9 Cool Retreat Activities in Los Angeles to Bond Your Team
Los Angeles is a sprawling city with dozens of cool neighborhoods to explore. It’s also home to hundreds of fun activities to get your team out of the office. Whether you’re planning a weekend trip away from the city or a full-day outing to the mountains or the beach, we’ve come up with nine awesome retreat activities in Los Angeles to build team spirit and foster collaboration.
From Catalina Island to the Universal Studios backlot, there are plenty of options in LA to keep your team busy and interacting in a new environment together. If a prearranged retreat package or guided tour isn’t your thing, then design your own corporate outing by renting a local venue on Peerspace and hiring your own caterer and workshop facilitators.
1. Take a workshop with the Fulcrum Leadership Institute
The Fulcrum Leadership Institute (FLI) is a great option for a guided program of retreat activities in Los Angeles. Their workshops include leadership assessment, values clarification, and other programs, but their most effective activity is the high ropes challenge course. FLI is especially ideal if your team is currently experiencing roadblocks or communication challenges.
They also offer fully planned multi-day retreats, giving your team a chance to put away their phones, enjoy the peace and quiet of nature, and reflect on their work together. You can book their workshops on-location or at your Peerspace rental anywhere in LA.
2. Book a unique venue on Peerspace
For the most flexibility in your retreat program, create your own customized outing by renting a Peerspace venue from a local host. Filter your search results by size, location, and other amenities until you find the perfect spot for your team. From a beautiful Laguna Beach house with views of the ocean to a 11,000-square-foot mansion in Camarillo, there are thousands of options to choose from, including some with conference rooms and A/V equipment included.
Not sure if a location has everything you need? Just ask your local host or call up the Concierge service for recommendations for a caterer, workshop facilitator, or corporate photographer.
3. Embark on a scavenger hunt through Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios is a great option for a team retreat, with dozens of event spaces available all around the park and the backlot. Rent out meeting spaces, dining areas, or a private cinema for your scheduled activities, then let your team run free on a two-hour scavenger hunt designed by the Universal Studios team. The “ride and seek” guides will provide your team with clues to solve. In addition, your team can stroll through the park and enjoy the rides and attractions.
4. Take a trip with Bikes & Hikes
Incorporate some exercise into your team retreat with a bicycle tour led by Bikes & Hikes. Their tours can accommodate up to 500 people, offering a range of team-building activities. Choose from a hike to the Griffith Park Observatory (with a picnic lunch included) or a sailing trip from Marina del Rey. Whether you take the six-hour “LA in a day” bike tour or something a little more leisurely, Bikes & Hikes can put together a customized package of retreat activities in Los Angeles.
5. Relive summer camp with Camp No Counselors
This retreat facility situated one-and-a-half hours outside of LA is the perfect choice for teams that want to relive the magic of summer camp. With climate-controlled bunk beds and a solar-heated swimming pool, this is definitely an upgrade from the camp you went to as a kid. But you’ll still get to participate in all of your favorite camp activities, including dodgeball, capture the flag, arts & crafts, and more. For a fun retreat weekend outside of the city — with food, drinks, and accommodations included — reach out to the Camp No Counselors team to design a program for you.
6. Build bicycles for children with Together We Rise
For a team retreat with a do-good mission, book an event with Together We Rise, which helps provide duffel bags and bicycles to children in foster care. Through customized team-building exercises, your group will work together to build bikes or skateboards, or decorate duffel bags filled with toys and teddy bears for foster children. Whether your team is a few dozen or a few hundred in size, this is great retreat activity that can make a difference in people’s lives.
7. Hike to Sturtevant Camp
To really get away from it all, head to Sturtevant Camp in the San Gabriel Mountains. This is the most remote option on this list: although the cabins can accommodate groups of 40, they’re only accessible by foot, so you’ll have to hike in — or hire a donkey to carry your gear at a dollar per pound.
Once you’re there, enjoy hikes, board games, volleyball, shuffleboard, ping-pong, and more. The camp also hosts events on some weekends, such as a beer-making and tasting workshop. See what team activities are available on the weekend that you visit.
8. Go horseback riding at Ranch Day Retreat
For a less remote option, choose Ranch Day Retreat, which offers “equine-assisted learning activities” that focus on self-awareness and relationship management. Your team will work with a group of horses to improve your interpersonal dynamics and relationship skills. These events are suitable for groups of up to 30 and last around two hours, although you can also add a picnic lunch or horseback ride through Will Rogers State Historic Park.
9. Explore Catalina Island with Catalina Food Tours
Take your team on a boat ride from Long Beach to Catalina Island. Catalina Food Tours offers all-in-one experiences that include stops at some of the best restaurants on the island, plus team-building activities throughout the day. The one-hour ferry ride each way makes for the perfect beginning and ending to your day out.
Southern California is one of the best places in the country to plan a corporate retreat. With great weather year-round and a variety of outdoor settings to choose from, you won’t have to work too hard to find awesome retreat activities in Los Angeles and beyond. We think these nine options are a great starting point, and you can always browse Peerspace for more ideas!