Charlotte is one of North Carolina’s biggest cultural centers, making it a creative hub for tourists and businesses alike. Whether your team is based in the city, or you’re visiting from nearby, this is a fun destination for team building activities of all kinds. From indoor escape rooms to outdoor adventures, you’ll find plenty of options here to get your team working together in a new way. Check out our list of 11 fun team building ideas in Charlotte to start you off. To make the most of your outing, rent a Peerspace venue to host one or more of these activities. From team retreats to product launches, you’ll find venues for all kinds of occasions, available to rent from local hosts who will make sure your team feels at home.
1. Brave the ropes course at Kinetic Heights
Many ropes courses are outdoors, but the indoor climbing challenges at Kinetic Heights make this team building idea in Charlotte suitable for all seasons. The experienced facilitators will guide your team through collaborative exercises while allowing you all to reflect on your team’s dynamics along the way. You can choose from two- to three-and-a-half-hour workshops, then stick around for a catered dinner or additional activities at one of the on-site meeting rooms.
2. Host a customized event at a Peerspace venue
If you prefer to host your off-site activities at an unconventional venue, browse Peerspace to find a variety of options, from the mainstream to the offbeat. You’ll find everything from hi-tech event spaces with A/V gear to a rustic pavilion on a farm surrounded by forest. Since these locations are available to rent from local hosts, you can inquire about personalized recommendations for a caterer, equipment rentals, and other special requests. Plus, the Concierge service is always available to help you add additional staff and services onto your booking.
3. Solve the puzzles at the Codescape escape room
Escape rooms are a convenient option for team building ideas in Charlotte because they don’t take a lot of planning. Not only does Codescape have several themed rooms to choose from — including Shipwrecked, Deep Space, and The Experiment — but they have specially designed team building packages, too. Groups of up to 36 players will split up into smaller groups to take turns in the escape rooms. A conference room with a sound system, projector, and other A/V gear is included with your booking for a catered lunch or debriefing after the session.
4. Sharpen your aim at the Axe Club of America
Nearly every major US city seems to have an axe-throwing club these days, and Charlotte is no exception. The Axe Club of America calls the game “more satisfying than darts,” and it’s a fun way for your team to blow off some steam while competing to hit the targets. You can book one or more axe-throwing lanes (or the entire venue) for groups from six up to 100 people. Beer can be purchased on site, and you’ll also get a personalized training session start you off.
5. Learn to make noodles with the Story of Ramen
Cooking lessons are a great way to build team spirit, and the Story of Ramen’s hands-on class is a fun two-hour option. You’ll learn to make noodles from scratch, and then get to enjoy your bowl of ramen, as well as an appetizer and dessert. Workshops are hosted in Queen City, or you can arrange for them to come to you at your office or Peerspace location.
6. Paint and sip (and sing!) at the City Art Room
Host a private party at City Art Room and choose from more than 20 art-based activities, such as pottery painting, wood and canvas painting, karaoke, and more. They also offer team building activities, such as “Puzzle Painting,” in which each person paints a different piece that fits into a larger image when you’re done. You can book one of their locations in Westend and Boardwalk or have them come to you at a retreat space or Peerspace rental.
7. Hit the racetrack at Victory Lane Karting
You’re never too old for go-karts, especially at Victory Lane, which has 100,000 sq.ft. of space to host your corporate event or team building outing. The venue includes the Pit Road Bar and Grill and the Gasoline Alley bowling area, making it a well-rounded option for a team outing!
8. Go on a scavenger hunt at Carowinds theme park
Just a 15-minute drive from the city, Carowinds theme park makes for an exciting team building idea in Charlotte. In addition to riding the rollercoasters, you can go on an Amazing Race-style scavenger hunt, play a game show, or attend a workshop by Teambonders. Carowinds has everything you need for an all-day outing, from on-site meeting spaces to catering options.
9. Take a bike or Segway ride with Charlotte NC Tours
If you’re new to the city — or just want to see it from a different point of view — learn to find your way around on a team building tour by bike or Segway. Charlotte NC Tours has a variety of fun tour options, including “Bike & Brews” and “Taste & Cycle.” Whether you hit the streets for a food tour or a Segway Skills Challenge, you’ll enjoy your time exploring the city as a team!
10. Explore the city on the Trolley Pub bike bar
For a different kind of tour, hop onto the Trolley Pub, a 14-seat bike bar that will transport you through Uptown, the South End, or NoDa. Rent multiple bikes to bring up to 54 people along. You’ll stop at several pubs along the way and can bring your own beer onto the trolley.
11. Go for a paddle with Cannon Water Adventures
Enjoy the best of Charlotte’s scenic outdoor options with a kayak or paddleboard outing on Lake Norman, hosted by Cannon Water Adventures. You can book an introductory class with up to six people per instructor. Or, if your team is already comfortable on the water, you can rent kayaks or paddleboards for a self-guided outdoor adventure.
Charlotte is full of great team building ideas both within the city and nearby. Choose one of these options for a standalone activity, or mix and match several of them to design your own weekend retreat or all-day outing. For the most flexibility, rent a Peerspace venue to serve as your home base or retreat center for your activities. Remember, you can call the Concierge service for help adding catering options, A/V rentals, and more onto your booking!