10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN COLUMBUS

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Named after famous explorer Christopher Columbus, Columbus, Ohio is home to rich history, a thriving arts and cultural scene and some of the best eats in the Midwest.

Whether you’re looking to get creative with a paint night or test your own culinary skills with a cooking class, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Ohio’s capital city. 

If you’re planning a company get-together in Columbus, read on for our top picks to make the most of your team building experience. 

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Explore Columbus eats on a food tour

  • Explore Columbus’ rich food scene through a food tour through some of the city’s most well-known neighborhoods.
  • The food tour combines information about the city with culinary insights, giving your team a unique, fun and informative look at the city’s history and culture. 
  • You’ll stop at around five to seven different restaurants, giving you a great variety of food options with ample servings at each venue!
  • Keep in mind, most private tours have a minimum of eight to run and most cap out at 14-15 participants, so this may not be ideal for larger teams.
  • This experience tends to be on the more expensive side but if it’s within your budget it’s a fun way to see the city in a whole new way.

Make a getaway in an escape room

  • Escape rooms are a great option for teams looking to work on problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills.
  • You and your colleagues will have to work together to hunt for clues, solve puzzles and complete your mission before time runs out.
  • A gamemaster will walk you through everything you need to know before you start. They’re available throughout to answer any questions and they’ll even share the solution with you if you run out of time!
  • Typically you’ll get one hour to solve your mission, but if you want to stay longer, or if you finish early, simply book additional rooms to keep the fun going!
  • This is a great budget-friendly option for teams looking to have a ton of fun without breaking the bank. 

Cruise through Columbus on a 15-passenger bike

  • Whether you’re celebrating a big win with your company or just looking for a fun way to get to know your co-workers better, taking a ride through the streets of Columbus on a 15-passenger bike is a great way to get away from the office for an afternoon.
  • The multi-passenger bike will take your group to some of Columbus’ best bars, restaurants, historic landmarks and more. You can even stop for a drink or two along the way!
  • Have a smaller team? Some operators also offer 13-passenger and 6-passenger bikes to accommodate different group sizes.
  • You’ll be accompanied by a bike captain that will take control of navigation, guiding you to each of your destinations, sharing information about the city landmarks and even providing some awesome recommendations for after your cruise!
  • This is a great option for small to medium-sized teams who are looking to unwind and get moving while exploring everything that Columbus has to offer.

Fuel your appetite with a cooking class

  • Bond with team members over a hands-on, immersive and total skill-building experience with a group culinary class.
  • You’ll work on skills like collaboration, communication and motivation as you work together to prepare a complete meal.
  • A trained chef will take you through each step, providing you with insights on technique and helping you to prep your ingredients to perfection. 
  • Typically this activity runs between three and four hours, plan for this to occur over a mealtime as you’ll have time to sit down and enjoy your final results when you’re done!
  • This tends to be a more expensive team building experience but if it’s within your budget it’s a great alternative to traditional team meals.

Blow your team away with a glass making class

  • If you’re looking for a fun, memorable and totally unique team building experience for your next get together, look no further than a glass making class!
  • Knowledgeable staff will explain everything you need to know including up-close demonstrations and hands-on opportunities for your team.
  • You’ll be offered a wide range of colour choices and all the supplies you’ll need to craft your own keepsake.
  • Once you’re done, browse the gift shop to discover the work of some incredible local artists!
  • This can be a pricier experience but if it’s within your budget it's a day your team is sure to remember.

Dive into history on a Columbus ghost tour

  • Visit historic taverns and take in some spirits while you and your team hear tales of Columbus’ haunted history on a ghost tour.
  • Your tour guide will provide a balance of quality storytelling and in depth knowledge of Columbus’ history.
  • You’ll want to make sure to have comfortable shoes for this experience as there will be quite a bit of walking involved.
  • Choose from a variety of experiences from cemetery tours to excursions through the haunted halls of Ohio State University.
  • This is a fairly affordable team experience for groups of all sizes and is a great way to see the city in a whole new way.

The sky’s the limit on a zip line

  • Get out of the office and into the outdoors for a zipline tour – the perfect way to energize your team!
  • You and your group will embark on a fully guided zip tour that allows you to experience Columbus’ natural beauty as you glide over 20 acres of forested landscape.
  • Looking for an evening experience? No problem! Some facilities even offer the option to zip through the treetops in the dark!
  • You’ll be accompanied by two guides who will take care of your group’s safety, ensuring all equipment is ready to go and operating the braking system so you can have a hands-free experience.
  • Keep in mind, there may be weight restrictions. Most operations require participants to be a minimum of 50 lbs. and no more than 270 lbs.

Race to the finish with a go kart tournament

  • Unwind, have fun and engage in a little friendly competition with a group go kart experience for your next team retreat. 
  • You’ll be provided with everything you need to race from helmets and head socks to access to your own electric powered karts.
  • Most facilities also offer private rooms where you can bring food and drink to enjoy with coworkers between races.
  • Race in teams or hold individual time trials to see who comes out the quickest.
  • This is generally a fairly affordable experience and works great for teams both small and large.

Embrace your creativity with a paint night

  • Get creative, unwind and make your own masterpiece with a team paint night during your next retreat.
  • Choose a painting from an extensive library or design your own! A trained staff member will walk you through creating your custom painting sharing all sorts of tips and tricks along the way.
  • You’ll be provided with everything you’ll need from paints and canvases to brushes and aprons.
  • This is a great option if you’re looking to work on creative thinking and problem-solving skills in a way that’s relaxed and accessible to everyone on your team.
  • Most facilities also offer inhouse bar options or the choice to BYOB so you can indulge in a drink or two while you paint!

Take aim with ax throwing

  • Engage in some fun and friendly competition with your team while you try your hand at ax throwing.
  • A trained staff member will walk you through everything you need to know from safety protocol to the tips and techniques that will have you throwing like an “ax-pert” in no time.
  • With capacity for groups as small as five to as large as 110, this is a great option for teams of all sizes.
  • Most facilities offer onsite or bring your own food and beverage options so you can sip and snack while you socialize with colleagues between turns.
  • You’ll be provided with all the equipment you’ll need but be sure to come wearing closed toe shoes and comfortable athletic attire.

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

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