Geocaching is a fun outdoor activity for all ages. It’s a real-life treasure hunt using your GPS. Participants navigate a set of GPS coordinates to find the geocache (container) hidden in a specific location.
Here’s how it works:
Download the “Geocaching” app on your phone.
Once you sign up, the app will display all the hidden geocaches close to you.
Here’s an example what it looks like around the Stuart area.
Click on the geocache that you want to find.
A hint will appear on your screen.
Click “start” and your navigation will take you to the coordinates of the geocache.
Once you get there, use the hint to find exactly where the container is hidden.
When you find it, open it up and sign your name and date in the logbook.
Re-hide the container and move on to the next closest one.
You can make geocaching into an outdoor adventure for the family by planning a map of cache locations. Depending how close these locations are, you can travel from one cache to the next by car or possibly bike or walk. Biking/walking while geocaching is only enjoyable if there are spots within a close distance of each other. Caches in some areas are set up in shapes and designs so participants can follow.
Places around southeast Florida that have relatively close caches include Stuart, Port Salerno, Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach, Hillsboro, and Fort Lauderdale. They can be at a park, on the side of the road, at the end of a hiking trail, and even underwater. If you’ve never heard of geocaching you’d be surprised how many are all around. So, next time you’re feeling exploratory, try it out!