Looking for something to do with the kids during Spring Break? The whole family can participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt around Oakland Cemetery. The Spring Scramble event takes place from March 30th to April 7th, so you have all of break week to schedule this.
Here’s how it works: Purchase a Spring Scramble packet (one per team) for $20 at Oakland’s Visitors Center & Museum Shop. Then, just work as a team to follow the cryptic clues and solve riddles. If you want to compete for prizes, just return your completed packet to the Visitors Center by 8 p.m. on April 7th (see details below).
Visitor Center hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday/Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Spring Scramble is perfect for families or a team of friends. You don’t need a reservation, and you work at your own pace.
Choose from three different packets, with different levels of difficulty:
- Easy: Kid-friendly riddles and perfect for families (expected hunt time is 1 hour)
- Medium: Challenging riddles, but not impossible to solve (expected hunt time is 1.5-2 hours)
- Hard: Try it if you dare (expected hunt time is 2-3 hours)
The Spring Scramble packet ($20) includes a self-guided tour map that normally sells for $5 and can be used on return visits to Oakland Cemetery.
How to compete for prizes
Teams that submit their answer sheets with all answers correct will be entered into a drawing for the following prizes:
- Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween event tickets
- Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History event tickets
- Love Stories of Oakland tour tickets
- Historic Oakland Foundation annual memberships
The higher the degree of difficulty, the better the prizes!
Be sure to complete the contact form in your Spring Scramble packet so Oakland can get in touch if you win.
All proceeds from the Spring Scramble benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery.
About the venue
Oakland Cemetery is not just a final resting place for historic figures from Atlanta’s past — it’s also one of the largest public green spaces in Atlanta. That’s why Oakland’s gardens and park-like 48 acres are often the setting for spring festivals and other outdoor spring events, many of them free and family-friendly.
This page will maintain a list of free events at Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta (we may also occasionally include events that have a low admission fee).
The cemetery grounds themselves are free to visit and open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
You can also find a full calendar of events at Oakland Cemetery’s website.
More upcoming events
Boys of Summer Baseball Tour
Saturday, March 30th
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Celebrate the start of baseball season with a look back at the first baseball game in Atlanta — a showdown between the Gate City Nine and Atlanta Baseball Club that took place on May 12, 1866. This tour recaptures the spirit of that day and examines the lives of some of the players who took part in that historic game.
This hour-long tour starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Oakland Cemetery Visitors Center. After the tour, participants are encouraged to head over to The Republic Social House to watch the Atlanta Braves battle the Philadelphia Phillies. The pub is located at 437 Memorial Drive, and is offering a special deal for tour ticket holders (free appetizer, $3 Bud Light pints, and $8 Bud Light pitchers).
Spots in this tour are limited, so buy your tickets in advance online, through Oakland’s website.
Annual Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 13th
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE and open to the public
Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. Please bring your own boxes and bags to transport your purchases home!
All the money raised will be used to maintain the gardens at Oakland Cemetery, through the purchase of tools, bulbs, and trees.