Baltimore may be only an hour’s drive from the nation’s capital, but it’s formed a distict Atlantic culture all its own. From Edgar Allan Poe to the Orioles, Baltimore’s cultural symbols are known all over the country — and that’s not even counting its famous seafood dishes, such as crab cakes and oysters. If you’re looking for team building ideas in Baltimore, you’ll find food tours, sailing lessons, outdoor activities, and more. Take a look at our list of the most creative team building ideas in the region, and book a Peerspace venue if you need a place to host your event or outing!
1. Head outdoors with Terrapin Adventures
First, spend some time in the great outdoors with a team building workshop in Savage, MD, less than 30 minutes from downtown Baltimore. Terrapin Adventures offers everything from zip lines and ropes courses to a giant swing and climbing tower. Not all of their team building events are high-adrenaline, though. You’ll take part in hands-on activities that encourage cooperation and reflection. Choose from the Terrapin Olympics or the Escapade Package. Or, for something a little different, choose the Beer and Fear Package, which includes a two-hour adventure on the challenge course, followed by a six-item menu and Rams Head beer sampler.
2. Host a customized event at a Peerspace venue
Sometimes you already have a team building idea in mind and just need a venue to host it. Get out of the office and host your event at a memorable Peerspace venue in or around Baltimore. You’ll find everything from this beautifully renovated church that fits 175 guests, to this modern coworking space with breakout rooms and table tennis with room for up to 40 people.
Whether you’re planning a creative workshop, a cooking class, or something else altogether, you can customize your Peerspace location to suit any occasion. Just call up the Concierge to book a photographer, caterer, or event staff. The service can also arrange for A/V gear and furniture rentals to be delivered to your venue. With a little help from your local host, you can bring any of your team building ideas in Baltimore to life with Peerspace!
3. Go on a food tour with Bite of Baltimore
No outing in Baltimore is complete without a taste of the city’s food scene. You’ll get to try a Bite of Baltimore on this customizable food tour with team building games and activities built in. With several tours to choose from, you can spend the day in Little Italy or Mount Vernon, or try local foods on the waterfront with a tour of Fells Point. Each walking tour can accommodate up to 15 people, and includes four dishes, a cocktail, and, of course, a bit of history along the way. Dietary preferences — including shellfish-free options— can be selected when you book the tour.
4. Sail the seas with Urban Pirates
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is connected to the Chesapeake Bay, making it the perfect spot to get some sailing lessons in. Adventurous teams can go on an outing with Urban Pirates, which has a variety of options for business gatherings and corporate events. Chartered cruises are BYOB events, with room for up to 49 passengers on the ship. The dress code is, well, pirate-chic.
5. Book a dueling piano show with Howl 2 Go
There’s no better way to enjoy a night out as a team than with a live music singalong — but not everyone is into karaoke. As an alternative, you can head to Howl at the Moon, a dueling piano bar that will get everyone on your team singing along to the classics. You can also book a pair of pianists from Howl 2 Go to perform at your team building event or corporate function.
6. Drive construction equipment at the Heavy Metal Playground
If you’ve ever driven by a construction site and wanted to get behind the wheel of a bulldozer or a caterpillar, this may be the perfect team building idea in Baltimore for you. At the Heavy Metal Playground, you’ll get to learn how to safely use the machinery before engaging in team-based challenges, such as moving a car or building an obstacle course out of tires. Not only is it a fun group activity, but you’ll have to work together and make a plan to achieve the objectives.
7. Take a class at the Baltimore Chef Shop
Learn to make some of Baltimore’s favorite dishes at the Baltimore Chef Shop, which offers an impressive range of classes to choose from. You’ll find skill-based classes (such as Knife Skills 101) as well as specific techniques and menu items, like handmade pasta, regional dishes, and more. You can book a private class at their Main Kitchen (max. 16) or Pantry (max. 10).
8. Row your boat with the Baltimore Dragon Boat Club
For another opportunity to get out on the water, book a team building event with the Baltimore Dragon Boat Club. While this outing doesn’t require any previous training, and is suitable for a range of skill levels, communication is key. It’s only when you paddle together as a team and learn to synchronize your strokes that you’ll be able to steer your boat effectively!
9. Learn the art of glassblowing at McFadden Art Glass
McFadden Art Glass offers glassblowing lessons at their Baltimore studio, but they also have a mobile studio that they can bring to your outdoor event space. Your team will learn to make their own glass pieces, including decorative ornaments, drinking glasses, bowls, and more. This is a great team building idea in Baltimore that can be customized to suit your team’s preferences.
10. Ride through Fells Point on the Charm City Pedal Mill
Get some exercise on the Charm City Pedal Mill, a pedal-powered vehicle that can seat up 15 people at once. There are two vehicles available to rent, making it a great option for a friendly competition for groups of up to 30 people. Choose from a scavenger hunt and/or a bar crawl, with multiple stops at Fells Point establishments and fun tasks to complete en route!
11. Paint your own pottery with Amazing Glaze
Finally, treat your team to a laid-back team building outing at Amazing Glaze, a pottery studio where you can paint cereal bowls, coffee mugs, vases, and more. Private events are available for groups from eight to 20 at two Baltimore locations. Other options include mosaic art and glass fusion. You can bring your own food and drink for a fun team building idea in Baltimore!
Whether you fly high on zip lines or sail the high seas, Baltimore can provide you with plenty of opportunities to spend time together as a team. If you prefer to host your own event, remember that you can book a venue on Peerspace to create a team outing of your own. Search the listings by capacity, event type, and more to find a range of suitable venues, both indoors and out!