Will you uncover the mystery?


The Waterbury Adventure Challenge takes the exploration and adventure of geocaching and mixes in the puzzles and riddles of an escape room for a fun and interactive experience! Participants will explore the charming village of Waterbury and its beautiful surrounding landscape as they solve a series of challenging clues based on our town's history.

Gather your teammates and play on your own schedule - the Waterbury Adventure Challenge is open from now through Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 

The Waterbury Adventure Challenge cannot be completed in a day, so we encourage you to get the most out of your visit to Waterbury with a Stay & Play package. Purchase two tickets for the Waterbury Adventure Challenge, book a discounted two night stay, and enjoy the adventure!






the secret civil link

Dr. Henry Janes was a simple, good man from a quiet mountain village. So, when he was called upon to be a significantly quiet hero in our country’s greatest struggle, he boarded the next train and headed to help however he could. Everything was on the line and he knew in his heart that a deeper, underground purpose was at play.

While sitting next to Lincoln after the Gettysburg address, the core truth of what was at stake became clear to the good Doctor. As he continued his work caring for the wounded and establishing hospitals that would save tens of thousands of lives, he began a covert dialogue in his journals. The war in front of him wasn’t the end of his journey, but only just the beginning.

Years later, back in his birthplace of Waterbury, Vermont, Dr. Janes turned his focus to the final chapter of what he and Lincoln discussed that fateful day. The country’s wounds were too fresh to focus on healing, so he took it upon himself to begin the clandestine work of building the bridge that would become necessary to keep the future alive.

It is a story known only to a few that remained untold until now, over 160 years later, waiting for you to uncover its secrets and reveal the mystical link between the past and the present that has remained hidden in plain sight for centuries.



All Stay & Play packages are for two nights and require the purchase of two Waterbury Adventure Challenge tickets to receive the discounted rate. You will receive information on how to book your stay after purchasing tickets; hotels will ask for proof of purchase upon check in.



Enjoy the grounds and amenities during breaks from playing the game, including a pool, hot tub, fitness center, and a complimentary full hot breakfast. 25% off





With unique Austrian architectural details and 10 acres of forest to explore, the adventure doesn't have to stop in between clues! 20% off





This historic bed and breakfast in the heart of downtown Waterbury is a great home base for exploration. Wake up to a full country breakfast, relax at night in the bar, and immerse yourself in the past at this 1826 inn. 20% off





These cabins combine the quiet atmosphere of woodland trails with a convenient location along Route 100. 15% off






  • Timing: You can start, finish, and continue working to solve the Waterbury Adventure Challenge any time from May 28 through October 11, 2021. Some clues may only be accessible during business hours, plan your visit accordingly.

  • Stay & Play Packages: Waterbury Adventure Challenge participants are eligible to receive discounted lodging in the area through exclusive Stay & Play packages. All Stay & Play packages are for two nights and require the purchase of two Waterbury Adventure Challenge tickets to receive the discounted rate; information on how to book will be available after purchasing tickets. See above for a list of participating businesses and discounted rates. Lodging is not required, but the Adventure will take at least 2 days to complete.

  • Location: The Waterbury Adventure Challenge takes place around Waterbury, Vermont and the surrounding area. Waterbury is easy to access by all major modes of transportation, but participants will need to provide their own transportation between some challenge locations only accessible by car. For local transportation, Hometown Tours & Rides may be able to help.

  • Prizes: Everyone who completes the challenge will be eligible to win monthly prize drawings ($250 value) and a grand prize ($500 value). Players may also win bonus prizes while completing the challenges.

  • Accessibility: Some aspects of the challenge will require hiking, so all participants should be comfortable with moderate physical activity. Nearly all clues can be accessed in a digital format compatible with screen readers; those that can't have limited text or are solely pictorial.

  • Kids: Kids aged 14 and under are free; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

  • Pets: Pets are allowed to accompany you for the outdoor portions. Check with your accommodations to ensure they allow pets.

  • Teams: You can work individually or in your own team of any size. All participants aged 15 or older are required to have tickets.

  • There is no guarantee that you will be able to complete the Waterbury Adventure Challenge. You are able to start, finish, and continue working on the challenges any time between May 28 and October 11, 2021.


Please review the Adventurer Agreement before purchasing tickets. Participants must follow all travel guidelines and restrictions.

This game was developed by Vermontime. For questions or information, please contact [email protected].

The Waterbury Adventure Challenge is sponsored by WCAX Channel 3.

The Waterbury Adventure Challenge is produced by Discover Waterbury, the tourism component of Revitalizing Waterbury. Revitalizing Waterbury is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to preserve, promote, and enhance the economic, historic, and social vitality of Waterbury, Vermont for residents businesses, and visitors.