10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN CHARLESTON

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Charleston was established in 1670 by English colonists and later became a significant stronghold in the fight for states’ rights during the mid-19th century. Fort Sumter, a sea fort positioned on an artificial island off the coast of Charleston, witnessed the first shots of the American Civil War.

The city is cloaked in history and colonial heritage, making it a must-visit destination for your next team-building retreat. Parts of the city, including the French Quarter and Battery Districts, are characterised by charming cobblestone streets, pastel antebellum houses and horse-drawn carriages. 

Many contemporary team-building activities are available throughout the city, such as breakout rooms, party boats, walking tours, cooking classes and much more. In this resource, you can find more ideas for your team-building retreat in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Explore the city on a guided walking tour

  • Discover the rich local history, warm people, award-winning restaurants, art, architecture, beaches, shopping, and lasting memories on this guided walking tour.
  • The ultimate way for your team to explore the city while building strong relationships.
  • Learn all about the city as you explore with a knowledgeable local guide.
  • The walking tours range from 45 minutes to two and a half hours, depending on your preferences.
  • Choose from a variety of themed tours.

Live it up on the water on a private party boat

  • Discover one of the most exciting ways to explore the city of Charleston.
  • Guests are invited to bring their own snacks and beverages.
  • Two boats are available with capacities of 16 and 18 passengers.
  • Private rentals are permitted to play their own music.
  • Alcoholic beverages are restricted to beer, wine and champagne.
  • All boats are accompanied by a captain and deckhand.

Uncover the hidden clues at the breakout room

  • Cooperate with your team to solve the challenges and escape the rooms.
  • The counting 60-minute timer tests your team’s ability to perform under pressure.
  • Attempt three games with unique storylines and challenges.
  • Each room is uniquely decorated for an immersive experience.
  • The gamemasters explain the challenges of each room and provide help when needed.
  • The perfect team-building activity for developing essential soft skills.

Get a taste of Charleston on a culinary tour

  • Experience the best of Charleston's history and food with unique tours that explore the tastiness of the Lowcountry.
  • Each Charleston Culinary Tour highlights a unique aspect of the dynamic food and beverage scene.
  • Over 2.5 hours, guests explore a section of the Charleston peninsula, learn about the local cuisine and visit area restaurants where they will feast upon a variety of dishes.
  • The majority of routes cover a distance of approximately one mile or less.
  • The guides are fantastic, demonstrating an impressive wealth of knowledge.

Explore the local waterways on a guided kayak tour

  • Paddle through the quiet waterways behind Folly Beach, home to oyster flats, wild dolphins, osprey, crabs and more.
  • Choose from a wide range of premium kayaks, suitable for guests of all levels.
  • The staff will help you find the kayak that’s best for you.
  • Guests will receive detailed paddling instruction, kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, local area map, dry bag, tidal information and an updated weather forecast.
  • The facility is complete with secure parking and restrooms. 
  • Your knowledgeable private guide teaches you about the local ecosystems, indigenous species, fauna and flora.

Tackle high-rise obstacles at the adventure park

  • Promote essential skills like critical thinking and problem-solving skill at this adrenaline-pumping adventure park.
  • Explore a range of challenging courses, complete with confronting suspended obstacles.
  • Various courses are available for all abilities from beginner to advanced.
  • Obstacles reach as high as 35 feet.
  • The typical course duration is two hours.
  • The friendly staff ensure that safety guidelines are followed at all times.

Shoot it out at the paintball centre

  • With your team, you’ll attempt to outshoot and outmanoeuvre your opponents to win.
  • Packages include all the necessary paintballing equipment.
  • The location has a selection of different fields for you to play on.
  • Referees are assigned to each group to enforce the rules and keep players safe.
  • Al equipment is cleaned and well maintained, ready for the next player.

Paddle through the city on a SUP safari

  • Learn to SUP at this internationally-recognised stand-up paddleboard school.
  • Choose from a range of activities including SUP dolphin safaris tours, SUP yoga, river and surf lessons and more.
  • The SUP equipment is top quality and well maintained.
  • A relaxing team-bonding experience, suitable for all ages.
  • Explore the local waterways with guidance from experienced instructors.
  • Available to group sizes from 10 to 75 people.

Learn to cook with Bob Waggoner

  • Put together a delicious seasonal tasting menu with celebrity chef, Bob Waggoner.
  • Learn new cooking techniques, tricks and skills under the guidance of a professional chef.
  • All ages and experience levels are welcome—no prior cooking experience is needed.
  • All ingredients and freshly prepared and locally sourced when possible.
  • After cooking, sit down with your coworkers to enjoy a delicious meal.

Hang out with your coworkers at the axe-throwing centre

  • Learn to throw axes at Charleston’s premier axe-throwing venue.
  • The perfect environment to relax, listen to music and enjoy craft beers.
  • The experienced instructors teach you the essential axe-throwing techniques and safety protocols.
  • The venue is spacious and clean, suitable for small and large groups.
  • Your group will be monitored continually by the on-site staff. 

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