Boston has always offered a combination of the traditional and the cutting-edge. With some of the country’s best colleges and universities, as well as a historic city center you can explore on foot, Boston offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities to keep you busy year-round. Whether you’re a visiting team or local startup, this list of team building ideas in Boston offers something fun for everyone. Choose one or more of the activities on this list, or rent a venue on Peerspace to create your own customized team building outing.
1. Go for a spin on the Bike Bus
The Bike Bus is one of Boston’s unique city tours. Instead of seats, this bus is outfitted with stationary bicycles, so you can get a workout while you tour around town. This is a fun alternative to a gym-based spin class, with music and instructors to keep you motivated all afternoon. Don’t worry — you’ll be buckled in securely for safety!
2. Host your own activities at a Peerspace venue
Peerspace is a great option for when you want to design your own team building ideas in Boston from scratch. Search for a unique venue from a local host, such as a modern coworking space or a beachside retreat to get away from the city. With venues both large and small, Peerspace lets you find a setting that’s as spacious or cozy as you need. Plus, you can call up the Concierge service for help booking a local caterer, photographer, or event facilitator for your outing.
3. Take a cooking class with Selfup
Cooking classes are a great way to bring your team together for a hands-on exercise, and the chefs at Selfup have a range of menu items to choose from. Learn how to make pizza, sushi, dumplings, and other creative dishes from all over the world. Or, you can choose the “Healthy Eating Team Building Class” where you’ll learn to cook the ancient grain farro. Selfup makes it easy to host a class at their kitchen or your Peerspace venue.
4. Have a friendly competition at Boston Paintball
Paintball is a great team building option because it requires you to strategize in a high pressure setting while competing with other players. Boston Paintball has several game options, including low-impact paintball, which is less painful than traditional paintball. With three different locations in the Boston area, you can play for up to three hours in indoor and outdoor arenas.
5. Learn the ropes at the Rock Spot climbing gym
Book a team building workshop at one of the Rock Spot’s four New England locations for a fun day of activities on the indoor climbing wall. The two-hour workshop is suitable for all skill levels. You’ll learn how to tie knots, belay each other, and plan a climbing route. You can also choose a three- to four-hour workshop with additional activities, such as relay races and blindfolded climbing.
6. Be a bartender for the day at Drink Master Bartending School
This hands-on alternative to happy hour is a fun team building idea in the Boston area. With a Cocktails & Mixology Class, you’ll get to practice making margaritas, martinis, and more. This two-hour event includes appetizers and drinks in a casual but educational setting. You’ll all take turns ordering drinks from each other and answering trivia questions along the way!
7. Take a sailing lesson at Schooner Sails
Boston’s proximity to the water means you can’t pass up the chance for a team building activity at sea — weather permitting, of course! A sailing lesson is the perfect summer adventure, with full- and half-day programs available from Schooner Sails for groups of up to 30 people. You’ll learn how to trim the sails on a 65-foot boat and take part in other hands-on activities.
8. Bike to Fenway Park with Urban AdvenTours
A bike tour along the Charles River Esplanade is a must for locals and visiting teams alike. This trip with Urban AdvenTours winds up at Fenway Park, where you’ll get to see the famous Green Monster up close. You’ll get VIP entry to the Park and to the Red Sox Hall of Fame. This tour is only available when there are home games, and you’ll need a separate ticket for the game.
9. Ride the zip lines at Zoar Outdoor
For a different kind of outdoor adventure, take a trip to the Berkshires with Zoar Outdoors, which offers rafting, zip line, and 4×4 packages. Choose from single-day or multi-day trips designed for small or mid-sized teams. With 11 zip lines and two sky bridges, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get over your fear of heights and work together as a team on the whitewater rapids.
10. Explore the Cape on Art’s Dune Tours
The Cape is Boston’s classic summer getaway, and Art’s Dune Tours allows you to explore the seashore in a comfortable seven-seater SUV. You’ll also have the option to add on a sailing, fishing, or kayaking excursion with a “dune and water package.” Or, choose a sunrise photography tour or watercolor painting class to learn more about the history of art in the Provincetown area — brush up on your own creative skills!
11. Play indoor sports at FieldHouse Sudbury
Take a trip to the FieldHouse for a variety of athletic team building ideas in Boston. This 55,000 sq.ft. facility is your go-to option for basketball, softball, dodgeball, and more. An on-site event facilitator will lead your group through team building exercises designed to asses your team’s needs, offering solutions in the form of communication games and sporting activities. This venue has everything you need to put your endurance and collaborative skills to the test!
From outdoors tours to culinary workshops and mixology classes, you won’t have to travel far to take advantage of all of the great team building activities that Boston has to offer. To make the most of your outing, consider booking a Peerspace venue so you can host one or more of these activities in a private venue customized for your team. This is a great option for visiting teams or local groups looking for a change of scenery! Remember, the Peerspace Concierge service can help you arrange for all of your furniture, A/V gear, and catering needs.