10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN CHARLOTTE

Give your team the royal treatment in North Carolina’s “Queen City.”

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A bustling financial hub, home to beautiful historical architecture and recognized as the epicenter of Nascar speed racing - Charlotte, North Carolina has no shortage of things for you and your team to experience.

Whether you’re looking to test your teamwork with an escape room or explore the city on a haunted walk, you’ll quickly discover that there’s something for everyone and every taste.

If you’re planning a team building retreat in Charlotte, NC, read on for our definitive list of the best activities the city has to offer.

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Roll through Charlotte on a segway tour

  • Experience the city from a whole new perspective as you sight-see Charlotte on a group segway tour.
  • You and your team will cruise through the streets at up to twelve miles per hour while a trained tour guide shows you all of the city’s must-see spots.
  • Keep in mind that participants must weigh at least 100 lbs. and no more than 260 lbs. to take part in this activity.
  • This experience can easily accommodate groups of all sizes but note that larger groups require extra preparation. Make sure to book well in advance if your team is over ten people!
  • Typically these tours run around two hours so allot at least a half day in your schedule for you and your team.

Cook up something new with a culinary class

  • Fuel your appetite, practice your culinary skills and most importantly have fun, with a team cooking class!
  • Choose from a variety of class formats including hands-on classes, chopped challenges, tapas tastings and bake-off competitions! All are interactive and guaranteed to get everyone involved.
  • A trained chef will take you through every step from prepping ingredients to placing the final touches.
  • Once you’re done cooking, sit down with colleagues for a group taste test and hang out while you enjoy your finished creations.
  • Keep in mind this experience runs on the pricier side but if it's within your budget it’s sure to be a hit!

Beat the clock at an escape room

  • Hunt for clues, solve puzzles and race against time with colleagues during an escape room team building experience.
  • Escape rooms are an excellent way to work on problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills - not to mention they’re a whole lot of fun!
  • You and your team will have 60 minutes to complete your mission. Plan to be there at least an hour but if you finish early or want to stay longer you can always book additional rooms!
  • Staff will take you through everything you need to know before you get started. They’ll even walk you through the solution if you run out of time.
  • This activity is ideal for teams of all sizes but be aware most rooms are optimized for 4-8 players. If you’re working with a larger group be sure to book multiple rooms.

Blow off some steam with glass blowing

  • Embrace your creativity and bond with team members during a group glass blowing experience for your next corporate get-together!
  • Your team will be provided with everything you’ll need to make a special keepsake piece.
  • A glass blowing expert will walk you through everything from the basics to advanced techniques as well as all the terminology and history you’ll need to sound like a professional by the time you leave.
  • This experience typically runs around three hours and includes access to kitchen space so you can enjoy some food and drink while you’re there, plan to be there a half day. 
  • This tends to be a bit of a pricier experience but if it’s within your budget it’s a totally unique activity you won’t find anywhere else!

Make a toast at a local brewery

  • What better way to celebrate the end of a project or a successful quarter than with great drinks and great company on a visit to one of Charlotte’s local breweries.
  • You and your team will get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the brewing process while your tour guide answers questions and shares knowledge on the different blends.
  • Enjoy a range of food samples to pair with your beer. This is an ideal alternative to a traditional team lunch!
  • Private tour options are available - inquire when booking about how you can customize your experience!
  • Relatively affordable and suitable for larger groups - this is a team building experience you won’t want to miss.

Explore the city on a haunted walk

  • Discover the secrets of uptown Charlotte on a lantern lit walk through the city’s streets.
  • A tour guide will take you to some of the city’s most infamous spots, sharing stories of local history and folklore.
  • Note that these tours typically require a minimum of four participants to run and will operate rain or shine - be sure to dress for the weather.
  • This experience usually runs around 90 minutes making it a perfect option to extend your evening after a bite to eat at a local restaurant.
  • This is a very budget-friendly team building experience and is a great way to hear about some of the city’s spookiest stories…if you dare!

Race to the finish at indoor go karting

  • Engage in a little-friendly competition and get your adrenaline pumping with a team go kart tournament!
  • You’ll be provided with all the equipment you’ll need from helmets to racing suits. Just ensure you wear shoes with a secure back on them.
  • Staff will give you a brief lesson in driving technique and safety protocol before you race, ensuring a safe and fun experience for all.
  • Many facilities also offer private rooms as well as food and drink services so you can enjoy some relaxed team time between and after races.
  • This tends to be a fairly budget-friendly experience and is great for both large and small groups.

Get strategic with a paintball tournament

  • Adrenaline-filled, packed with fun and just the right amount of competition, a paintball tournament is the perfect team building option for thrill-seeking groups.
  • This experience typically lasts around three hours and includes air refills, equipment and all the paintballs you’ll need.
  • Staff will walk you and your group through all of the safety guidelines before you start including a brief lesson on how to use the equipment.
  • Compete one-on-one or break off into teams to see which group comes out as the paintball champions!
  • This is a budget-friendly experience for teams looking to get together and build teamwork skills without compromising on the fun.

Get creative with a paint night

  • Unwind with colleagues over canvases and cocktails with a team paint night for your next team retreat.
  • You’ll enjoy two hours of paint time with all the essentials provided from paints to aprons - just be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on!
  • A local artist will walk you through the creation of your own masterpiece from techniques to tips on picking the perfect palette.
  • Most operators offer bring your own food and drink options so you can sip and snack throughout the evening.
  • This is a relatively budget-friendly experience and offers an awesome keepsake that coworkers can take home to remember your time together.

Take aim with ax throwing

  • Learn a new skill, get moving and have a blast with colleagues with a team ax throwing experience.
  • A trained instructor will walk you through the throwing process explaining all the safety protocols and techniques that will have you throwing like a pro in no time.
  • All equipment will be provided but be sure to arrive wearing closed-toe shoes and comfortable, athletic attire.
  • Many facilities offer BYOB or onsite food and drink options so you can socialize with coworkers between turns.
  • This is a relatively affordable team building experience and with options to book multiple laneways it’s a great option for teams of all sizes.

Organize your next company retreat with Surf Office

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

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