Street...

Footprint Mysteries Madison - Chapter 7, The Lost Letter

Once you find all the clues, you will discover the letter's real meaning and solve the mystery.


Your Mystery Starts Here

Footprint Mysteries Madison, Chapter 7 "The Lost Letter", starts at a boutique, secondhand store called Rethreads located at 410 State Street. If you're going to be driving downtown, 2-hour parking is available on nearby side streets and parking lots. Once at Rethreads, every stop can be reached by walking. 

Footprint Mysteries Madison, An Outdoor Mystery Adventure for Adults

Why is Footprint Mysteries Madison your best choice?

What’s better than reading a great mystery? How about going through one with a friend? Footprint Mysteries Madison turns a short mystery story into a fun, sociable adventure.

Feel the drama of the stage and movie theater without the cramped seating and awkward bathroom breaks. Avoid getting locked in a room to find clues, get outdoors and look for clues lying in multiple locations while enjoying the weather, scenery, and liveliness of downtown Madison.

We strive for everyone to have a good experience. After you book your time, you will be sent a confirmation email containing two important links. One is to a map of the locations so that you won’t get lost. The other is a webpage which contains hints and answers you can refer to so that you don’t miss a single clue.

We highly encourage participants to have one member of their group have access to this email as each clue builds upon the last adding to the mystery and intrigue.

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"We’ve lived here for about 4 years, and Footprint Mysterious brought us to places we’ve never been before. Highly recommend!" - Ashley, Yelp Review


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