A Great Way to Explore an Area: Geocaching Has Big Appeal

If you’re into geocaching, and you’ve never found a cache Boston, what in the world are you waiting for? Beantown is home to dozens of fascinating geocaches, are more caches are being hidden all the time. In the interest of happy hunting for all, we are pleased to present a few things to know about geocaching in and around Boston.

Geocaching 101

In a nutshell, geocaching is a global treasure hunt enabled by GPS. Cachers stash an item in a weatherproof container, then other players use clues and solve riddles to locate the secret cache. Geocaches may be as small as a film canister, but some can be as big or bigger than a bucket. When a cache is found, the player can take the item, as long as they replace it with something of similar size and value. Most geocaches contain a logbook signed with usernames. Users can also log into Geocaching.com and leave a digital signature and description of their treasure hunt after finding a hidden geocache explains Geocaching magazine.

Geocaching Boston

Boston’s first geocaches were hidden throughout the Emerald Necklace parks at the behest of Mayor Tom Menino in 2012. Today, caches can be found in Dewey Square, in Fort Pont Channel, along the Greenway, on some offshore islands, and in dozens of other secret spots. More than six million geocachers play the high-tech game of hide-and-seek around the world, and many of them are right here in Boston.

To geocache Boston, you’ll need a few things. First, you will need a smartphone with built-in global positioning, or GPS.  This will help you find nearby caches. You’ll also need a compass. Most Apple phones come with a compass. Android users may download a free compass app to aid in geocache location. The GPS locator that comes in your phone is perfectly adequate technology to aid your 21st-century treasure hunt. Many geocachers who become obsessed with the game opt to purchase a handheld GPS device, says caching experts at the Boston edition of Outdoor Fun Club magazine.

Join the global caching community

To find a geocache near you, punch in the coordinates of your present location. For instance, login to Geocaching.com and input the GPS coordinates for the Marriott Long Wharf Boston. Within seconds, you will be presented a list of local caches along with their difficulty level. Some caches are easier to find than others, so if you are new to geocaching, you may wish to start by hunting for a cache with a simple solution.

A series of handicap-accessible magnetic nano geocaches can be found along the scenic Boston Harborwalk. Bring a small piece of paper upon which to leave your cacher username for the next cache hunter to find and replace.

If you already enjoy hiking and exploring, ramp up the excitement when you participate in the planetary game of geocaching. Add geocaching to your travel itinerary, and add a whole new dimension of fun to sightseeing.