One of the leading cities in the United States in terms of job growth, Houston is home to a healthy workforce. And thanks to its strong industries and plenty of fun attractions, this Texan metropolis offers a wide range of activities for corporate groups to take part in. Whether you’re in the market for an offbeat creative outing or something a little more traditional, you’re sure to find the perfect thing to do with your team in Houston. That said, let’s take a look at our list of 10 team outing ideas in Houston that your entire company will be talking about for weeks to come.
1. Go for a test drive with Racing Adventures.
Get behind the wheel of a sports car at GrandSport Speedway. When you book a corporate event or team outing with Racing Adventures, you’ll have access to Corvettes, Ferraris, and more. If you want to include team-building exercises, you can book a complete package that includes a meeting space, beverages, corporate swag, and other custom options.
2. Book an incredible Peerspace.
Peerspace is your go-to source for creative event spaces that you won’t find on most lists of corporate venues. You can rent unique locations directly from local hosts, including creative studios, art galleries, and a backyard tiki bar. If you want to design your own outing from the ground up, all you have to do is rent a venue and arrange for catering and entertainment. Peerspace’s Concierge team is there to help you find local vendors and equipment rentals, making your team outing a breeze to plan from end to end.
3. Get creative with Black Swan Screenprinting.
Bring a mobile screenprinting studio to your office or company picnic with Black Swan. You’ll just need a 12′ x 12′ indoor or outdoor space and access to electricity. Black Swan will bring all of the equipment and two assistants to show your team what to do. This is a great hands-on activity that will give your team the opportunity to get creative and bring home a souvenir. (Hint: if you need a venue to host Black Swan Screenprinting, book a space on Peerspace!)
4. Learn to paint at Pinot’s Palette.
Bring your own drinks to Pinot’s Palette, a “paint and sip” studio in Montrose. Their workshops are designed for painters of all levels, so they’re perfect for large groups of any skill level. If you book a private event, you can pick the painting the class will work on. You can rent a room at the Montrose studio or have a mobile painting session at your office or Peerspace.
They also have team-building options, including Mystery Painting, in which you don’t get to see what the finished product will look like, as well as Jigsaw Painting, where all of the paintings fit together to form a larger canvas. Whether you want to keep things simple or get silly, Pinot’s Palette is a fun team outing idea in Houston for small to mid-sized groups.
5. Go glamping with Under Canvas.
Whether you spend the night under the stars or just party into the evening, Under Canvas will set up a luxury camping experience for your team anywhere in the United States. Choose a package with 12 tents, hree dance floors, and two buffets that’s suitable for up to 500 guests. Even if you don’t travel outside the city, an Under Canvas event can make your corporate outing feel like a real music festival. Just hire a caterer and some entertainment and throw your own mini-Coachella!
6. Solve the puzzles at Escape Hunt.
Take your team to an escape room at Escape Hunt. With a new Apollo 13 Escape Room based on NASA’s famous lunar mission, you’ll get to solve the infamous “problem” right here in Houston. With part of your group in the command center and the others in the spacecraft, you’ll work together to move the crew between the lunar and command module to get them safely back to Earth! While this mission only fits 12 at a time, Escape Hunt also has additional rooms and team-building exercises available.
7. Experience the James Turrell Epiphany Skyspace.
Artist James Turrell creates unique structures that use natural light and LEDs to play with the viewer’s perception of the sky. There are only around 80 of these installations in the world, and Houston is fortunate to have one at Rice University. Most days, the Skyspace is open to the public for viewing, with the light show taking place at sunrise and sunset. The event is free, and the space can fit up to 120 people at a time. This is a quiet, reflective team outing idea in Houston.
8. Bet on the turtle race at Little Woodrow’s.
Little Woodrow’s is a popular Texas “watering hole” with locations all across Houston. They’re known for their turtle races, in which a group of turtles are released into a circular ring and the first one to reach the edge of the circle is the winner. You can’t bet money on these turtles, but you can win prizes if you choose the right one. Races are usually on Thursday nights.
9. Tour the city with a Pedal Party.
For a mobile outing, book a ride on the “Fietscafe,” a pedal-powered cart made in Amsterdam that seats up to 12. You can choose from several different routes, making stops along the way on a two- to three-hour tour. Bring your own snacks and beverages (beer and wine is fine, but no glass), blast the music, and enjoy a leisurely trip around the city.
10. Host a field day at Discovery Green.
Make the most of Houston’s sunny weather with an outdoor trip to Discovery Green. This park has a lake, playing fields, and multiple event venues, making this a great spot to get away from the office without leaving downtown. Rent a venue for a party, performance, BBQ, or picnic. Alternatively, sign up for one of the free fitness classes, such as lunchtime yoga or evening parkour.
There are an impressive variety of team outing ideas in Houston that are suitable for groups of all sizes. Whether you’re in town for a conference or simply visiting, we hope that the ideas on this list give you some fun possibilities to work with. If you’re still looking for the perfect venue, browse Peerspace for more location ideas and event spaces to choose from!