10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN PITTSBURGH

Create new connections in the ‘City of Bridges’.

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Pittsburgh is nestled at the junction of three rivers on the western edge of Pennsylvania. A city rich with history and modern flair alike, it’s a great place to come together and host your next company retreat

Explore the city by land on a walking tour or cruise through the waterways on a paddleboard excursion. However you choose to experience Pittsburgh, you're guaranteed to grow your skills and build new bridges between team members.

If you’re planning to head to Pittsburgh with your team, keep reading for our top recommendations for team building experiences on any budget. 

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See the Pittsburgh bridges first hand with kayaking 

  • Try a new skill with team members, enjoy the outdoors and unwind while you explore downtown Pittsburgh and its three rivers from a unique vantage point.
  • A great option for all skill levels, staff will walk you through everything you need to know like the basics of paddling and safety instructions that will leave even first-timers well-equipped for success.
  • Get ready for a bit of workout! Kayaking utilizes new muscle groups, and parts of the river provide good resistance with the currents. 
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen! Pack light and be sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet as chances are you’ll experience some splashes. 
  • Pricing is extremely reasonable for this experience making it a great choice for teams on a tighter budget! 

Explore the city with a walking tour

  • Experience Pittsburgh with a fun-filled and educational walking tour while you take in the beauty of the city’s cultural and historical sights. 
  • Various tours are available highlighting different key aspects of both the past and present culture of this vibrant and fascinating city. 
  • Expert guides will offer commentary throughout the tour providing insights, interesting facts and answers to any questions your team may have about the area.
  • Tours generally last under two hours and the average walking distance is about two miles, so be sure to wear comfortable footwear.
  • Private tours are available and can accommodate up to 15 people with options for route customization and tour duration. 
  • This is an extremely affordable option for teams of all sizes! 

Test your team with an escape room 

  • Try an escape room for an immersive, hands-on team building activity that promotes problem-solving, time management and communication. 
  • Select from a number of themed rooms that are beautifully decorated as you solve puzzles, search for clues and escape before the time runs out. 
  • Staff will provide thorough explanations and will get you excited to begin your challenge. They can even walk you through the solution should you not finish in time! 
  • Depending on the size of your group, either play together or separate into teams to compete for the fastest time. 
  • The price of this experience is quite affordable, especially for teams on a tighter budget. 

Chop & talk with a cooking class 

  • Have an unforgettable team building experience in Pittsburgh with a cooking class where you will create your very own delicious meal. 
  • Explore new dishes and cuisines as the chef takes you step by step, emphasizing sanitation practices, knife skills, kitchen tips and cooking techniques from prepping ingredients to finishing touches on your final product. 
  • All ingredients and equipment is provided including aprons, chef hats, side towels and necessary utensils. 
  • Continue the fun by sitting down to enjoy your meal together once you’re done cooking! 
  • The price for this experience is on the higher end and limited to less than 10 participants, but if it’s within your budget and you have a small team it’s definitely worth the price tag. 

Paddles up for paddle boarding

  • Allow your team to enjoy the great outdoors, unwind, and learn a new skill with a stand-up paddle boarding experience!
  • With various tour options available, select a paddle boarding activity that will thrill and excite your colleagues, including options to even paddle together on one giant board. 
  • Instructors will guide you through the basics, providing tips on technique and making sure even first time paddleboarders thoroughly enjoy themselves. 
  • You’ll be provided with all the equipment you need from paddle boards and paddles, to life jackets. 
  • While on the pricier side of things, this unforgettable experience is definitely worth it if it’s within your budget.  

Painting together = the best team building activity 

  • Encourage your team members to work their brains in new ways by jump-starting their creative thinking with a paint night. 
  • Instructors will provide you with step by step instruction as you and your colleagues create your very own masterpieces. Some studios even encourage team members to work together on different portions of the same large painting!
  • Your team will be provided with everything they need, from paint and brushes to easels, canvases and aprons. 
  • Unwind and feel the therapeutic effects of art while you munch on snacks and sip an alcoholic beverage or two, most locations allow you to bring your own!
  • Ideal for groups of all sizes, these 2-3 hour sessions make for a memorable experience without breaking the bank.

Pump your adrenaline with a paintball tournament 

  • Improve communication, teamwork and problem solving skills with your team through a paintball tournament in Pittsburgh. 
  • Friendly staff members will guide you through all that you need to know, from how to properly use your equipment to all the safety guidelines that will keep everyone safe and having fun. 
  • With various fields available, this is a great team-bonding experience for both new and returning groups. 
  • Play on a single team together or separate to battle it out amongst each other for some healthy competition between colleagues. 
  • Perfect for teams on a budget, this is an affordable option for teams both big and small. 

Explore the waters on a pedal boat

  • Enjoy Pittsburgh from a unique perspective and add a little easy exercise to your next company retreat when you take to the water and tour via pedal boat!
  • Work together as a team as you listen to your favorite tunes, enjoy alcoholic beverages and indulge in some tasty snacks.
  • Cruises generally last just under two hours and most boats accommodate up to 20 people, with about 75% of the team pedaling and 15% along for the ride. 
  • While boats generally do not have bathrooms on board, they are available prior to the start of the tour and sometimes a stop for bathroom breaks will occur halfway through.
  • Tours operate rain or shine, unless the coastguard deems the water unsafe, at which point you will be offered a chance to reschedule or receive a refund.

Reach the top with rock climbing 

  • Rock climbing is an excellent team building activity that combines trust, teamwork and communication amongst coworkers! 
  • Most locations offer a range of different course options allowing everyone from novice to experienced climbers to enjoy themselves as they make their way up the walls. 
  • Host races amongst team members to challenge and delight as they work on their new skills. 
  • You’ll be provided with everything you need including shoes, harnesses and chalk - just be sure to wear comfortable athletic gear. 
  • The pricing is very reasonable and discounts are often provided for larger groups looking to book together. 

Hit the bullseye with ax throwing 

  • Stretch your legs and loosen up your throwing arms by trying your hand at ax throwing. 
  • Safety is always a top priority for this experience and staff will ensure everyone understands the proper guidelines, techniques and tips before starting - just be sure to arrive wearing closed-toed shoes!
  • Introduce some healthy competition as you compete against one another, or host a round robin tournament to see who can hit the bullseye the most!
  • Some locations even offer mobile targets that can be brought onsite to your event.
  • This is a great option for teams on a budget as it’s an affordable option for groups of all sizes. 

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

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