Dallas is one of Texas’s most populous cities, within driving distance of the state capital and the scenic beauty of Texas Hill Country. Whether you’re planning an outing in the city or an escape into the country, we’ve put together this list of 12 great team building ideas in Dallas to help you out. From creative indoor activities to outdoor adventures, you’ll find plenty of team building options that you can bring to the office or host at a rented Peerspace venue.
1. Fire up the grill with BBQ Like a Champ
For a Texas-themed activity, learn to BBQ with Larry Moody, who’s appeared in competitions at the State Fair of Texas and served as a judge on the Food Network. His team building workshops are a great fit for groups of all ages. You’ll take part in a cooking contest, learn how to sample and judge BBQ, and get awards for the best steaks or chops.
2. Book a Peerspace venue for your team
Design your own event from scratch, and start by booking a one-of-a-kind Peerspace venue. Use the search filters to find a venue that suits your budget, preferred location, and group size. Great Dallas venues include this airy conference room near the city center, as well as this modern Mediterranean meeting retreat in Knox / Henderson. This is the perfect way to mix and match multiple activities and incorporate all of your team building ideas. Just inquire with your local host about catering options, A/V rentals, and other special requests. You can also use Peerspace’s Concierge team to help customize your booking.
3. Learn to climb at Trinity Forest Adventure Park
Ropes courses are a classic team building activity, and the Trinity Forest Adventure Park has everything you need for a high-flying adventure on ropes and zip lines. Choose from a variety of workshop options that include up to three hours on the ropes course and a BBQ lunch or dinner. Your team will get to explore up to seven acres of woodland on over 60 elevated platforms, giving them plenty of opportunities to work together and develop trust and leadership skills.
4. Pedal together with Dallas Party Bikes
For a more laid-back outing, take your team on a ride with Dallas Party Bikes. Their 15-seat bike will take you on a two-hour bar crawl of Dallas’s Deep Ellum neighborhood. The bike is built with a sound system and LED lights, and you can bring your own drinks on board for a fun night out. Choose this option for a get-to-know you outing that requires your team to work together to make it up the hills! You can even rent multiple bikes for groups of up to 75 people.
5. Make care packages for kids with Idea Fountain
Do something good for the community with a volunteer project hosted by Idea Fountain. You’ll put together care packages that will be delivered to kids at the local children’s hospital. If you want to combine this with other team building activities, Idea Fountain has plenty of options to choose from, and they’ll bring everything you need to your office or Peerspace venue.
6. Get creative with Texas Wine & Wood
One of the best ways to build team spirit is with an arts and crafts project. Texas Wine & Wood will host your team at their creative studio or bring the equipment to you with a mobile party option. Everyone on your team will get to pick a wooden sign or pallet to paint with their own design. And, of course, you can sip wine while you paint to make for a relaxed social evening.
7. Host a private paintball game with Gat Splat
Gat Splat offers team building events at their three paintball venues in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Rent out their whole venue for an exciting adventure for small and large groups. Everyone gets their own personal safety gear and 300 paintballs. Stick around for catered food and drink after the game. Since this venue is indoors, it’s great for enjoying the A/C on a hot summer day!
8. Solve the puzzles at A Room With A Clue
Escape rooms never get old, but if you’re looking for team building ideas in Dallas, you’ll want to find one that has a program specifically for corporate teams. A Room With A Clue is one of the city’s best, with customizable event options at their Deep Ellum facility. Your group will break up into small teams to solve the clues, and then walk through the room again later to debrief and see how the lessons you learned in the game can be brought back to the office.
9. Paint like a master with Gogh For It!
Another fun creative option is Gogh For It!, a painting party in which you’ll learn how to paint like an Impressionist or Dutch master. The facilitators offer customized workshop options that are great for a corporate retreat or team building exercise. Choose a collaborative activity in which you’ll work together to paint a large canvas that you can hang in the office later.
10. Learn collaborative skills with Improv to Improve
Improv to Improve offers team building workshops that focus on skills that make the workplace go ‘round: public speaking, collaboration, thinking on your feet, and more. Request a standalone workshop or make it part of a full-day company retreat. Improv can be intimidating, but this is a fun team building activity that can have a positive impact on your company’s culture.
11. Head outdoors with Canyons and Crags
Make the most of your location in central Texas with a workshop focused on outdoor skills and rescue trainings. Rich Carlson is an experienced canyoneer who can host a team building event at your Peerspace venue or take your team on an epic outdoor adventure. The Ultralight Rigging and Rescue workshop focuses on critical thinking and problem-solving under pressure. This is best for groups that already have some outdoor experience and want to level up their skills.
12. Run the obstacle course at DFW Adventure Park
For more of an entry-level adventure, head to the obstacle course and paintball field at the DFW Adventure Park. The instructors will lead you through team building activities that are suitable for all skill levels, while still pushing you gently outside of your comfort zone. Choose from paintball, Airsoft, laser combat, zip lines, and more. This versatile venue is a great setting for all of your epic team building ideas in Dallas, from Capture the Flag to zombie hunts to mud runs!
Texas is a state known for its adventurous spirit — and these team building ideas in Dallas won’t disappoint. From ropes courses to DIY art projects to cooking contests, these activities are sure to bring your team together in true Texas style, with plenty of BBQ and beer!