10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN WASHINGTON

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Washington D.C’s authority as the capital of the United States has obscured its vivacious personality. In likeness to the USA itself, D.C is a diverse and multifaceted city. This mix of history and culture makes it an attractive option for your next team-building retreat.

Finding team-building ideas in D.C is no challenge, the true difficulty lies in refining your options. The city’s position along the Potomac River makes it an ideal place for watersports, while the city’s charming centre is great for a guided tour. Explore further and you’ll uncover more experiences including axe throwing, scavenger hunts, escape rooms and climbing, to name a few.

If you’re interested in hosting your team-building retreat in Washington D.C, continue reading for more fun ideas.

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Discover DC on an action-packed guided tour

  • The most comprehensive and exciting way to experience DC.
  • Enjoy a jam-packed 8-hour day and make memories to last a lifetime.
  • Join an expert guide both on foot or aboard a climate-controlled touring bus.
  • A fact-filled tour highlighting the history, culture, architecture and sights of this beautiful city.
  • At each stop, your guide will accompany you on foot as you learn about the local history and capture great photos.
  • Stop for a lunch break at either the Georgetown waterfront or the Pentagon City Mall.

Sip beers and set sail upon an eco-friendly pedal boat

  • Explore the Potomac river while keeping the waters clean onboard an eco-friendly padel boat.
  • Build new relationships as you drink, socialise and pedal down the Potomac River.
  • All tours are overseen by a USCG-certified master captain and deckhand to keep your crew safe.
  • The enthusiastic crew ensure your experience is lively and entertaining.
  • Tired of pedalling? Grab a paddle and start paddling (or let the captain engage the motors).
  • A monumental experience along the shores of the nation’s great capital.

Explore the city while solving puzzles and riddles on a scavenger hunt

  • This is the most unique way to explore Washington DC with your team.
  • Test your problem-solving and teamwork skills as you take challenges throughout the city.
  • Tailor the experience to the needs of your group.
  • Challenges and real-time scores are displayed using the mobile app.
  • Under intense time pressure, teams must find the listed items spread throughout the city.
  • Food and branded merchandise can be added to your experience upon request.

Improve teamwork skills at the escape rooms

  • Work together with your team to complete all objectives within 60 minutes.
  • Choose from a variety of meticulously designed rooms.
  • The gamemasters are highly entertaining and trained to extract a participant's full potential.
  • The perfect way to improve communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills.
  • Relax, unwind and play games in the waiting area between sessions.

Learn about Washington’s Italian influence on a guided food tour

  • Learn about the hidden Italian immigrant history that shaped and built Washington
  • Explore the city’s vibrant culture and architecture while stopping to enjoy numerous Italian-style eateries.
  • Stop at 4-5 local eateries and sample at least one dish.
  • An energetic and knowledgeable guide shows you around the city.
  • Locals and tourists alike enjoy the tour with all the food, sights and history it has to offer.

Improve your swing at a high-tech golf centre

  • Golf instruction is available for people of all levels and ages. 
  • An instructor is available who will help you achieve your golfing ambitions.
  • The kind and helpful staff go out of their way to make golfing fun for everyone.
  • Improve your swing with state-of-the-art TrackMan technology.
  • The knowledgeable staff provide useful hints and tips.
  • Meet other golfers and bond over a glass of wine and great food.

Ride to the beat of the music at the indoor cycling gym

  • Release stress and tension as you work up a sweat in a high-tempo cycling class.
  • Participants have access to the full facility including changing rooms, bathrooms and lockers.
  • Classes begin with a warm-up, before entering into climbs and sprints.
  • Finish the class with a restorative stretching routine.
  • The cycling tempo is dictated by the beat of the music.
  • Have so much fun you’ll forget you’re working out!

Improve your skills in the kitchen with a cookery class

  • Bond over new skills, cooking competitions and a shared meal or drink.
  • Cooking classes can be tailored to different experience levels.
  • Choose from a huge range of themed cooking and mixology classes.
  • Learn new cooking skills with tuition from professional chefs.
  • Enjoy a hands-on class as you learn to make five-star dishes.
  • Access restaurant-quality cooking facilities.

Learn to throw axes like a true lumberjack

  • All equipment is provided, as well as a friendly axe-throwing coach.
  • Learn the coveted skill of axe throwing with guidance from experienced instructors.
  • Play fun games and maybe learn trick shots.
  • A fun, light-hearted activity that everyone will enjoy.
  • Instructors provide a full safety briefing before participants are allowed to throw.

Traverse challenging courses at the indoor climbing gym

  • A variety of classes, designed to improve your indoor rock climbing knowledge.
  • Improve your skills and become a better and stronger climber.
  • Embark on a comprehensive climbing course with guidance from experienced instructors.
  • Optional “Climb Like a Girl” course designed specifically for women.
  • Full facility access is included for the duration of the course.
  • Join an eclectic community of passionate climbers.

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

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