10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN RALEIGH

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Situated on the East Coast, halfway between New York and Florida, Raleigh, is the capital city of North Carolina, known for its educational and technological institutions. Raleigh joins Durham and Chapel Hill creating what is commonly known as the Research Triangle.

With a thriving food and beer scene and a vibrant culture, the second largest city in North Carolina is packed with authentic experiences, big-city vibes, and a flourishing Southern charm that offers the best of both worlds.

If you’re planning a team-building retreat that won’t break the bank, keep reading for our recommendations on the best experiences that Raleigh has to offer!

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Explore the city like never before 

  • Tour the city in new age style on electric Trikkes, three-wheeled electric vehicles that are easy to use, good for the planet and a whole lot of fun for your team.
  • This is a great way to get to know the city together, see more attractions in a shorter amount of time and beat the exhaustion that comes with walking.
  • Raleigh’s history is rich with mystery and intrigue, captivating heroes and villains, historic sight-seeing and even a ghost story of two that is sure to keep the team chatting. 
  • Closed-toe shoes are a must, along with comfortable, weather appropriate clothing that fits well with nothing loose or hanging.
  • You’ll be accompanied on your tour by a knowledgeable guide who can answer any questions you may have about the area and provide you with tips and the best eateries to check out after your tour.

Test your problem solving skills with an escape room

  • Escape rooms provide a fun and relaxed way to build teamwork skills and work on collaborative problem-solving as you come together to solve consecutive puzzles before the time runs out.
  • For smaller groups, share an escape room to work together and for larger groups separate into teams and play against one another for some fun competition.
  • Use this experience to strengthen team communication, collaboration and time management skills. 
  • This is a fairly budget friendly experience and is a great option for teams of all sizes.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your reservation to leave ample time for instruction and any questions your team may have. 

Taste the town with a food tour 

  • A food tour offers a fun-filled way to experience Raleigh while sampling the best of what the city has to eat!
  • With guided tours that provide historical and culinary insights about local culture, your team is sure to learn a lot about the fascinating culinary landscape of the city. 
  • Expect to try a variety of different cuisines throughout your stops, with around 5-6 restaurants typically included on every tour.
  • Although team members won’t be on their feet the entire duration of the tour (which runs about 3 hours), it’s important to dress comfortably with emphasis on footwear.
  • While on the pricier side, the relaxed atmosphere of the city and treating your tastebuds makes the price tag worthwhile. 

Ready, set, race with GoKarting 

  • Challenge team members and their driving skills as they race around the track with a team go-kart experience. 
  • Compete on an individual level or create round robin tournaments to see who comes out on top. 
  • Perfect for even the largest company retreats, with capacity levels usually being a few hundred, those who aren’t racing can cheer on their coworkers or settle in for some food and drink together.
  • Staff will prepare racers with everything they need to know from safety protocols to driving advice.
  • This is an affordable option for teams with lower budgets and an investment that pays off with boosted morale and driver’s bragging rights. 

Get adventurous with a TreeTop obstacle course 

  • If you’re looking for a novel and exciting experience that will have you and your team members smiling, look no further than a treetop obstacle course.
  • With over 100 obstacles and zip lines, seven aerial courses and park trails in five difficulty levels there is something for everyone. 
  • Set leadership goals, challenge the team and explore group dynamics from 10-35 feet in the air.
  • Operating rain or shine, be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly, team members should also bring closed-toe athletic shoes.
  • It’s recommended to bring as little as possible with you and be prepared to spend around 3 hours here. Plan your meal times accordingly!

Whisk up some fun with a cooking class 

  • Swap out a traditional company lunch with something more challenging and interactive through a company cooking class.
  • This is a great way to improve communication, bond with team members and have a whole lot of fun while you’re at it.
  • Perfect for smaller corporate retreats, your menu is customizable and an instructor is partnered with your party for your specific needs.   
  • No specific skill level is required as everything is prepped and your chef will take you and your team through everything you need to know from start to finish. 
  • After you’re finished cooking, sit down to enjoy your meal as a group while you converse and relish in the fruits of your labor.

Work for your drinks with a trolley pub

  • Powered by you and your team, a pub-crawling trolley is an eco-friendly option that lets you experience the open-air, enjoy delicious beverages and explore the splendor of the city.
  • Your team can select various stops from breweries to bars and restaurants. With so many options this may be the most difficult thing about this experience!
  • Accommodating teams with as little as 6 members all the way up to 84, this is a great option for teams of all sizes.
  • A little physical activity is the perfect afternoon activity to get those endorphins flowing while you make memories in the North Carolina sunshine.
  • With tours lasting a couple of hours, you’re guaranteed to have conversations and laughter a plenty.  

Painting + wine = perfection 

  • Creativity is a skill we can all work on building and with an upscale paint (& wine) night team members will be encouraged to think in new ways and challenge their artistic skills.
  • All the supplies you need will be available onsite including canvases, easels, brushes, paints and aprons for the class. 
  • You and your team members will be provided with various painting options and in some locations you’ll even be able to design your own.
  • Enjoy a range of alcoholic beverages and small food options to sip and snack throughout your experience.
  • This activity is budget-friendly and can accommodate both large and small groups, generally accommodating as many as 50-70 participants  

Aim for the bull’s eye with ax throwing 

  • Let your next retreat spark joy with a new experience for your team members as they try their hands at axe throwing.
  • Introduce an element of healthy competition by participating in tournaments between teams.
  • Ensure to arrive promptly for your reservation as instructors will walk you through the basics of harnessing a hatchet and all the important safety measures you need to know prior to beginning your throwing. 
  • Many locations will have both alcoholic beverages and food available to enjoy while you are mastering the skills alongside your coworkers.
  • This is a fairly-budget friendly team building experience and perfect for a wide range of group sizes - just don’t forget to wear closed toe shoes. 

Don’t sweat the tall stuff with rock climbing 

  • Rock climbing is an adrenaline-filled activity that helps promote communication and trust between team members. 
  • Staff are on hand to help make your experience safe and fun, giving team members the chance to re-energize while taking their skills to new heights.
  • Many facilities offer a wide range of course options allowing for participants of all skill levels to participate and feel accomplished in their achievements. 
  • All equipment is provided, including harnesses, rock climbing shoes and chalk. Just be sure to dress for success in comfortable, athletic attire.
  • Compete for first to the top or challenge participants to make it up the wall using only certain rocks for an exhilarating thrill.

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

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