10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN BOSTON

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Known for its thriving sports culture, prestigious educational institutions and infamous baked beans, Boston, Massachusetts has no shortage of things to see and experience - and that includes team building activities. 

From historic trolley tours through Boston’s underground mobster scene to paint your own pottery sessions that allow you to unleash your creative side, you’re sure to make memories alongside your team as you explore all that Boston has to offer. 

If you’re thinking of planning a company retreat to Boston, keep scrolling to discover all of the team building opportunities you won’t want to miss.

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Explore Boston’s history with a Mobster trolley tour

  • Experience Boston like you never have before with a trolley tour through the city’s historic mobster underworld!
  • The tour includes plenty of infamous sites from historic heists and mobster hideaways to 'old neighborhood' locales.
  • Your tour guide will share tales of thievery and scams, mayhem and untimely demises, all while sharing tons of incredible facts about Boston’s rich history. 
  • Some tours even include dinner down by the waterfront! The perfect opportunity to indulge in one of the city’s infamous lobster dinners.
  • This is a great option for both small and larger teams as the trolley can typically accommodate quite a few guests. 

Fuel your appetite with a cooking class

  • It’s no secret that the best bonding happens over a great meal, so why not book a group cooking class for your next company retreat!
  • Your group will be paired with one of Boston’s renowned chefs to guide you through the class from prepping ingredients to the proper techniques to complete your dish. 
  • Not only do you get the experience of preparing a meal together, but you can continue the fun once you’re done by sitting down to enjoy your finished product!
  • Choose from a wide range of courses from pizza making to Asian dumplings.
  • This tends to be a pricier experience, but if it's within your budget it makes for an awesome alternative to traditional team dining. 

Race colleagues on a scavenger hunt through the city

  • Scavenger hunts are a great way to get colleagues out of their comfort zones while you explore the city and race in teams to check everything off your list.
  • Ideal for teams both large and small, you’ll enjoy activities from themed trivia to solving a murder mystery or exploring the hidden history of a museum or neighbourhood of your choice!
  • Many scavenger hunt operators offer both virtual and in-person experiences, so you can find the best fit for your group's needs. 
  • If you’re opting for an in-person experience be sure to wear comfortable footwear as there will be quite a bit of walking involved. 
  • Typically operators ask for about one month of lead time when preparing for a private booking so be sure to plan appropriately in order to ensure you can secure your experience! 

Solve the mystery in an escape room

  • If you’re looking for a team building experience that combines problem-solving, strategy and communication with a whole lot of fun, then look no further than an escape room for your next corporate get-together. 
  • Work with team members to solve puzzles, find clues and beat the clock as you hustle to complete your mission before time runs out. 
  • Onsite staff will answer any questions and walk you through everything you need to know before you get started.
  • Don’t worry if you have a larger team, many facilities offer multiple puzzle rooms so just book accordingly to accommodate your group size. 
  • This is a fairly budget-friendly experience making it a great option for teams looking for a cost-effective activity without compromising on the fun. 

Reach new heights at an aerial adventure course

  • Climb over, under, around and through a series of elevated obstacles as you work together with teammates to navigate an aerial adventure course. 
  • Many facilities offer customized team building programming great for groups looking to work on specific skills like teamwork, communication and problem-solving.
  • Experienced staff will be onsite to ensure you’re well prepared to navigate the courses, checking in that everyone on your team is comfortable every step of the way.
  • The wide range of courses available offer a flexibility designed to accommodate a variety of difficulties and experience levels. 
  • Comfortable attire is a must and hard sole shoes are ideal as they’ll provide additional comfort while navigating the ropes course.

Get creative with paint your own pottery

  • Unwind and get creative with coworkers through a paint your own pottery night in Boston!
  • Choose from a wide range of pieces that you can paint and take home as a memorable keepsake of your time together.
  • You’ll be provided with everything you need from the paints and brushes to an instructor who will walk you through all the steps to creating your own masterpiece. 
  • Be aware that it can sometimes take over a week for pieces to complete the final firing process. Make sure you arrange a way to collect your finished pottery when booking!
  • This is a relatively affordable experience for team’s on a budget and offers a unique way to remember your retreat long after its over.

Mix and mingle with a cocktail mixology class

  • Indulge in some happy hour fun with coworkers by planning a cocktail mixology class for your next get-together. 
  • A certified bartender will take you and your team through all of the mixing techniques and tricks while sharing plenty of interesting info on the history of craft cocktails.
  • Virtual experiences are also an option with ingredients and bar tool kits being shipped to your group ahead of time!
  • Make sure you’re paying attention because you may just have your knowledge tested at the end of your lesson with a little group cocktail trivia! 
  • This experience is typically one that can be curated and customized to suit your needs and generally lasts around 1.5-2 hours, making it a great addition to your evening schedule.

Get competitive with combat archery

  • Combat archery is a combination of dodgeball and archery, and offers a fun and fast-paced game that will get you and your team moving and the adrenaline flowing.
  • You’ll be provided with all of the safety equipment you need as well as a 25-minute training session to go over all of the rules. Plus, the arrows are made from a soft foam padding, allowing for a safe and fun experience for all.
  • Be sure to come wearing comfortable, athletic attire and shoes you can move in, you’re guaranteed to break a sweat!
  • Many facilities even offer private event spaces where you can indulge in a little food and drink after the competition! 
  • This is a relatively affordable team building experience and ideal for a wide range of group sizes.

Opt for adventure on the water with a sailing lesson

  • Boston is a coastal city and planning a group sailing lesson is an excellent way to enjoy all that the area’s waterways have to offer. 
  • Keep in mind that class sizes tend to cap at pretty small numbers in order to allow for highly personalized instruction so this activity may not be ideal for larger groups, 
  • Class options range from learn to sail sessions to more advanced lessons for those with previous sailing experience.
  • Looking for a more in-depth experience? Some facilities even offer 5-day courses where you’ll live aboard the boat while learning a wide range of navigation and seamanship techniques. 
  • This experience tends to carry a higher price tag but if you can afford it, it’s sure to be an experience your team won’t soon forget.

Take aim with ax throwing

  • Build new skills, get moving and make memories with a group ax throwing experience. 
  • A trained expert will walk your group through everything you need to know from safety protocols to the techniques that will have you throwing like a pro in no time. 
  • This activity can typically accommodate groups as small as five to as large as 50 or more, offering a great option for teams of all sizes. 
  • Many facilities even allow you to bring in your own food and drink so you can sip and snack between turns.
  • Compete one-on-one in a round robin tournament or divide into teams to see which group comes out on top!

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You can book these team building activities exclusively as a part of our retreat package.

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