Being stuck in the office day in and day out could get boring. Your team needs a little Vitamin C every now and again and it’s time to bring them outdoors. The best way to do that, you ask? Well, try one of the many activities for outdoor team building in San Francisco.
Doing activities outdoors is a great way to get your team out of the office, into a different environment and liven things up. Not to mention, the many great benefits that come with taking your team building activities outdoors.
Yes, heading outside for team building activities may seem like an excuse to use the sunny, warm weather but there are actually so many benefits. For one, leaving the comfort zone of your office bubble will help foster a more honest and vulnerable environment. Team members will have the opportunity to share their concerns and fears more openly; this will, in turn, give you the chance to create that safe space for them.
Second, it helps your team members bridge the gap between a professional and personal relationship. We often only see our co-workers in a workplace setting and rarely have the chance to get to know them on a more personal level. And we want that! It helps create trust and confidence in the other person. And finally, when doing activities outdoors, you’re more likely to be a bit more active which is always great for your team’s health and wellness. So overall, a total win I’d say!
With that said, we’ve got you covered with our our list of 7 awesome activities for outdoor team building in San Francisco
CHARTER A BOAT TOUR
Treat your team to a private boat cruise to experience San Francisco like never before. And this is no regular boat cruise. We’re talking catering, bar, entertainment, and even themed nights. And you can’t tell me you don’t love to get dressed up every once in a while! The best part of it all is that you don’t have to plan a single thing. The team will handle everything to do with your event, from the layout, design, catering and everything in between.
STAGE A SCAVENGER HUNT AROUND THE CITY
Take a trip around San Francisco’s Little Italy with a scavenger hunt. You’ll walk through all the famous spots like Washington Square Park, Joe DiMaggio Playground, City Lights, Jack Kerouac Alley, Beat Museum and Al’s Attire. So, a little piece of advice? Bring your walking shoes and get ready to have some fun. You and your team will see the city in a whole new light as you use an app to find all the things on your list! A total bonus is that an activity like this will help connect your team as you work together towards a common – and FUN – goal!
INDULGE IN A FOOD TOUR AROUND THE MISSION DISTRICT
Our Mission District Food Tour showcases the innovation and trendy restaurants as well as the Mexican cuisine this neighborhood is known for – the best in San Francisco! Stroll through the historic Latin neighborhood learning about its culinary history and incredibly colorful murals, while hearing the stories of chefs, restaurant owners and industry experts. Our progressive meal in San Francisco’s Mission District concludes with mouth-watering desserts near Dolores Park.
PARTICIPATE IN SILENT DISCO YOGA
What is silent disco yoga you may be asking? Well, it’s an immersive yoga experience where you throw on a set of headphones and move, groove, breathe, and dance with your friends! You’ll, of course, also participate in yoga with instructions being given through individual headphones. Picture yourself relaxing on the beach with some yoga and a dance party – now that’s a team building activity!
GO BACK TO CAMP
If you went to camp as a kid, you know how much fun it was. The games, the challenges, the teamwork – ah, it makes me want to go back! That’s where Camp Basics comes in. Each team will go through a series of challenges head on with another team. It will test your mental and physical strength, as well as teamwork and strategy. If you’re nervous about the physical aspect, this activity is predominantly a strategy game so there’s no need to worry! Get your inner child ready to play!
EMBRACE A LITTLE MYSTERY
If you’re not entirely sure what you’re looking for, I would suggest Tyler’s Mystery Tours. They will bring you an experience that is entirely unique to you and your organization. So, if you’re looking for something outdoors, that requires team building, something physical or strategic, they’ve got you covered. They have a list on their site of general events they can do but I encourage you to spice it up and try something unique to your team!
TAKE A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD IN AMAZING RACE
We’ve all seen an episode – or even a whole season – of amazing race and it’s always made me want to participate in one. If you resonate, this is the outdoor team building activity for you! This game of Amazing Race can be completely customized to be held at theme parks, hotels, city centres or it can include trains, boats, buses or anything you like. Are you ready? On your mark, get set…GO!
ENJOY A TASTY LAOTIAN LUNCHEON
One of the best ways to learn about another culture is to immerse yourself in the cuisine. The Laotian Luncheon is an outdoor, interactive dining experience led by an expert chef. You’ll make a delicious, authentic papaya salad as you learn about the rich flavors of Lao cuisine. Then feast on spicy sausages, crisp chicken wings, and fresh vegetables. Finish off with a hands-on cocktail lesson with a professional mixologist. A whole afternoon of outdoor team building in San Francisco with great food? Your team will be delighted.
TRY YOUR HAND AT BEEKEEPING
Outdoor team building in San Francisco is always fun when you can incorporate learning something new. And we guarantee you’ve never tried beekeeping as a team building workshop before. Now stay with us— beekeeping may sound intimidating, but team building is all about pushing your limits and finding new ways to bond. Plus, this expert-hosted workshop will give you hands-on education about the ins-and-outs of beekeeping.
SEGWAY & E-SCOOTER AROUND THE CITY
Take in the views and breeze of San Francisco in way you’ve never done before with your team: via segway! Or e-scooter. Whatever you choose, you’ll get to experience the city in a new way and bond with your teammates. Divide in groups for a mobile scavenger hunt through the city, completing tasks and solving the clues. Get going, detectives!
TRAIN TO BE A SUPER HERO
Ever dream of becoming a superhero? It’s easier than you think with the Super Hero Academy! This outdoor team building activity will treat you and the team like the heroes you are. Smash, leap, and more to save the world from the bad guys as a team. And in true hero fashion, you’ll get to wear a cape! Choose a charitable cause to support as part of your heroic altruism and head outside for a super afternoon.
GET ARTSY WITH A GRAFFITI WORKSHOP
Get immersed with street art and graffiti with this Graffiti Workshop. Create a custom tag and learn more about the street art in the area as you and your team express creativity in a new way. After you finish your custom tags, go on a walking tour to learn more about modern graffiti and public art. The event ends with a chance to spray paint a canvas with your team, creating a custom work of art together.
PRACTICE SOME RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Random Acts of Kindness challenges you and your team to complete good deeds and charitable acts around the city to benefit the community. Volunteering can help build empathy and emotional intelligence, as well as bonding your team over a common cause for good. This can also help build compassion and appreciation for the community. This outdoor team building activity works for teams that are cross-country as well— simply pick a day, download the app, and complete your good deeds.
GO FOR A TEAM PADDLE EXCURSION
Got an adventurous team with a penchant for risk-taking? Or want to take advantage of the great nature in the Bay Area? Try Stand Up Paddling on the Napa River. This course is perfect for beginners and set in the picturesque surroundings of Napa. Just make sure everyone attending can swim, and you’re good to go! And if Stand Up Paddling isn’t quite the move, the same organization offers other exciting outdoor team building activities.
I hope this list encouraged you to try an outdoor team building activity in San Francisco for your next event! So, which activity will your team be trying? We can’t wait to see you on our Food Tour!