"Hidden Turtles" Scavenger Hunt Returns to MC Ahead of Artsfest 2024

By Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing February 1, 2024

Martin Arts and the Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing
Announce Annual Hidden Turtles Scavenger Hunt for Artsfest 2024

The Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing has partnered with MartinArts to bring back the award-winning “Hidden Turtles Scavenger Hunt” in celebration of ArtsFest 2024.

This year, ArtsFest returns to Stuart’s Memorial Park and will take place on Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11, 2024. Since its inception in 1988, this iconic hometown celebration of the arts and culture has become one of the most cherished and well-attended events on the Treasure Coast.

Palm City-based glass artist Dot Galfond of License to Kiln was commissioned to create 50 signed and numbered glass sea turtles: 40 in turquoise blue and 10 in gold. These limited-edition sculptures will be hidden in various spots throughout Memorial Park during the two-day ArtsFest event.

Attendees who find one of the 40 turquoise blue sea turtles can bring their keepsake home as a special souvenir. Those who find one of the 10 gold sea turtles will receive upgraded VIP ArtsFest tickets (including perks like priority seating and free soft drinks) and can also claim a special prize at the Explore Natural Martin tent during the event.

The Hidden Turtles Scavenger Hunt was developed in 2021 to build excitement leading up to ArtsFest while fostering community appreciation for the arts and cultural attractions located throughout Martin County. The program won the 2021 ESTO Destiny Award in the “Destination and Product Development” category, presented by the U.S. Travel Association. Since then, the annual scavenger hunt has become a beloved tradition with visitors and residents alike.

“We are all very excited to bring back the Hidden Turtle Scavenger Hunt with a fresh new twist,” says Nancy Turrell, Executive Director of MartinArts. “Hosting the scavenger hunt during ArtsFest will introduce another engaging aspect to the event and encourage attendees of all ages to explore this beautiful outdoor venue from top to bottom.”

Visit to learn more about ArtsFest 2024.